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The Best Text Messaging Phone

Updated on August 21, 2014

Finding the Best Texting Cell Phone

Cell phones today have a large number of functions. Many are workhorses offering the ability to view and edit documents, manage your calendar, access the internet and more. Many offer nice entertainment features such as streaming TV, movies, and music, and even offer gaming, GPS, and camera functions. All of them provide voice and text communication.

As you might suspect different models excell in different areas. If one phone is an excellent camera phone it might be poor in the area of text messaging or vice versa. If your primary concern is text messaging, this page will help you find some of the best texting cell phone models out there.

Choosing the Best Cell Phone for Text Messaging

Pretty much all cell phones today are capable of text messaging. However, if texting is what you will use most on the phone, it makes sense to choose the best texting cell phone to make it easier and faster.

Unfortunately some cell phones are known for their tiny keypads and close set buttons while others offer only virtual keypads that offer less tactile feedback.. Many of these keypads aren't set up for fast and easy text messaging. Not only does it slow you down, but it can be tough on your hands.

Here are a few tips of things to look for when you are trying to find the best text messaging cell phones:

A full QWERTY keypad. A QWERTY keypad is set up like the keyboard of your computer or a typewriter versus like the typical phone keypad. This makes for much faster texting; especially if you are accustomed to typing. Menus are also important to consider when searching for the best texting cell phone. You want one that provides easy scrolling through messages. The best texting cell phone should have a spacious keypad. Not only is a QWERTY keypad important but one that is large enough, with keys that aren't too small or slippery. The best way to determine if the keyboard is sufficient is to try it out in the store. Then go back on line to buy for the best deal. Clearly touch screen cell phones are great, but some people prefer a physical keyboard, with raised keys for good tactile feedback. However, some touch screens provide feedback which makes using their virtual keyboard easier than others. Try both out and determine what works for you. A screen you can read is also critical. Again, this is personal preference as to how large and how bright you need the screen but check it in a variety of lighting conditions; indoors/outdoors if possible to see if you will be satisfied. Some screens tilt and some allow you to adjust the brightness and font. The best text messaging phone may also have predictive text. This can be important for many people who use SMS a great deal. Predictive text can help cut down the number of keystrokes to compose your message.Threaded messages allows you to keep track of conversations and easy group messaging can save time too.

Choosing the Right Plan for Text Messaging

While you're getting the best text messaging phone, it's also critical to match it up with the right plan. If you only use text messaging occasionally then paying the standard 15-20 cents per message won't be a problem and you probably won't be purchasing a cell phone that is a designed especially well for text messaging.

However, for those who text more routinely the right plan is critical to assure that you stay within your budget and the plan allowance. Plans can start as low as $4.99 for 400 messages. Unlimited plans can be good for those who send/receive several hundred (or more) messages each month.

Several of the major cellular providers in the US even offer data only plans minus any voice calling for those who would use a cell phone only for it's text messaging capabilities. Many of these plans are targeted toward the deaf and severely hard of hearing.

The most important factor when choosing a data plan is to assure that you know your usage. If you only use 300 messages per month, then you shouldn't go the route of an unlimited plan as it won't be the most economical option. However, you want to purchase a plan with a high enough limit, because exceeding the limit is expensive. Any data usage over the limit is charged at a higher rate.

Some cellular providers provide data only plans for those who don't have the desire to make or receive calls (or at least not in any volume) but merely want to be able to text. This type of plan might be the most economical in those situations.

Pantech Link - A Very Affordable Option

Pantech Link P7040 Unlocked GSM 3G Cell Phone w/ 1.3MP Camera + Video
Pantech Link P7040 Unlocked GSM 3G Cell Phone w/ 1.3MP Camera + Video

The Pantech Link with AT&T service is a great text messaging cell phone. It offers a full QWERTY keyboard and provides access to both voice and e-mail messages. It even provides a social networking app where you can manage your Twitter, Facebook, and other social updates. This texting cell also provides group messaging and "reply all" functionality for up to 10 contacts, threaded conversation format, and the ability to sync contacts with an online address book.

Other features include GPS functions, a 1.3 megapixel camera/camcorder, a built-in digital audio player, organizer tools, web browser, an airplane mode, and Bluetooth, handsfree stereo music streaming.


LG Enact

LG Enact, Black 8GB (Verizon Wireless)
LG Enact, Black 8GB (Verizon Wireless)

From Sprint, the Samsung Epic operates off of the 4G network (or 3G if needed). It offers a 4" AMOLED touchscreen with virtual QWERTY keyboard with SWYPE technology for faster input as well as a spacious, side sliding physical QWERTY keyboard.

It is not just one of the best text messaging phones though, it also has the Android 2.1 operating system a full HTML web browswer, access to Google Mobile services, and a forward facing VGA camera for video calling. It also includes a built-in 5 megapixel camera with autofocus that can record HD video as well.


Photo Credits

Introduction: hyku.

Choosing the Best Cell Phone for Text Messaging: James Cridland.

Choosing the Right Plan for Text Messaging: renaissancechambara.

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      6 years ago

      great job on the texting...I will be checking out the cosmo 2...cheers

    • ApoloBalboa LM profile image

      ApoloBalboa LM 

      6 years ago

      Great approach about specifc task for smartphones. This is useful information. Thanks! You can also read my lenses on Motorola Droid

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      spencerharry80 lm 

      6 years ago

      Lovely range of smartphones.... beautiful lens and informative too.

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      6 years ago

      @anonymous: 3310 is still the best!

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      6 years ago

      No no you cannot beat the nokia 3710, or Nokia 3110 classic both great keypads , 3710 hard to find now, but 3110 is out there out. Try to see :). Forget all these touch phones useless.

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      sunny saib 

      7 years ago


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      7 years ago


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      Fred Alb 

      7 years ago from Uruguay

      I like your lens!

      forward to success!

    • profile image


      7 years ago

      I actually prefer texting using the regular pad with letters on them like a standard phone. I feel like there's less of a margin for error than with a full keyboard and accidentally hitting a wrong key and having to erase mistaken letters.

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      7 years ago

      Nice lense. I used to think that I could never text on all touch screen phone but after a year of only touch screen anytime I try to text on a physical keyboard it makes me mental. I can't use the physical keyboards anymore.... only touch screen. Anyway, glad i stumbled upon your article. Thanks!

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      7 years ago

      I think a lot of makers are missing a trick with my age group ( 62 ) our eyes are not as good as they use to be ,but we don`t need glasses, the text size is important on phones for me, my Nokia 2630 is great, but it is getting on a bit now, but I can`t find a reasonably -priced one to replace it...any ideas ??

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      Mary Crowther 

      7 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Nice selection of phones!

    • stylingparts profile image


      7 years ago

      good lens well put together

    • jacinto888 profile image


      7 years ago

      Nice lens, very good info

    • Pam Irie profile image

      Pam Irie 

      7 years ago from Land of Aloha

      I'll never be as fast as my kids at texting, but it's a convenient way to communicate on the cell phone.

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      7 years ago

      Nice lens! May I add that the new Windows Phones running version 7.5 are great for texting. You don't even have to touch the phone, it's all voice prompted. I love mine, great for those times when you get a text while driving!

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      E L Seaton 

      7 years ago from Virginia

      Nice job!

    • RichardMillner profile image


      7 years ago

      Good site and great information

    • Blackspaniel1 profile image


      7 years ago

      Have never sent one yet.

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      7 years ago

      in some instances, text messaging makes sense. in most cases though, it is simply a step backwards in technology (i suppose we could think of something less efficient if we tried) and also in human interrelations (why talk to someone if i can semi-ignore them?). interesting changes in society...

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      7 years ago

      Nice info. Thanks for sharing.

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      7 years ago

      What! Where's my beloved iphone?


    • iQwestArticles profile image


      7 years ago

      Given the list, I would lean towards the BlackBerry Torch or the Samsung Epic 4G!

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      7 years ago

      Now this is a great idea to meet the needs of all the texters out there.

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      jenstanton lm 

      7 years ago

      I think there are much newer phones now that are great for texting. Motorola Photon just came out for Sprint.

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      phoenix arizona f 

      8 years ago

      I like phones that can send emails, too.

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      8 years ago

      trying to find mob with larger font for texts both incoming and outgoing.

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      8 years ago

      I'm using HTC Desire Z. Great phone with physical qwerty keyboard and really useful when inserting a lot of text.

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      8 years ago

      interesting lens - well done!

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      8 years ago

      for me the fastest and easiest phone for txting is the basic mobile phones

      Custom Silicone Keypads

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      8 years ago

      I am not using text messaging too often, but when seeing some people texting with their phones I am sure I am in need of a new, faster thumb. Well, it is still good enough to give you a thumbs up.

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      9 years ago

      You know, I have the Blackberry Curve -- not sure if it is an 8320, might be. However, our company just changed cellphone carriers and wanted me to stop using this relatively NEW phone for me. I protested and then had it unlocked for $30 so that I could continue using it. Not done a lot of text messaging, but I like it probably the best of all cellphones I've owned.

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      Kate Loving Shenk 

      10 years ago from Lancaster PA

      My favorite phone in all the world is my iPhone!!

      The best thing I ever bought, totally!!

    • religions7 profile image


      10 years ago

      Great lens - you've been blessed by a squidoo angel :)

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      10 years ago

      Great Lens - I don't mean to spam your site here, but I have a great article how to save money on Cellular Family Plans .

      I think it is a good companion to the ideas you have put forth here.

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      10 years ago

      What's also important - especially on phones without a full keyboard - is the suggested words (aka the dictionary) and how easily alternative options can be browsed. I was shocked to find out that my current phone is awful in this respect.

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      10 years ago

      Hi mulberry,

      You have great collection about mobiles with best text messaging. I hope that you can find more mobiles at Best Buy to include in this lens.

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      Achim Thiemermann 

      10 years ago from Austin, Texas

      You're the ultimate telecom expert. If I ever get a cell phone, I'll consult your lenses for all the info I'll need.

    • rebeccahiatt profile image


      10 years ago

      Great lens and information. I don't like to text, I would rather talk.


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