The death of the text message

The smartphone boom is a mixed blessing for wireless companies. While the devices have boosted data plan sales considerably, they are threatening to kill another revenue stream dead in its tracks: text messaging.

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gaffyh1889d ago

Wow, the US sucks for texting, in UK I get 300 texts for free when I top up my phone with £10 minimum, and they last a month... And I never use them all! Plus I still have the £10 credit to use on texts and phone calls

Nightcrawlerx1889d ago

Damn, I wish I had your plan. I pay an extra 10$ a month for unlimited texting.

gaffyh1889d ago

Thing is, it isn't even a contract, it's a pay as you go sim, which is why you keep the credit too. But the average price for a contract nowadays is £35 a month, and you'll get unlimited texts and around 1000 minutes. But that's overkill for me.

Nightcrawlerx1889d ago

ya that is true. I guess i should look into no contract phone plans.

LordMe1888d ago

I pay $50usd and get unlimited text, web and phone.

BubbleSniper1888d ago

Tmobile Lord? been thinking of doing that deal myself

LordMe1888d ago (Edited 1888d ago )

Boost actually. They work great, Never dropped a call, and the Galaxy Prevail is a good little Android Phone. Sure you have to outright buy the phones with no contract but the bill is easy to do. And the Prevail is only $180

BubbleSniper1888d ago (Edited 1888d ago )

cool man. im getting an HTC sensation @ 49.99 for talk, text and web. phone is gonna be around 199.99 with 2 year contract(tmobile). been on Tmobile for about 4 years now and while their coverage lacks a bit in covered areas i get clear calls and have been satisfied with their customer service. thanks for the reply buddy. have a bubble on me.

Spenok1888d ago (Edited 1888d ago )

This article is downright wrong... I work in a T-Mobile store, and the average customer text's more then they talk. I would even say most people text 2-3 times more then they talk. Hell i certainly do.

Sure there are ways to bypass the charge as they mention in the article, but only a minority of the population knows about them.

ALSO since i have been working there (December) i have never seen a single person w/o texting on their plan UNLESS they are either an elderly who only needs talk minutes (and usually very few for that matter) or a young child. And even still 99.99% of people have texting on their plans.

And as stated previously most people text more then they talk.

iNFAMOUZ11888d ago

i get free texting and calling, and internet :DDD, t mobile is awesome.