(Article:) Texting/SMS alternatives extremely popular

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ThatsMeRight, Aug 16, 2012.

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Are you using texting/SMS alternatives?

  1. Yes, I use Whatsapp and rarely use the 'traditional SMS'

    6 vote(s)
    20.0%
  2. Yes, I use BlackBerry Messenger and rarely use the 'traditional SMS'

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  3. Yes, I use iMessage and rarely use the 'traditional SMS'

    13 vote(s)
    43.3%
  4. Yes, I use Kik messenger and rarely use the 'traditional SMS'

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  5. Yes, I use a combination of alternatives and rarely use the 'traditional SMS'

    2 vote(s)
    6.7%
  6. Yes, I use another alternative and rarely use the 'traditional SMS'

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  7. Yes, I use an alternative named above, but I still text (SMS) quite a lot

    4 vote(s)
    13.3%
  8. No, I am not using any alternatives

    5 vote(s)
    16.7%
  9. No, I don't text at all (or rarely)

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  1. ThatsMeRight, Aug 16, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2012

    ThatsMeRight macrumors 68020

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    I just read this on BGR: http://www.bgr.com/2012/08/16/sms-market-analysis-revenue-whatsapp/.

    It's an article about how carriers in the Netherlands used to overcharge text messages and maintained a minimum of 90% profit margins, and that nowadays Dutch carriers are having trouble to make profit on text messages. Why? Because everyone started to use an alternative: Whatsapp. You basically use your internet connection to text.

    What are your thoughts on this? And do you already use texting alternatives?
     
  2. profets macrumors 68040

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    90% profit margin on SMS? That seems low considering the cost for it is nearly $0.

    But can't be surprised, if the charge for it is more than people are willing to pay, and there's a sort of alternative that's free, then it's an easy guess what can happen.

    Also, I use iMessage and SMS. I really couldn't care for whatsapp or other services like that. I dislike having to rely on other people using the service as well. SMS/iMessage for messaging, and Email for anything else.
     
  3. 617aircav Suspended

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    Google voice covers all the bases. Text any cell phone, no matter the brand.
     
  4. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    I use unlimited text and if people have imessage it pulls from that. I guess I could change plans, but I get a 25% discount so I don't think it would make that big of a difference
     
  5. 617aircav Suspended

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    I save $240 a year by not having a plan.
     
  6. mattopotamus macrumors G4

    mattopotamus

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    How does google voice work? Is it free?
     
  7. profets macrumors 68040

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    $240/year for SMS? Geez. Is that the $20 AT&T option? No wonder people are trying to find alternatives.
     
  8. Want300 macrumors 65816

    Want300

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    What carrier do you use?

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    Yea, AT&T has either $20 unlimited or pay per text (incoming and outgoing)... They changed it when iMessage came out. If i had full understood iMessage at first, I would have lowered my plan before they caught on.
     
  9. mattopotamus macrumors G4

    mattopotamus

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    att
     
  10. Zaft macrumors 68030

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    Majority of people i text are on imessage. Not that it really matters to me seeing as i have unlimited text anyway. But imessage is faster and has some nice add ons.;)
     
  11. Want300 macrumors 65816

    Want300

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    For us now... its either $20 for unlimited, or pay as you go... at $0.20 per text (incoming and outgoing)... so u would have to use less than 100 regular SMS messages.

    ADDITIONAL: which is a bummer.
     
  12. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    #13
    Still have a family texting plan as we communicate a lot with others who don't have iOS devices.
     
  13. 617aircav Suspended

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    Yes it's free. Google voice SMS works over the data plan.
     
  14. sviato macrumors 68020

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    I iMessage the 5-6 people I regularly talk to who have iPhones and regularly text everyone else A LOT. Usually send 500-1500 texts a month so not ready to give up my texting plan yet
     

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