Avoid the $20 AT&T texting costs?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by esploded, Oct 15, 2011.

  1. esploded macrumors regular

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    Texting is so overpriced and ridiculous. I'm thinking about going iphone from an unlimited android plan (no throttling, woo!) but the sheer cost of texting is really annoying me. I heard companies overprice texts around 3000%+. I send/receive around 750 texts a month. I don't need unlimited.

    Is there a work around to this?
    I know apps like TextNow provide free texting, but having two numbers is inconvenient for my friends.
     
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Nope. You want to text you need to pay unless you use something like Textie.
     
  3. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Google Voice. Use the GV number as your actual number.
     
  4. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    The reason you can't get cheaper plans with less texts is because the companies want you to pay $20 for unlimited wether you need it or not. :(

    Actually its more like 4000%.
     
  5. esploded thread starter macrumors regular

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    I've wondered about that-
    is there any delay for using GV?

    And does it feel clunky at all not using the normal messaging app?
     
  6. blevins321 macrumors 68030

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    Just a thought. Are most of your text pals iPhone users? You might be able to get by with just iMessage if so :)
     
  7. takeshi74 macrumors 601

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    In my experience, generally no. Sometimes I have to use refresh while having a conversation via SMS. YMMV.
     
  8. esploded thread starter macrumors regular

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    Unfortunately, not all of them have iPhones.
    Some even have dumb-phones :eek:
     
  9. Nermal Moderator

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    I use HeyWire to text my friends in the US for free. It sends normal text messages so they work on all phones.
     
  10. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    No more or less delay than when sending a standard SMS.

    Subjective. I don't know how clunky or unclunky you will find it.
     
  11. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    The app does hang every now and then and takes a while for me to be able to text again
     

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