Cancel texting package?


macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jan 7, 2014
I am thinking of cancelling my texting package $20/month and using only imessage. If i do how many texts will it take to eat through my 200mb data plan? I know that under wifi my data will not be affected.


macrumors 6502a
Jul 20, 2011
iMessage uses a relatively small amount of data, and it is unsure exactly how much it uses, as it depends on how much you text. With the 200mb plan, without sending pictures or video, should be fine within reason. Try to connect to Wi-Fi whenever you can.

Keep in mind that iMessage is limited to Apple devices and without a carrier text messaging plan you will be charged for text messages that you receive from non Apple mobile devices.


macrumors 65816
Jun 15, 2010
Straight texting with iMessage shouldn't use much data at all. If you are using iMessage to send pictures and videos then you will run out of 200 MB quickly.
Google voice is also a good option for sending text messages to people that do not have iPhones.


macrumors 604
Jul 6, 2009
To put this into perspective, a typical single iMessage will usually use about 1-2 kilobytes, or about 1000-2000 bytes of data, depending on how much text you’re sending. By comparison, the smallest shared data plan available on Verizon right now is 1 GB per month, which translates to roughly one billion bytes of information. This would allow you to send an impossible number of iMessages per month—between 500,000 and 1,000,000—before you would even get close to your data plan. Even if you’re still on one of the older 150MB or 200MB data plans, this still equates to well over 100,000 iMessages—that’s over two iMessages per minute, every minute of every day for an entire month. A more typical text messaging user may send about 1,000 texts per month, which would only eat up about 1-2MB of your data plan.
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