Texting Questions - Apps

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by KonaBlue, Dec 10, 2015.

  1. KonaBlue macrumors newbie

    Dec 10, 2015
    Okay, here's the situation. I've got two phones with AT&T on the unlimited data plan, and we each have the $5 text message plan with 200 messages. Simple enough, and it works for us.

    Getting my son an iPhone 6 for Christmas, however I cannot add him to my plan unless I give up unlimited data. Not going to happen. So, he's getting his own plan with 3GB of data, and his own number. Now I need to figure out texting options. AT&T doesn't offer the $5 texting option anymore…and $20 is insane, especially for a kid. He will want to text with his school friends, but not everyone has an iPhone. And not everyone has AT&T.

    I've done some searches, but my results are vague at best. So I turn to the collective….are there any apps that seamlessly allow him to text to friends with different carriers, and receive texts on his phone? With his 3 gigs of data, will this be a limiting factor?
  2. Black Magic macrumors 68020

    Black Magic

    Sep 30, 2012
    If his friends have iPhones, iMessage will not count against the texting plan and will be considered data. He will ultimately end up downloading SnapChat and probably Kik to communicate with most of his friends which again will not count as text messages.

    Unless you need unlimited data and have very high usage, I would give that plan up to get the unlimited texting plans on the family share. Of the two, communication is very important and you guys sharing a 10/15GB plan with rollover is more than plenty.
  3. C DM macrumors Sandy Bridge

    Oct 17, 2011
    It will mostly depend on what the friends are using. If most of them have some app like WhatsApp or Facebook Messenger or some other similar app then that could be used. If they all truly just do regular texting, then perhaps some combination of iMessage and Hangouts (for those with Android) could be used, or Google Voice could be used for texting as well, or perhaps AT&T has some app for texting (like Verizon does).
  4. cnotes2019 Suspended

    Aug 17, 2013
  5. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
  6. rambo47 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 3, 2010
    Denville, NJ
    To preserve his 3GB of monthly data, give him a stern talking to about only using Facebook while on WiFi. My daughter, a junior in college, racked up 12GB of data usage mostly on Facebook in one month. Considering we were sharing 10GB per month between four of us, that really sucked!
  7. cnotes2019 Suspended

    Aug 17, 2013
    Can't live without UNLIMITED DATA
  8. CNeufeld macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2009
    Edmonton, AB
    Might be a good idea to set some apps to not allow cell use at all. FB seems to not respect boundaries like no background updates.

  9. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State
    WhatsApp, KiK, SnapChat, Messenger, Viber, etc. will get him by. Regular messages won't use much, but multimedia messages will.
  10. jca24, Dec 11, 2015
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2015

    jca24 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 28, 2010
    you might as well just get changer to a newer plan with 3 lines because the older unlimited plans will be going away soon.
  11. SisterBlue22 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 29, 2015
    I don't know how old your son is, but I think it's unrealistic to expect his friends to remember that he can only be texted using a certain app. Kids text....actually, so do adults. My son and I average about 6000 texts each per month. I think that unless you go with an unlimited texting plan, you're setting yourself up for some painful overages.

    I had the grandfathered unlimited data plan for years and was so reluctant to give it up. I finally did, and went with the 10GB family share plan (that they recently bumped up to 15GB for the same price) with unlimited texting, and I have three lines - me, my 18 year old son who is a freshman in college, and my dad. I haven't regretted giving up the unlimited plan for a second. How much data do you and your partner average per month? Is the unlimited plan really necessary?
  12. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    Please don't tell me!! I need to keep this for the rest of my life!
  13. schplurg macrumors newbie


    Dec 11, 2015
    I don't know if this is an option, but perhaps Verizon has a plan that will suit your needs better. I have their lowest tier plan and it has unlimited texting but not unlimited data. Works for me, not to mention superior coverage in my area (San Jose, CA).
  14. Black Magic macrumors 68020

    Black Magic

    Sep 30, 2012

    Agreed. When you factor in rollover as well it feels like unlimited anyway.

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