I have joined the text messaging craze, kicking and screaming

I detest sending/receiving text messages (well, at least on my current cell phone). They are a complete rip off, not to mention I cannot stand typing on normal cell phone keyboards. Watching my brother Dan send a text message reminds me of the reaction I got in middle school from my friends when typing on a computer: pure amazement. I don’t know how he does it. He could probably write a book that way if he really wanted to.

I was once told that the sound of me typing was like a machine gun going off. I have slowed down my typing on purpose these days, as I am trying to prevent carpel tunnel syndrome and other issues with my hands/wrists. Plus it helps with the accuracy. When computers are a person’s career, your hands and wrists are the most important assets you have.

Anyways, my wife likes text messaging and insists on sending them to me. I think she does it to tick me off, but I have no evidence of this. For awhile, I tried to fight off the urge to get a text messaging plan for both of our phones. After looking over our recent bills from Verizon, I decided to see if I could get more for our money.

I ended up buying the $5 text messaging plan from Verizon for each of our phones, as last month our text messaging charges equaled about $10 for only like 40 or so messages. So instantly, we are getting more text messaging (250 messages on each phone) for our money.

Also while checking over my bill, I noticed that I was being billed for Mobile Web when I had never used it or signed up for it. Called Verizon and was able to get a refund for the last 6 months of Mobile Web charges.

So after all of this, we will be getting more for our money plus our cell phone bill will actually drop about $5 a month. Not bad.

I still hate text messaging. At least until I can get my iPhone on December 28th, 2008.

2 thoughts on “I have joined the text messaging craze, kicking and screaming

  1. Dude, I joined the text messaging craze in 2001… But then there are 60 million phones in this country (one for every man, woman, child and baby), so it’s very pervasive; moreso than email.

  2. In the U.S. if you don’t have a text messaging plan, it costs at least $0.15 per text message (and something like $0.40 for a picture message). For that reason, most people haven’t started using it until recently. Plus the cell phone carriers started offering text messaging plans that lower the costs per text message. For example, instead of paying $0.15 I am basically paying $0.02 now ($5 for 250 messages). You can upgrade from there. I think $20 essentially buys you unlimited messages.

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