AT&T has limited their texting plans to only two options: paying $20 a month for unlimited texting, or paying per text. Hmm, doesn't seem like there's much choice there, especially if all you need text message for is a few quick notes a month. It's not like texting really costs the carriers gobs of money, and shouldn't we get a break after all we pay for data and voice?
Fortunately, with the advent of smartphones, there are other alternatives. The iTunes App Store is chock full of texting apps, and we've rounded up a few of them for you. Of course, all of this may become less important when iMessage comes out with iOS 5, but until then, click through the gallery below for some free texting options you can use right now.
If you’re an infrequent texter with a commitment to AT&T, you may want to reevaluate your usage starting this weekend -- that’s when Ma Bell kills off everything except unlimited and per-use text messaging fees in an effort to “streamline” their offerings. Is that marketing speak for “soak our customer”?
Once the next version of Apple’s mobile operating system becomes available for download, iOS users will have the ability to seamlessly communicate, share files, and wirelessly update their devices. With perks like this, it’s difficult to see how anyone could find anything too hateful in Cupertino’s latest cloud-based creation -- except for cellular carriers. Word around the campfire is that Apple knew word of the their new cloud-based offerings wouldn’t go over well with with telecoms. They were so certain of this that they even elected to keep their two closest North American wireless partners -- Verizon and AT&T -- out of the loop, with the cellular providers learning about the company’s cloud-based offerings at the same time as the rest of the world. Could Cupertino’s snub drive a wedge between Apple and the carriers?