Best way to "text" while avoiding text messaging charges?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Reir View Post
    Google Voice doesn't have any phone numbers available in my area . I'm not sure I'm willing to put a neighboring city in or not...that might be what I have to do though.

    I have three people on my family plan currently, one of which doesn't text message. Unfortunately the unlimited talk and text plan would be about a $6 increase.

    Are there any instant messaging systems that can receive texts?
    In addition to my statement regards to your second post. You don't have to get a google voice number accords to where you live, you could just enter any city and it will provide you plenty, I live in the northeast but I chose the number all the way in California, it's just a number. Plus notice Debian Dog picture he posted above, if you have a text plan, you will not be charged for texting people who have verizon, that including your family members.

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    My understanding is that with the $10 plan you get unlimited texting to other VZ customers. The 500 message limit is only for carriers other than VZ. In my family's case that works almost as well as unlimited texting since VZ seems to be the predominant carrier in this area.

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    Is there anyway to texting apps like Handcent to work with google voice?

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    If I move my texting to Google Voice, that means I'm not longer counted as a Mobile to Mobile text correct (for other people texting me)?

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    That would be correct but they would have to text you at your Google Voice number, not your phone number.

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    You could try KIK, which is in BETA currently, but allows for free texting from smartphone to smartphone, and I believe also has a limited number of free text messages to non-smartphones, and then a reduced cost per text after the free limit is reached. They are trying to market it as a crossplatform version of BBM. I have downloaded it, but have not used it much so I can only say that the limited use has been successful.

    Currently I prefer Google Talk for my instant messenger, as long as the other phone has G-Talk installed.

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    I use Google Talk and love it. Better than BBM was because I can access from either my phone or my Google Chrome browser (although I bet it would work in any browser as long as you're logged into Google). My wife put it on her BB Curve until she switched to an LG Ally and I've found that there are more people than I guessed using it already.

    It works through your data plan and not text messaging so it's essential free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DebianDog View Post

    Texting is a total scam by all carriers
    . It uses less data than any other form of communication. It is ridiculous.
    Yes it is.
    It uses a sideband channel that must run to locate the phone on the network
    They stuff 160 characters in the empty portion of the channel.
    It's not data *OR* voice which is why you can text *AND* talk on any network, including Verizon.
    I remember when text was free, if you believe that.

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    I use Google Voice for texting. I don't get texts from a lot of people, but I did give those people my GV number for texting. It's not a perfect solution, but like you, we didn't want to add two data plans without cutting expenses on something else. We dropped our texting plans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tech_head View Post
    Yes it is.
    It uses a sideband channel that must run to locate the phone on the network
    They stuff 160 characters in the empty portion of the channel.
    It's not data *OR* voice which is why you can text *AND* talk on any network, including Verizon.
    I remember when text was free, if you believe that.
    Even if it didn't use the side band, each txt message only uses a quarter second of airtime. So if the cell companies can convince the teenage type people to carry on thier conversations via txt, they save all kinds of air time. My daughter is over 6500 total in and out so far this month, with two days to go till the cycle breaks. She hardly ever calls her friends, just thumbs it out. (she has a D1)

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