Why pay 10 cents per text?

5 Ways to Get Rid of Your Texting Plan

by Kenrod White

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It's reported that Americans send more than 150 billion text messages per month with an average of 534 messages per user per month. Due to the tough competition and free texting apps, price for a text message has gone down to an average of $0.10 per text sent. But that still means that on average a user spends $53 a month on texts. And collectively Americans spend $180 billion dollars annually.

Let's have a look at texting plans being offered by a few of the top cellular companies. AT&T is offering unlimited texting at an additional $20 a month, Verizon Wireless offers unlimited texting with other facilities on a basic plan for $34.99, and US Cellular offers a plan including unlimited texting at $50 a month. Well, with the advent of the latest internet and information technology, there is no reason why an expensive texting plan should bother you. There are some app designers who seem to be committed to making lives easier for people from all around the world. We are going to have a look at some smartphone apps here, which are the best and free alternatives to your expensive texting plan.

WhatsApp: WhatsApp is the best available option; you probably recently read the news how Facebook bought this app from the owner for 19 billion dollars. You can download it and use it for free. The best thing about WhatsApp is that it is ad free and it allows users to send text messages, photos, and videos to others on WhatsApp. It is one of the best ways to get rid of your texting plan. WhatsApp is available for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Nokia Symbian users.

Viber: Viber is another good alternative to a texting plan; you can download and use it totally free of cost. Viber is also ad free, and as an added bonus, you can call another person on Viber and talk absolutely free. Viber is also available for iPhone, Windows, Android, Nokia Symbian, and BlackBerry users.

Kik: Kik is basically a BBM's alternative and it can be downloaded from iPhone and Android market. The best thing about Kik is that the message is sent and received instantly with a notification when it is delivered and when it is received. Kik is totally free of cost and provides you a facility to send unlimited text messages, something which your lavish texting plan certainly does not have. Kik is available for iPhone and Android users.

textPlus: If you are an Apple iPhone fanatic and you cannot just transfer to another phone, you would love this app available on Apple store because it gives you a real phone number for sending and receiving unlimited and free text messages. The best thing is that even if the recipient does not have textPlus, he would receive the message sent by this app. However, for a photo, the recipient has to have this app downloaded on their mobile phone.

Google Voice: Another app like textPlus is Google Voice. It also assigns you your own phone number, and you can send unlimited text messages to friends and family for free. Also, it sends you immediate alerts whenever you receive text messages. The best part is that your conversations are stored online and you can access and read them anytime. This app is available for Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry users, and it is a very good alternative to your texting plan.

Choose from any of the above ways to get rid of your expensive texting plan and you can have your say and pay nothing. Your mobile carrier might not like that, but that's their problem!

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