Why Are We Still Texting

“I just text me …”

How often do you have someone who has said? Say you’re with a friend somewhere: What is the first thing you do when you get there? Text to him or her to announce her arrival. Why? Because that is how you are trained. No e-mail, phone, or to another protocol.
And you know what? You pay for this text, but already have a data plan if you is the truth in one of the best unlimited plans of the 20th century that SMS texts are perhaps more lucrative service are grandfathered, that service providers – rather than voice or data plans, and they want to continue using outdated technology, whether we need.

Texting was excusable 10 years ago, when the phones not very good Email or applications. SMS was, after all, the best messaging protocol that we had back then. Based as a way to work with GSM at the lowest possible bandwidth footprint, it was quick and to the point in 160 characters and 128 bytes.

Texting was somewhat excusable five years ago, when we finally applications and mobile email. At this time, push mail was rare – but often on BlackBerry phones – and text messages still a good way to send an important cluttered on the screen above someone message.

But today? I’m not sure that’s an excuse. We go around with tablet computers multi-task quick call phones, more push messages are capable of. We are connected to dozens of social networks at any time with our phones ranking priority for us and assures us that we are at the beginning of the incoming information.

But still text as well-trained dogs.

Texting is convenient and Рin many ways Рfun. But is not it time to leave behind? How much of this data we really? In our networks in the United States, we pay about $ 20 a month for unlimited text or $ 0.20 per text. Assuming that each SMS message is 128 bytes, can send texts 8388608 1 gigabyte of data. With the $ 0.20 per text currently loaded, which is $ 1,677,721.60 per gigabyte. Of course you can not pay, but at $ 20 per month, assuming you send 500 texts a month, which is $ 0.04 per text. Even at that rate you pay $ 335,544.32 per gigabyte. Crazy numbers for sure, but you can see that mathematics is widely applicable for the consumer and the provider is pleased to offer a quick fix.

Texting is convenient and – in many ways – fun. But is not it time to leave behind? What we received text messages in addition to its immediacy, we can not get or even applications push mail?

There are many options that use your data plan and still push messages to friends and family as text. BlackBerry Messenger, iMessenger and Gchat are slow in lieu of any SMS messages, but still any other text. It is time that we, at this train-crazy to lose a conscious effort.

If you are still not convinced, enter one of the applications below a try and see if you even wean the SMS. Of course, it is necessary that the other party has the same application in their training, in many cases, but this is a simple jump when you see the prices they pay per gigabyte.


Kik for pc is a popular alternative that not only pushes the messages, but also includes a set of metadata to contextualize chat conversations like to know when a message has been delivered and read help. It runs on iOS, Android, Windows Phone, Nokia and BlackBerry.


Line is quickly becoming one of the most popular applications on the messaging world. In Asia, started catering to those who like their emoticons and stickers, but is a solid runner and is available on iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry. It even has desktop versions for when you are in the sit-down mode.

Google Voice

If you texts to send people with the help of SMS, but want to want to use the data connection, Google Voice is a good choice. Simply create a voice number and use it to send SMS messages. This is especially useful if you texts to people who do not want to send over the same applications as you. It is available for Android, BlackBerry, iOS, Palm webOS, Nokia S60 and Windows Phone available.

So you have three options, and certainly many of those who have been overlooked. What are you waiting for you – or pay – are you looking for?