As SMS growth is slowing down, is a new era of free messaging coming up?
1. longhairbilly posted on 10 Jun 2011, 05:55 1 0
As more of my friends got smart phones I used less text and more instant messaging with google talk. So much so that I found it stupid to pay Verizon $10 a month for the three people I was texting. I started using google voice for free texts to non-smartphone friends. It worked so well that 6 months ago I canceled my text plan altogether.
I can't recommend google voice enough.
2. taco50 (banned) posted on 10 Jun 2011, 09:01 0 0
I think paid SMS will disappear. There's so many free ways to send messages with a data plan. Social networks, google voice, text apps, email, instant message services.
5. AppleFanboy posted on 10 Jun 2011, 11:14 1 1
true, buuuut, it is included on iPhone data plans, so we'll have to keep paying em if we wanna keep our grandfathered unlimited data plans lol
12. iHateCrapple posted on 12 Jun 2011, 17:42 0 0
Included in iPhone data plans? Not with VZW?
3. PhoneLuver posted on 10 Jun 2011, 10:52 0 0
SMS will always be around for quite some time... It's a fall back, like e-mail.
people have so many IM accounts that they don't check consistently.
The only way it could be phased out is if it is replaced by an official GSM/CDMA IM standard. Even if that were to happen, there are millions of people who are using legacy handsets who need to be considered.
4. remixfa posted on 10 Jun 2011, 10:54 0 0
a percentage of people will take advantage of things like google voice.. and i use it for my tablet.. its great. but if that ever becomes mainstream just expect carriers to raise the price of data to make up for it. They arent just going to start losing money.. lol
6. Johnson Biggs (unregistered) posted on 10 Jun 2011, 15:42 1 0
SMS will never go away... Think about all the 14 year old teeny boppers that send 20,000 texts a month who do not have a smartphone. I could see texting becoming less prevalent as more and more people get smartphones, but I doubt it'll disappear all together.
10. aztaxia12295 posted on 11 Jun 2011, 11:04 0 0
most people in middle school and high school in my area use a blackberry
7. Master Blaster (unregistered) posted on 10 Jun 2011, 16:04 1 0
SMS isn't going away anytime soon.
9. donpeppino9 posted on 11 Jun 2011, 09:59 1 0
theres a gazillion ways to send electronic messages to people today. but none other than SMS/MMS has there been a worldwide standard for messaging with a mobile phone. unless an IM serice, whether its bbm, gchat, or imessage, takes off to become a global standard, SMS will never be replaced.
11. V (unregistered) posted on 11 Jun 2011, 13:07 0 0
How is it possible to pay 20$ for unlimited texting?! If people did this, that means they are complete morons. And of course the providers will not drop the price if morons exist.