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As SMS growth is slowing down, is a new era of free messaging coming up?

0. phoneArena posted on 10 Jun 2011, 04:35

Text messaging has been one of the most profitable services for carriers for years with profit margins reaching 80%, but it seems that while texting is still growing in the U.S., the last six months have marked the slowest growth…

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posted on 10 Jun 2011, 05:55 1

1. longhairbilly (Posts: 66; Member since: 23 Aug 2010)

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.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 09:01

2. taco50 (banned) (Posts: 5506; Member since: 08 Oct 2009)

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.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 11:14 1

5. AppleFanboy (Posts: 142; Member since: 07 Jun 2011)

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

posted on 12 Jun 2011, 17:42

12. iHateCrapple (Posts: 734; Member since: 12 Feb 2010)

Included in iPhone data plans? Not with VZW?

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 10:52

3. PhoneLuver (Posts: 481; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)

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.

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 10:54

4. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

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

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 15:42 1

6. Johnson Biggs (unregistered)

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.

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 11:04

10. aztaxia12295 (Posts: 272; Member since: 22 Nov 2009)

most people in middle school and high school in my area use a blackberry

posted on 10 Jun 2011, 16:04 1

7. Master Blaster (unregistered)

SMS isn't going away anytime soon.

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 09:59 1

9. donpeppino9 (Posts: 67; Member since: 24 Jan 2010)

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.

posted on 11 Jun 2011, 13:07

11. V (unregistered)

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.

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