Considering that a text message costs a fraction of a penny to transmit, it’s absurd that some consumers still pay 10¢ or 20¢ a pop for sending and receiving texts. Even 5¢ per text is arguably a huge rip-off: Even though we’re only talking about a measly nickel, the charge represents a mark-up of something like 2000%. What can you do? With minimal effort, there are ways many cell users can text totally for free.
The NY Times’ tech guru David Pogue suggests—via help from his 11-year-old daughter (kids know all the tricks)—the use of an iPhone app such as Text Free (check out a how-to YouTube video for it here) or Google Voice. Depending on the kind of cell phone you have, one or another of these services should be able to hook you up with free text messaging.