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Cheaper, easier ways to text
If your mobile doesn't come with free unlimited texts, that SMS habit can rack up quite a bill. With text messages typically costing around 10p a time, more and more people are using text chat apps instead. In fact, research released today by discount website www.MyVoucherCodes.co.uk shows that 41% of UK mobile users have ditched texts in favour of free messaging services. Here's our pick of the best.
Built into BlackBerry phones' operating system as a free element, BBM is hugely popular with teens who love to text. Indeed, such is the popularity of the BlackBerry-only chat client among cash-strapped kids that it was even blamed for being one of the primary networks for organising the London riots. Compared to other instant messaging (IM) and chat clients, BBM remains both basic, and annoyingly walled off. But it's the place to go to be down with the kids.
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Greedy companies want your custom then want to charge you a second time for being the customer.
You buy a phone at rip off prices and then have to pay to use it. High time these free apps were unnecessary and mobile companies gave you the airspace for your calls and texts. Either that or give away these phones at peppercorn prices to everyone and then charge for service. One way or the other, not both.
It has annoyed me all my life that I have had to pay a line rental on my home phone, and now on my cable connection. If a company wants your custom they should not charge you for a connection to the service. What next, a Sewer Pipe Rental? A licence fee for using the vacuum cleaner. Disconnect my water if i dont pay a Pipe Rental? British Corpaerate Greed will know no bounds
I MADE THE MISTAKE OF GETTING A SMART PHONE ON CONTRACT FOR MY DAUGHTER, NIGHTMARE,SHE HAS GONE OVER HER TXT USAGE A FEW TIMES BY MISTAKE AND VIRGIN SAY THEY ARE UNABLE TO SEND HER MESSAGE WHEN SHE IS NEAR HER LIMIT ALSO HAVE TROUBLE AS PHONE WILL NOT DOWNLOAD APPS, IVE TRIED TO SORT THIS OUT WITH VIRGIN BUT WITH NO JOY.
IM ON PAY AS YOU GO VIRGIN IF I TOP UP £10 A MONTH I GET UNLIMITED TXTS AND WEB USE. AND THEY ALWAYS SEND A MESSAGE WHEN COMING TO END OF CREDIT.
PAY AS YOU GO ALL THE WAY, SOME GREAT DEALS OUT THERE.
I'm with voda and they charge 12p per text, i tend to get a £20 freedom pack that gives me unlimited texts to all networks and free calls to all networks and landlines 01 and 02 at start of code.
What these companies neglect to say is the hidden charges included with line rental so you end up with a massive bill every month. What they should do is charge for line rental at say £10 per month and the rest is free.
Contract mobile phones aren't really free, you have to pay for it on a monthy basis for either 12 or 18 month contracts so i say pay & go phones are better then you can keep an eye on what your spending with no hidden costs.
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