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Cheap Text Messaging: Which Carrier is Cheapest?

This list compares texting plans across the major and prepaid cell phone carrier

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Updated June 04, 2009
More and more cell phone users are converting over to the camp of consumers who text more than they talk. For those of us who use text messaging religiously, this question must now be begged:
Which cell phone carrier offers the cheapest text messaging plan?
We answer that very question with a straightforward comparison across the major four cell phone carriers as well as the major prepaid cell phone carriers. The text messaging service information below is current as of June 4, 2009.

AT&T
  • 200 text messages for $5 a month
  • 1,500 text messages for $15 a month
  • Unlimited text messages for $20 a month
Boost Mobile
Cricket Wireless
  • Unlimited text messages with plans exceeding $40 per month
Page Plus
  • 2,000 text messages for $10.95 a month
  • 5,000 text messages for $19.95 a month
Sprint
  • 300 text messages for $5 a month
  • 1,000 text messages for $10 a month
  • Unlimited text messages for $20 a month
T-Mobile
  • 300 text messages for $5 a month
  • 1,000 text messages for $10 a month
  • Best deal: Unlimited text messages for $15 a month
Verizon Wireless
  • Unlimited text messages with plans exceeding $59.99 per month
Virgin Mobile
  • 1,000 text messages for $15 a month
  • Unlimited text messages for $20 a month
Lesser-known prepaid cell phone carrier Page Plus on June 1, 2009 unveiled its new “Power Text” plan with the two options listed above. The premium option, though, fails to impress when compared against industry competition.

From this comparison across the industry, we see a clear pattern: $20 typically gets you unlimited text messaging at most of the cell phone carriers. T-Mobile stands out as the best add-on deal by offering unlimited texting for only $15 per month.
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