Very good article. All telcos charge you up the ass for texts. Like the article says the data rides along on the ping to the tower which happens no matter what. After it gets to the tower it then jumps onto the backbone and becomes regular ground line traffic. It shows how much it would cost if it rode along on the data signal instead. Amazing. They could send the text on the data signal instead but don't want to do that because then all you would need is a data plan. Also lets not forget Google voice over the data stream. Caps help kill that idea. Logically you could just pay for an unlimited data plan and use Google voice and a text messaging app off the market.
Originally Posted by Hiep
So then I can download an app to send text messages, cancel my service, and use that third party app to send text messages (with WiFi off) ?
This is what I was thinking about doing but the problem is(I think) anybody you want to text has to have the app installed and have a data plan since it's going over the data stream. Imagine if everybody got in on this and just used the text apps for texting and Google voice for calls? The telcos would **** themselves.