Cellphone owners commonly use the text message feature to send texts to acquaintances, friends and family. Verizon Wireless offers you a choice between several text messaging packages. By carefully evaluating the available options and assessing your text messaging requirements, you’ll have the ability to select the plan that’s the best fit for you.
Verizon Wireless texting plans allow you to send and receive text messages from other cellphone users who have subscribed to a text messaging service, regardless of their network providers. Text messaging packages provide the ability to send text-only messages, picture messages, video messages and animations, although surcharges are tiered based on message type. There's also a fee assessed when sending text messages to international recipients outside the boarders of the United States, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico.
To purchase SMS or text messaging packages, you'll need to establish cellphone service through Verizon Wireless. You can activate voice and text messaging at the same time, but you can't purchase text messaging without a voice plan. Verizon offers talk plans with an additional fee for text messaging or talk and text plans that include unlimited text messaging services. As an add-on, text messages are available in allotments of 250, 500 and 5,000 text messages per month. You can sign up for service or change your plan in-store or online by logging on to Verizon’s (verizonwireless.com) website.
To find best package, assess your requirements and budget. Unlimited text messaging packages save money for people who frequently send texts. If you only send a few messages per month though, you’re essentially paying for a service that you don’t use. For example, compare spending $20 per month for unlimited service with spending $5 a month to send 250 messages. At first, $5 seems like a better deal. But if you send an average of 500 text messages per month on the $5 plan, you’ll be spending $50 on overage fees at a 20-cent per text rate. Thus, the most economical plan is one that provides an allotment of messages closest to your usage.
Keep track of the number of text messages that you send and receive over two to three months, and then change your text-messaging plan based on your usage. Verizon gives you the option to change your cellphone plan at any time without extending your contract or paying service fees. Although it seems more economical to purchase a lower cost plan with fewer allotted texts, you won’t save money if you routinely exceed your message allotment.
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