Don’t Waste Another Text Message On Me

I just setup a text message block on my phone. As a cell phone customer, I have two options:

  1. Buy an unlimited text plan, for which I’ll never use.
  2. Pay 20 cents to send and 20 cents to receive each text message.

The unlimited option is a total waste of money for me, which leaves option 2. I have no problem with paying 20 cents to send a text. My issue is that I have to pay to receive texts. For 20 cents, I can buy a banana. So every time I get an idiotic text, it is like someone reaching into my kitchen window and stealing a banana.

Yeah I know, I’m an old man. I don’t IM either. I am not a fan of short burst communication. It is almost all noise with very little signal. Feel free to call me, email me or even write me a letter. I pick and choose the technologies that benefit and enrich my life. Texting is not one of them.


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Critical MAS is the blog for Michael Allen Smith of Seattle, Washington. My interests include traditional food, fitness, economics, and web development.

4 thoughts on “Don’t Waste Another Text Message On Me”

  1. Most phone companies also offer in between options, where you pay like $5 for 500-1000 messages. So basically, you get cheaper text messages up to a certain limit. I think for you, the no text message option is best, but you shouldn’t misrepresent that there is no middle ground.

  2. I was unaware of such plan and it wasn’t mentioned to me as an option. After your comment, I went to the AT&T site and found a plan called MESSAGING 200 for $5.00. That seems fair. I wonder why they didn’t tell me about it?

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