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I have a iphone that a family member gave me and i love it. It is SO easy to text. I realize now what the appeal is for texting. I can also email anyone from the phone, which is neat too, although I really prefer texting.

Anything that keeps me from having to make an actual phone call and talking in real time is awesome for me. Phone calls make me anxious. Texting is perfect, even though I never thought I would become someone who enjoys texting (it always stuck me as 'teenagey' before I actually started using it).

Anyway I now love it and want to know what other people think. Or do you prefer emailing from your phone? Tweeting from your phone? None of the above?

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We don't have our phones enabled for text or email, it would cost a fair bit more and I already grouse about how much we are paying for a very simple cell phone service. I feel they grossly overcharge for cell phone service smile I do see the appeal of texting. If I could text for free then I would do it.


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With my previous phone, I had 20 cent charges to read or send a text msg, and it was also inconvenient and confusing to figure out how to actually write a text. So i didn't use texts and was annoyed when people would try to send me one.

It all depends on the phone keyboard and your phone plan. Phones that are made for texting are a delight to use. And newer cell plans usually offer an unlimited text option.

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That's true too - my phone would have me using the numeric keypad, which I already find annoying to use. So I imagine texting would be even worse smile


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texting with the numeric keypad is time consuming and annoying - yes. With my previous phone, the Motorola Razr, I would text as minimally as possible.

With my iphone I want to text as much as possible to save me from having to make actual phone calls. It's amazing the difference a keypad makes.

At this point any new phone I get in the future has GOT to have a good keypad for texting. It is SO nice to just send a quick msg on the go and not have to deal with the chitchat that is part of calling someone.

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I have a prepaid cellphone so I really don't text or email anyone. I also have the world's cheapest phone so texting isn't very fun.

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My husband and I refuse to text or add it to our phone plan. Too expensive. Our daughter, who is on our plan, pays for unlimited texting herself. All her friends communicate that way and it got too expensive paying per text.

We don't use our phones to email either. I've heard recently that iPhones have been hacked and bank numbers, etc stolen. That's the first thing i thought of when I saw commercials with people doing their banking on iPhones. We don't even use wireless internet to bank.

No reason to make it easy for the crooks!

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I don't do any banking on my phone but do trust my online account. I can't do anything without my online accounts! But I change the passwords for them frequently, just in case.

I am still in awe on how much i love to text. So much less small talk! It's perfect for me! I am at the point that if someone i normally would call won't text with me, i get annoyed at them. Phone calls take so much more time effort. And for me, stress.

I am now seeing people selling things on craigslist offering their number for people to text them. I think that is what I am going to do when I start selling things off. I really do not like talking to strangers on the phone. It's so much effort to come across as a normal person.

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Texting sounds like a perfect match for you Jilly, I'm so glad you found that!


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I put my daughter on my plan and signed up for unlimited text. She averages about 10,000 texts per month - and that is probably an understatement. I send about 200 texts per month - 99% of them to her. We added unlimited Internet to her phone when she ran the bill up to over $1000 one month being on the Internet on her phone. They waived most of that, which she had to pay, under the condition that we purchase the unlimited internet. Needless to say $15.99 per month for cell phone internet is cheaper than by the minute - though I can't understand the purpose of having Internet on your phone when your sitting in front of a computer anyway. Teenagers!!!


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I love online banking too but don't use wireless to do it. I have my computer so don't think I'd use an iphone to do banking or emailing. Mostly I keep my cell phone for emergencies and also we're on a friends and family plan so the kids can call us for free. They don't even have landlines in their homes anymore.

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I rarely sent texts with my old phone, but like Jilly, I do much more with my iPhone. I consider my iPhone a handheld computer and that's why I bought it. I am often away from my office for much of the day and carrying a laptop got to be a hassle, especially with travel when I really just wanted it to check email, etc. Plus, the iPhone was the best "deal" -- I was all ready to get a Blackberry but they were way more expensive.

So, now, I can check my email from most anywhere and I also have my social media apps for Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn on my phone. When my power went out last night, that was a cool thing to have!

I don't do mobile banking -- mostly because I read the fine print & my bank offers it free, but there's verbage in there that says I agree to pay essentially whatever they decide to charge. So, I don't want it. Online banking from my laptop or desk computer is fine for me. I can still, on the iPhone, go into their site just like on any other computer and move money if I need to.

I don't have a GPS in my car & I love that I can use the iPhone as a GPS--it finds where I am & draws a map to where I need to go! For free! LOL

I know I sound like a sales rep, but it really has made things much easier for me. And, I am pretty good at typing on it now, but it took some getting used to.

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Originally Posted By: Jilly
Anything that keeps me from having to make an actual phone call and talking in real time is awesome for me. Phone calls make me anxious.


I am the same way. I don't text a whole lot, but I greatly prefer texting to talking. Texting is more fun, involves less meaningless chit-chat, and always leaves me with a record of what was said, just in case (i.e. "What time are we meeting at the bar? Huh, I forgot. Lemme check that text...").


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I never texted and never will unless I get a job that needs a smart phone and where I need to text for it. I email but only with my desktop. My cell phone is used like my land phone to make and receive calls.

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Text for short messages, easier than trying to get someone available at the same time as me. But for longer messages, HATE it. Stupid keypad. And predictive used to drive me crazy. Now it's just annoying, as I'm getting to work out how to use it. E-mails on phone? Never. Worse than texting.


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Text now mostly when I need to get hold of someone. Sometimes I email but the small keypad makes it difficult.

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