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Old 05-13-2013, 10:42 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Wasn't texting a LOT more expensive 13 years ago?
Also, isn't texting just slightly more high tech than Morse Code?
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Old 05-13-2013, 10:48 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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Texting was cheaper than talking in the UK, so it was ubiquitous. Texting was silly expen$ive in the US until recently, so it wasn't often done.
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Old 05-13-2013, 03:55 PM
 
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Wasn't texting a LOT more expensive 13 years ago?
Also, isn't texting just slightly more high tech than Morse Code?
10 cents/message. $10/month for unlimited texts. It's actually more expensive now on feature phones as an add-on. With the bundled plans now, it's really cheap.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:24 AM
 
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I remember sending a text to my boyfriend in 1999 from Fl to MI. He had a Nextel phone. I remember thinking this is going to be a big deal with kids because most parents didn't know about it. I also remember sending a text when I was driving once. I was on I-75 without another car in sight. It was "call me", and I knew this would cause a lot of accidents and never did it again. I can't remember the name of the cell provider but I know T-Mobile bought them out. Also I could only send a text from the phone and could not receive them. AT&T also came out with a no roaming plan. I think it was 200 minutes for around $100.00 per month.
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Old 05-17-2013, 06:57 PM
 
Location: New York City
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Txting is incredibly tedious without a real keyboard. I use a cheapo $20 phone when I travel in Africa. I hate it when someone sends me a txt. I think you have to be a kid to actually enjoy doing it.
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:56 PM
 
Location: NYPD"s 30th Precinct
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I feel quite old when I recall beepers and how sending certain numbers would read something when turned upside down.
Somewhere, there's a six year old inside me that still chuckles at 58008
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Old 05-18-2013, 03:34 PM
 
Location: Maryland not Murlin
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I could be wrong, but I remember texting to be fairly cheap back in the day. If I remember correctly, I think I only paid $5/month for what-ever messaging plan I was on, which I believe gave me an allotment of 300 messages a month.
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:10 PM
 
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I think it was free in the beginning so people would use it. I worked for a delivery company and it was great for giving the drivers directions. Then they started unlimited for $5 and the price slowly raised. I do remember reading when they first started charging that the phone companies were making a lot of money for charging for texting. This is a newer article. "Texting your friend "Hey, what's up, Joe?" costs a wireless carrier roughly 1/1,000 of a penny. That is to say, sending roughly 1,000 text messages should cost, at wholesale pricing, about a single cent. If you send a lot of lengthier texts, it might round up to two cents. The number crunching at this point is simple: unless you're sending 500,000 text messages per month, your wireless carrier is profiting. Most people send under 1,000, and many send less than 100—all the while paying $5.00 per month." What's in a Text? The Real Cost of SMS and Just How Badly Wireless Carriers are Ripping You Off - Techvibes.com.
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Old 03-14-2017, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Carteret, NJ
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I could be wrong, but when I was in middle school (September 2002 to May 2005), cellphones were not a thing for my 6th and 7th grade years. Minority of people for them in my 7th grade year. When I was in 8th grade, cell phones took off (back then it was flip phones). No one texted - we called each other. If we did text, it was so rare that I dont even remember because it was 1 or 2 messages out of the whole day. We used AIM instead.

I know I could be wrong because of my age during this time, so if people did text, it did not make it to use yet until I was in high school (freshmen or sophomore year of high school).
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Old 03-14-2017, 03:59 PM
 
Location: 75075
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i was definitely texting in late 2003 .also i think american idol,etc helped texting and moved it main stream.
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