sadly, those aren't able to be used on my elder relatives or my friends with dumbphones. no way my mom can figure out any of those programs.
Yes they are actually...
Google Voice works just like a phone text.
AIM gives you the option of using SMS protocol and sending to a mobile number.
This thread is highly amusing...but really, YOU pay what VZW charges for text because YOU choose to.
Exactly... I bet if more people stopped paying for it the price will drop significantly or would be added to bundled plans. Yet people are willing to pay $10-30 for texting plans.
I hear ya, but this was brought before Congress not too long ago for Anti Trust/Collusion/Price Fixing. There is another side to this. Carriers raise these rates in lock step. Now with the right amount of money, any problem can go away. I am investing in Forever stamps and I am just going to send mail letters.
In your opinion, what is the easiest, most dumb proof program/way to skirt these charges that would reach the most people for free? AIM or Google Voice?