Knowlton Thomas, Techvibes:
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.
As one of my G+ connections mentioned: “And that is why I’m always on Whatsapp now.”
So many of my friends are on Whatsapp-capable smartphones that when I actually have to use SMS because one of them isn’t “with it”, it feels almost weird. And with iMessage coming with iOS 5, there’ll be even less reason to use SMS. Mark my words — it will soon be the case (if it isn’t already) that when people mention SMS, they’ll get smirks and funny looks.
“Really? SMS? How quaint.”