I don't get charged when using my iPod to text (using the 'Messages' app). Maybe the people I'm texting are getting charged? In that case, who cares? LOL
What is the difference between email and text messaging?
SMS or text messages are delivered through your wireless carrier and email is delivered through the internet. You can send email through your phone or deliver text messages via your computer so the main difference is in the delivery. SMS messages may charge the user minutes or credits where as free email accounts generally don't. Smart phones allow users to send and receive email to save on the cost of texting. Another alternative is to use a chat service through Gmail, yahoo, MSN, AIM or another instant messaging service.
SMS usage in recent history:
In 2010, 6.1 trillion SMS text messages were sent. This translates into 192000 SMS per second. SMS has become a massive commercial industry, earning $114.6 billion globally in 2010. The global average price for an SMS message is $0.11, while mobile networks charge each other interconnect fees of at least $0.04 when connecting between different phone networks. While SMS is still a growing market, traditional SMS are becoming increasingly challenged by alternative messaging services which are available on smartphones with data connections, especially in western countries where some of these services attract users.
That's what I call a "Chat" box. Its based on IRC. IRC is totally different than Email, both internally and in the interface.
Edit: I'll add that if you have a mobile device that can operate as a wireless hotspot (such as an, ahem, Android phone), then you can continue to use network services.
Anything I should be aware of?
Yeah - I asked straight out - why should I buy this from you, when I can get this $20 cheaper - the exact same thing? I figured maybe they would throw in some free downloads or whatever. Basically a blank stare with - no reason/ I don't blame you sort of response.
I would have thought Apple would have been a bit more "smart" about their sales techniques.
Basically a blank stare with - no reason