A way to force texting plans on those who don't text The problem I have with this - and probably why the carriers are doing it - is that most of those who pay these high fees are those who prefer not to text at all.
In my case, I have in the past left texting enabled on my phone (if blocking it is even an option, which it isn't always) just in case anyone I know has something extremely urgent, they can text me.
However, friends of mine abuse this and send me unrequested texts. Also I've recently received several "spam" texts. On many phones/plans, you pay for the text whether you open/read it or not.
I have one friend who infuriates me to no end. She will not answer her phone (a Helio Ocean of course), and only responds to texts. Worse, if I send her a message like "Will be there at 10:30" she feels she HAS to respond with "Ok"... a 15 cent "Ok" I've tried to tell her over and over, but she says "it's automatic, I don't think about it"...
So I'm as we speak trying to figure out how to completely disable texting on my phone, as last month's texting charges for unwanted texts on my phone exceeded what a basic texting plan would cost me.
And of course, the carriers know this. They make it so you can't "not read" a text to avoid the charge. They will surely try, as time goes by, to make it harder to turn texting off as well.
Finally, they are bundling texting into the "everything" plans as a way to justify higher charges. I pay $39.99 for 450 minutes. If I want unlimited data, that's $15.00 more - so $54.99... But Sprint's Everything plan with 450 minutes is...... .. $69.99? So I would be paying another $15.00 for unlimited texting I DO NOT WANT... of course, that's what I'll be locked into if I get an Instinct, as it's the minimum plan. And it's a "deal" supposedly, since I'd be getting unlimited texting! That I don't want.
If it ain't broke..... You didn't overclock it enough.