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Cheapest texting option for teen (not wifi)

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What is the least costly way for a teen to have SMS texting that works over the cellular networks?  I am familiar with the WiFi based text devices but I need something that will work where there is not WiFi hot spot.  Thanks.
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Who's your carrier?
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.. From another post, I saw that T-Mobile in the us have unlimited texting option for 15$ per month
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by:amigan_99
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Well my phone is paid for by my work - Verizon. My wife has T-Mobile and a G1 phone.  Her plan is just $60 a month including unlimited Internet.  But to add the kid to the plan would be $40 a month.  I just him to be able to communicate to us say if he gets stuck at school or at a soccer practice or whatever.  Would really like to find something more like $20 a month.  Perhaps a pay for use.  I own a Blackberry Curve 8320 (T mobile) I could give him and I own a G1 developers edition.  
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by:amigan_99
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Silvers - but I think you have to have a call plan before you can sign up for the $15 texting.  No?  That is you can't just sign up for the text.  Right?
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you can have prepaid international roaming cards, pay as you go.. this one has unlimited incoming text and around 0.4$ outbound text to any destination
http://www.onesimcard.com

you can google for international roaming sim to get more such global operators
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by:Joshua_Peters
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Adding the line will only be 9.99 unless it is with the new plan. You can add unlimited texting for the whole family for 15. That would be the best and cheapest. There isn't a way to only get texting on cell phones.
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by:amigan_99
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http://www.consumersearch.com/prepaid-wireless/t-mobile-prepaid-annual-plan

The best deal for me is a prepaid that $100 for 1000 minutes that don't expire for a full year.  Thanks.
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