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Avoid monthly text charge on iPhone?

After paying for more minutes than I need, data plan and text plans for family members, my Verizon bill is jacked. Is there a way receive text messages sent to my phone number using another app. I don't want anyone's proprietary system unless it can send and receive texts for free at my cell phone number. I am trying to save the $5/month for 250 texts, but if I don't pay it, I get hit up for a quarter every time someone sends me a text. I love text, but I use less than 100/month.

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mccrickAuthor Commented:
Here is the linked question. http://www.experts-exchange.com/Apple/Hardware/Q_27402729.html

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cdesignerCommented:
You need sms service or internet to send text messages. Both of them require some fee. There is no app for an absolutely free messaging. Your bills may be huge due to very high internet traffic usage. iPhone loves to spend internet traffic, even if you do not need any services.
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mccrickAuthor Commented:
I have internet. I have an iPhone which requires a data plan which is $30/mo. I realize that the texting would use a tiny portion of this data plan. Is it possible to tie my cell phone number into a 3rd party text app?
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mccrickAuthor Commented:
It wouldn't have to be absolutely free. Perhaps the app would cost $5 and then work for free over my existing data plan.
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mccrickAuthor Commented:
Text Plus Gold looks good for $2, but can I link it to my cell phone number?
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cdesignerCommented:
Sure, if you want to text to the same app at the another iPhone or other smartphone, try http://www.whatsapp.com/
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mccrickAuthor Commented:
Looks the other person needs the same app on there phone. I need something that works with everybody, not app specific on there end.
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cdesignerCommented:
There is no other way. SMS vs Some other messaging system(same app required).
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mccrickAuthor Commented:
OK, so if I want people to text my cell phone number, there is no way around the $5/month? That's the answer?
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shreshthwadhwaCommented:
go for imessage if your close ones also have iphone...
i think you could also use google sms...~~
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mccrickAuthor Commented:
iMessages seems to kick in automatically when you are on Wi-Fi. Saves a couple of dings against the text usage.

No real solution.
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