Now that the dust is settling and the Federal Communications Commission’s new Lifeline rules have gone into effect, we though it might be interesting to see which companies are offering the best texting plans. And which ones are offering the worst plans.
Because by definition all free government cell phones are free, but some companies give you “more for your money.” Or in this case, more for free.
After all, texting becomes more important every day. More people — especially the young — text more often than they call. And the younger they are, the more they text.
Which companies offer free unlimited texting?
If you’re a texting teenage girl or even if you just text like one, these plans allow you to text until your thumbs cramp up. We can make this quick with a simple listing of companies, because it’s impossible to beat an unlimited texting plan. Because it’s impossible to top an unlimited texting plan, there’s a dozen or more companies sitting in a tie for Best Texting Plan.
You can get one of those unlimited texting plans from: Access Wireless, Assurance Wireless, Budget Mobile, Blue Jay Wireless, Easy Wireless, enTouch Wireless, Life Wireless, Q Link Wireless, Safelink Wireless, StandUp Wireless, Tag Mobile, TerraCom Wireless, and other free government cell phone companies.
From first to worst
Although companies large and small are able to offer unlimited texting plans, the following nine companies offer far lesser texting plans. We are not the least embarrassed to admit that we don’t get it — texting is far cheaper than phone calls, eats up far less bandwidth, and is the preferred means of communication for millions of Americans young and old, so why are some companies so stingy with their texting plans? In addition, emergency alerts are increasingly being sent via text message.
Here, in alphabetical order, are free government texting plans whose text limits suck so badly that we urge you avoid them like an ugly ex-wife:
American Assistance – Offers 500 free voice minutes and 500 free texts per month
Assist Wireless – Offers 500 voice minutes and 500 texts (except in Oklahoma where texts are unlimited)
FeelSafe Wireless – Offers a free cell phone, 500 minutes, 500 texts & 500 MB data every month (except in California where you can get Unlimited Talk and Unlimited Text, plus 100 MB data, and Oklahoma Tribal plans that offer Unlimited Talk and Unlimited Text, plus 500 MB data)
Infiniti Mobile – One dollar a month gets you 750 minutes and 1000 texts in Oklahoma
NewPhone Wireless – Louisiana customers get 500 voice minutes & 1000 texts per month
SafetyNet Wireless – California customers get unlimited minutes, unlimited texts and 100 MB data. Customers in other states get just 500 minutes and 500 texts per month, or 50 minutes, 100 texts and 500 MB data.
Total Call Mobile – Offers customers 250 talk & text Units plus 500 MB Of data per month
StandUp Wireless – Offers a mere 250 free minutes and text messages per month
True Wireless – Offers customers in Arkansas, Maryland, Rhode Island, Texas, Oklahoma (non-tribal) 500 minutes or texts (3 texts = 1 minute)
C’mon, guys, these plans suck. They’re not competitive. They’re not what people want. They’re not what people need.
It’s time to compete or die.