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Is Handcent really free?

Discussion in 'Android Applications' started by RV9A, Feb 25, 2010.

  1. RV9A
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    I am truly sorry if this has been covered, but I can't seem to find the answer.

    I know that the Handcent app is free to download.

    My question is: are messages sent through handcent charged against your text message plan on verizon? I have the required data(web) and email plan but don't have unlimited text. Oh, by the way my new droid was shipped yesterday.

    I only text back and forth with my granddaughter on my current dumb phone. I can call her unlimited, but she would rather text than talk on the phone. true of lots of teens nowadays i think.
    thanks
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    you will still need a text messaging plan
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    The app Handcent is free but texting will still cost you UNLESS the recipient is a VZW customer.
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    Yes, handcent will count against your text plan. If you used Google Voice for texting then no, it would not count against your text plan.
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    handcent uses the same messages that the regular messaging app that came with the phone would use
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    Handcent is literally a different physical app to text people with, the app itself is free its the service that still costs you. Google Voice, however, makes the SMS service free :D
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    When did texting between VZW customers become free?
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    five years ago :p

    Oh and to the OP, I'm not sure if I've seen it in the market yet (might've been late) but textplus lets you text for free
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    From what I can tell it depends on your plan. VZW offers a couple different texting options the cheapest being 250 text messages for $5 and then 500 messages for $10 with free mobile to mobile.
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    RV9A, let's see your RV?
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    You are correct, if you have no text plan at all, any and all texting will still make you pay, as per what their contract reads. Only the plans for 5$ and up will allow you to text unlimited to others on the verizon network.
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    One correction here: the $10 messaging add-on gives unlimited vz-to-vz messaging (and 500 on top of that). The $5 does not.
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    Ah, I see. I have the $5 plan and have always been charged for texting anyone regardless of whether they are on VZW or not. That's why it has never been "free" for me.

    Ya learn something new everyday.....
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    Picture challenged

    I would be happy to post a picture of my RV9A. I can't seem to figure out how to accomplish it. When I click on the pictuce icon in the message toolbar, it asked for a web address. I just have pics in my picassa folder.

    Anyway, thanks for all the responses. Really helpful.
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    Picasa should be able to give you a link to the folder. An alternate approach would be to find the photo(s) and right-click on the photo. With Firefox you can just choose Copy Image Location. With IE you'd have to choose Properties and copy the Address (URL). Then the web address is in you clipboard. Just paste after you click the image button. Most forum sites work this way.

    Using that approach I can post your avatar here as an example:
    [​IMG]
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    My discussion with my VZW store and in my own "myverizon" app does not show the same, only mobile to mobile calls are free.
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