Education and Technology

Free text message alternatives: Don't pay to send, receive texts

Education and Technology

Free text message alternatives: Don't pay to send, receive texts

Text messaging is one of the greatest -- and overpriced -- communication services of our era. Sending a free text message from your smartphone or Internet device is possible, but you have to jump through a few hoops to get your texting fix. Developed in 1992 and limited to 160 characters, SMS (Short Message Service) is a tiny blip on carriers' networks. Srinivasan Keshav, a computer scientist who testified before Congress about text messaging in 2009.

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