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Wednesday, October 06, 2021

I’ve taken my distaste for text messaging to a new level: As of today, I’m no longer able to send or receive texts on my phone.

Yup. I called AT&T Wireless and had them put a “text-lock” on my account. It doesn’t affect my monthly bill, as I’d been going without a texting plan in the first place — meaning I was paying a per-message charge for each incoming and outgoing SMS. But from here on out, my iPhone will no longer see any new texts (outside of the occasional support message from AT&T, which is free anyway).

Why this drastic move? After all, texting is wildly popular. But it’s never been with me. Even before getting a Web-capable smartphone, I thought that texts were an annoyance, essentially a stop-gap time-waster on the way to eventual phonecalls. Now that I have email in my pocket — that’s free, insofar as the data plan I’m paying for anyway makes it free — I seriously don’t see the point of paying even a little bit extra for something I neither use nor want to get.

The only snag: Apparently, anyone who does send me a text from here on out won’t get any indication that it’s not going through. Basically, some of my acquaintances are going to think I’m blowing them off. But that’s the risk I’ll take. If they know me at all, they’ll already know that I don’t play the texting game anyway, and to either call or email instead.

There’s always an outside chance that I’ll find myself so inconvenienced by the lack of text-ability that I’ll beg AT&T to restore the function (which I can do at any time). Although if I were a betting man, I wouldn’t lay down a nickel on that happening.

by Costa Tsiokos, Wed 10/06/2021 10:19pm
Category: Society, Tech, iPhone
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  1. GOING TEXTING-LESS Population Statistic http://bit.ly/be1FxO

    Trackback by @TextConxTweets — 10/07/2021 @ 3:01 AM

  2. Color TVs are stupid, too

    Comment by David — 10/07/2021 @ 10:22 PM

  3. @David: They got 3D TVs now :)

    Seriously, it doesn’t irk you to have to pay for something that’s basically crippled email? I hope I’m starting a trend…

    Comment by CT — 10/07/2021 @ 10:48 PM

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