Cell Phone Messaging

Written by Kathleen Gagne
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There are cell phone messaging options for every cell phone user. Most cell phone plans come with voice mail and text messaging options. This allows the caller to choose which method of communication will be most effective in any given situation. If the caller is using a cell phone, leaving a voice message takes up cell phone minutes. On the other hand, choosing the text option means a minimal charge and a concrete message delivered to the recipient.

Currently, cell phone messaging works when messages are "typed," using anywhere from one to three taps of a number on the cell phone keypad. On the button for the number two, for example, pressing it twice will result in the letter B while pressing it three times will result in the letter C showing up on the recipient's phone. All of the punctuation marks can be displayed as well.

Cell Phone Messaging Advantages

Obviously the most important advantage to using cell phone messaging is the cost, especially if you need to leave a lot of messages and purchase a plan that includes them. Another advantage is that the message is clear to the recipient; there is virtually no chance of static interfering with a text message. Text messages are great when the sender can't spend time talking but wants to communicate something important or just send a friendly "hello."

If the receiver is at a movie or in church or at a power meeting, s/he can take the message without disturbing anyone else. In case of an emergency, text messaging can get the news out to thousands of cell phones within minutes. Some weather channels and sports networks now use text messages to alert people about important events. There is usually a monthly charge associated with these services.

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