With my old cell phone I didn't do any texting as each text coming and going cost an extra dime over the monthly charge for the minutes in the plan. Now I have a Tracfone where I prepay for my minutes and when I text it gets subtracted from my minutes usually 3 tenths of a minute per text. At the rate I pay for minutes with double minutes each text costs about 5-6 cents, but I don't have to pay extra, it just gets taken from my total minutes.
Last week for the helluva it I decided to send a text to a cousin. I said, "Thought about giving you my new cell NO. then remembered u never called my old cell" A few minutes later I got a reply. "Why not? Who is this? Give me your no so I can think about calling." And then another, "Maybe I lost your no. Or was waiting for you to call or...." I'll let him wonder about who sent the text until the next time I see him, which may be a year or three??
One of these days I'll see if I can send an e-mail with my phone. Don't know if that'll work as it doesn't say anything about e-mails in the phone manual.