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TEX­TING is a bit of a con. If you want to send just 160 char­ac­ters via old-fash­ioned tex­ting, it can cost ten pence or more.

But, there is a way to slice this cost right down. It’s done by us­ing your phone’s mo­bile in­ter­net to send text mes­sages — not to men­tion emails, pic­tures, videos and mu­sic — rather than its text fa­cil­ity.

Of course, this is not as cheap as com­pletely free texts you may get as part of your phone pack­age. So, if you’ve got those, use them up first.

To send texts via the mo­bile in­ter­net, down­load soft­ware from ei­ther or vykecor­po­, and you can text those with the same soft­ware for free, apart from a very small data charge.

If they don’t have the soft­ware, then you can text us­ing FishText for two pence or Vyke Pro for three pence. A warn­ing, though; if you want to re­ceive texts us­ing this soft­ware, you will need to have the ser­vice switched on all the time, which can add up to around £1 or £2 a month.

But if you’re a big tex­ter, this is a great way to cut the cost.

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