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much less likely to be on family plans. Among teens living in households with incomes
below $30,000, only 31% are on a family plan that someone else pays for. In this group,
15% have prepaid plans that someone else pays for, and 12% have prepaid plans that
they pay for entirely themselves. Black teens living in low income households are the
most likely to have prepaid plans that they pay for themselves. Unlimited plans are tied to increases in use of the phone, while teens on
"metered" plans are much more circumspect in their use of the phone. Fully three -quarters of teen cell phone users (75%) have unlimited texting. Just 13
percent of teen cell phone users pay per message. Those with unlimited voice and texting
plans are more likely to call others daily or more often for almost every reason we
queried – to call and check in with someone, to coordinate meeting, to talk about school
work or have long personal conversations. Teens with unlimited texting typically send
Pew Internet & American Life Project Teens and Mobile Phones | 10 and receive 70 texts per day, compared with 10 texts a day for teens on limited plans and
5 texts a day for teens who pay per message. plans are more lik...
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