Unformatted text preview: h noting that the cost for sending and receiving text messages
without a subscription can range between 15 to 30 cents per message. 28 On the other
hand, unlimited subscriptions are extremely common. Thus, if teen A has an unlimited
texting subscription and communicates with teen B who does not, texting would
represent a significant burden given that U.S. cell phone owners pay to both send and
receive text messages. This situation would encourage teen B to get a bundled or
unlimited texting subscription. This type of calculation would ripple thorough groups of
teens who, as we will see below, have started to use texting for many different purposes.
Those who do not sign up for specific subscriptions face the possibility of having to pay
dearly for the use of texting by their friends with unlimited plans. Who pays for teens ’ cell phones? Twenty -nine percent of teen cell phone users pay for at least some of the costs of their
cell phones; that figure rises to 63% among black and Hispanic teens in...
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- Fall '13
- cell phone, American life project, mobile phones