Optus subsidiary Boost Mobile is offering 5-cent texts to any network as part of a prepaid plan. That offer might be appealing to teenagers, but does it really make financial sense?
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Given the complexity of many mobile plans (which offer, for example, free texts but only to other phones on the same network, or only outside business hours), five cents a pop no matter what sounds pretty good. However, given the relatively brief recharge periods (15 days for $15 or 25 days for $25), those offers aren't particularly flexible.
I'm not a TXT-crazed teenager (or a stressed parent), though, so I don't know that I've got the best perspective on these rates. Does that sound like a deal worth considering, or do other factors come into play? Share your youthful or youth-watching wisdom in the comments.