Or if you use Android, install the Google Voice app, get a GV number, and use that to send all your text messages. That's what I do, I don't need Verizon's grossly overpriced text plan. If it were free, I'd take it but I sure as heck am not going to pay for it.
Not to brag, but I got a special deal from Verizon.
I have two phones, each of which I pay the $30 unlimited data. The plan I'm on includes unlimited texting. I am getting a special discount of $20/mo for each phone - it's called the "Talk & Text Data Discount" - so that $29.99 for each phone actually becomes $9.99 for each phone, and I'm grandfathered in to the "true" unlimited. No tiering for me.
My total bill after all is said and done (including a special monthly merchant discount) is $137 for two smartphones, unlimited everything except the mintues - which is a 1400 minute family plan.
- FM -- This just in from the department of redundancy department...