Recently got rid of my Verizon contract and started looking at services like Tracfone and Net10 because I hardly ever used my phone for calls, mostly for texting. There's been plenty of days where I didn't even turn the thing on because I'm at a desk most of the day and have VoIP/FB/AIM/etc at my disposal.
The TracfoneF R455c with TMFL caught my eye as it seems like a good phone for the price, not to mention the triple minutes which is even more appealing. If I did this I'd imagine the 200min 90day card(600min with TMFL) would closely match my usage. The problem is that I don't really understand this whole unit/minute system and what it means for texting. This option would run me about $100 for the startup and end up at about $13.33/month for airtime which doesn't include promo codes.
Net10 also offers the R455c, although more expensive, and I read somewhere that texting on the Net10 qwerty samsungs is $.03/text rather than $.05/text on all their other phones. With this option I could go with the 900min/90day card and pay around $140 for the whole startup and end up at about $20/month for airtime but have +300 minutes over the TF route. How does texting get charged with this company?
Both seem like decent options and I really like the reviews on the R455c, I just don't know which plan would be better for me so any help would be greatly appreciated. I especially need to know how each company charges for texting since more times than not I'm doing that rather than talking on the phone.
Also, do both companies offer the airtime and service day meter on this phone? That seems like a really nifty feature that I would like to have as I can be very forgetful about such things.