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America is texting more. Are you?

Text messaging appears to be one of the fastest growing communications media in America. For years we’ve heard stories of teens exchanging thousands of messages per month, so it appeared as though it had come close to peaking. Not even close. In fact, from 2007 to 2008, the number of texts sent in America more than doubled, going from an average of 188 per user to 407. Since young people tend to use text communication more than older people, it stands to reason that the average number of text messages per user will only rise for years to come. With that in mind, what are the best prepaid carriers for text messaging?

In one of our recently updated We Help You Decide features, we broke down the best prepaid carriers for text messaging. Check that out for a longer reference. For a quick look, the following carriers have unlimited text messaging options:

Some of these come as part of plans — Straight Talk, Cricket, MetroPCS, and PlatinumTel most prominently — but most of them offer some kind of unlimited text messaging add-on. How long is it before all the other carriers catch on to the fastest-growing trend in wireless?