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Text Messaging

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Text messaging is a service that lets you send and receive short text-only messages (160-character limit) on your mobile device. It’s a quick and easy way to stay in touch with your family and friends when you aren’t able to step away for a phone call. You can also sign up to receive subscription messages that give you up-to-date information on topics that are important to you.

With text messaging, you can:

  • Send and receive messages to and from other mobile numbers and email addresses
  • Receive alerts about important account changes or due dates
  • Receive regular updates about news, sports, weather, horoscopes and more
  • Read and send messages online through the Verizon Messages website


Text messages are billed differently depending on the type of plan you have.

  • Unlimited messaging – Send and receive as many texts as you want without paying additional fees. Unlimited messaging is included in The MORE Everything Plan.

  • Messaging allowance – A set number of messages is included each month with a plan (e.g., 1000 messages), and each message you send or receive is deducted from that amount with no additional charge. If that allowance is exceeded, messages are billed individually at a “pay as you go” rate.

  • Pay per message – Each message sent or received is billed individually at a rate outlined in your plan.

If you aren’t sure how messages are billed on your current plan, you can find that information on the following pages in My Verizon:

How to Get It

Text messaging is automatically included when you activate a new line of service.

Many plans come with unlimited messaging (e.g., The MORE Everything Plan) or you may have a monthly messaging allowance. If you don’t have either of these, you can still send and receive text messages on a “pay as you go” basis.

How to Use It

Instructions for use vary by device.

For many newer phones and tablets, you can find a visual step-by-step walkthrough on text messaging in our simulators. Select your device name from the list and look for the Text Messaging section.

If there isn’t a simulator available for your device, you can check your User Guide for more information.

Important Information

*Nationwide Select Plans include unlimited text, picture, video and instant messaging within the United States. All other plans include Text Messaging sent/received: 20¢; Text Messages sent to other countries are 25¢ send/ and 20¢ to receive; for coverage

limitations & maps, check the Coverage Locator. Additional Terms & Conditions apply.

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