Which one you do the most? Calling or Text Messaging

@femimi (872)
Indonesia
April 10, 2007 5:41am CST
With my cell phone, I prefer using text messaging than calling. I don't know is this Asian people habit or not ? Because I heard from my friends in Europe and America, text messages not popular as in Asia. With text messages I can give detail message to that person, and also I can save the text in my cell phone if I have to read it again (like price list, email address, etc) I also can argue with someone clearly and sometimes that person also reply me with text message because maybe too tired to hear my voice, and we still can keep our emotion because no shouting. I just do calling if I have to get quick answer and if I can't type the text in fast way. But my hubby seldom using text messaging, he prefer to talk in the phone than wasting time waiting the reply from people. How about you ?
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@xelissa (776)
• New Zealand
10 Apr 07
I like it because its cost effective, and a mobile way of communicating with people not only in your country but globally. Its also an efficient way. Calling just makes it easier to call out of house so you can be contacted on the walk. If its formal then I'd call (i.e for work) if its informal then I'd text (i.e If I'm late for a party, or just talking with my mates) we have these 2000 text services for 10 dollars a month. Calling is .50 in a minute. So what can you say more with your 10 dollars? 20 minutes of talking or 2000 text messages?
@femimi (872)
• Indonesia
10 Apr 07
Yupe.. I also think the text messaging cost is more effective. And sometimes I'm not only send a short text messages, I even make letter with that -lol-
• Philippines
11 Apr 07
how you forget easily. we are the texting capital of the world. so most people in the philippines prefer texting than calling. and i am one of them. and it is cost-effective way to communicate with others and to our loved ones in abroad (only cost 1 peso if they use roaming service of smart or globe)
• Philippines
10 Apr 07
i use txt messaging a lot than calling coz in txt messaging i can save a lot message like romantic message...sometimes i only used calling when its urgent...
@femimi (872)
• Indonesia
10 Apr 07
Yeah... me too ^_^
• India
10 Apr 07
i prefer messaging because it's free with my connection and you can send it whenever you want without actually disturbin the other person,you can send it from any place even from your classroom when the lecturer is givin his/her lectures!! and last but not the least you can convey your fellins to the other person without actually facing him/her and even without gettin bored by listnin to him / her!!!!
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@femimi (872)
• Indonesia
10 Apr 07
-lol- yeah... u rite about the getting bored by listening part hahaha
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• United States
10 Apr 07
I personally text quite often because my plan offers free text messaging. On a regular 9 pad phone, t-9 is a bit confusing at first, but since i text so much, texting is not a labor. With this said however, i usually make phone calls, but usually text my closest friends when I am in a hurry or cannot talk. (i.e while in class or during a boring lecture.)
• Philippines
10 Apr 07
I have my cellphone for almost five years now and I may say that I'm still trying to figuring out whay I'm too lazy to composed a text message even almost all people around me are so addicted to it. I prefer more of calling that txt... cause I'm too lzay to type a message in a small keypad.
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@aciddrop (798)
10 Apr 07
i think its mainly Asian ppl's habit but brits text msgs a lot as well.the good point about texting msg is we can avoid the awkward pause that often happens talking on phone.because we can text back whenever we come up with what we want to say.as a result,if we need quick answers we'd beeter call.
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@hitesh23 (233)
• Hong Kong
10 Apr 07
I think partly why test messaging in Asia is so popular is because of the cheaper rates for messaging. I do agree that it is a quick way to send a short message if you are feeling too lazy. I don't have a preference of one over another. I send a text message if my message is a short one and I call the person up if the message will not fit into a short message.
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@missybal (4490)
• United States
10 Apr 07
I hate text messaging. It costs me 10 cents per text. Then half the time I don't understand all that short hand people use. It takes me longer to read it with all that in it. I can call someone and say what I want to say so much quicker. My husband is the same way. Plus those keys on the phone are so small. It takes for ever to type in what you want to say. I have heard that a lot of Asians love text messaging and that there are more cell phones there then in the U.S. However I do know quite a few people who go texting crazy.
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@femimi (872)
• Indonesia
10 Apr 07
Yupe, I also see some differences. In Asia (specially in my country) people can have at least 2 cell phone (one for GSM number, and one for CDMA number which lower cost but can't be used if we want to go to other city in another province, for you to know Indonesia has many islands spreading). And the text message cost more cheap than calling, and once you make text msg, and the person reply it can be just like chatting for most of us. My ex boss also did that, he directed people sometimes using text msg, so he could meeting and directed the people in the same time. Well... about the keypad... I actually could surprise you, that I can type very long msg not more than 1 minute if I already have the concept and know what should I send. And many of my friends also can do that, sometimes waiting for soonest reply is not strange think here.
@femimi (872)
• Indonesia
10 Apr 07
I also forget to tell, sometimes text msg now also become addictive and also become serious social problem in my place (I will make another topic about this). And maybe text msg could make your thumb more bigger than before :D -lol-
@mzz663 (2777)
• United States
11 Apr 07
I live in America. I use text messaging more than using the phone itself. The cell phone company I use charges me minutes to use the phone between 7am and 7pm but charges me nothing if I send text messages. like you, I like them for keeping details. plus, I can't talk on my phone at work, but I can text and no one seems to notice.
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@mzz663 (2777)
• United States
11 Apr 07
my son uses it at school because he knows I cant talk on the phone at work, great way to communicate if you ask me!
@kkerix (403)
• United States
10 Apr 07
sorry, i must agree with hubby, i am in america, hawaii, and i do not like to text message, if i want to talk to you then i will call you and talk. one problem for meis my hands are to big to text on those phones, i have to be careful not to hit more than two keys on this computer key board i am typing, texting on now, lol. i am a joke on the cell phone. i almost hate trying to use it because it is so small. i do not mind getting text messages, but i will call you back, if i want to talk, lol. have fun, i am on hubby's side,lol. mahalo, oahu lopaka
@femimi (872)
• Indonesia
11 Apr 07
I also have cousin who always call back if I test msg him -lol- he lazy to type, better talking.
@cjthedog64 (1552)
• United States
10 Apr 07
I've never sent a text message and I've had it on my cell phone for at least 3 years. I just don't see the point unless you're in a meeting or something and can't talk. I just call, say what I need to say and that's it. None of the back and forth stuff that I see other people doing. I hate reading that texting "language" in regular places, why would I want to put up with it on my phone? I just don't get it. Maybe I'm old now...
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@femimi (872)
• Indonesia
10 Apr 07
Well, my mom now 63 years old, and my daddy 74 years old and still using text msg -lol- We sometimes communicate by sms, if I can't call them (when I am really busy or in meeting hour).
@onig58 (7)
• Philippines
10 Apr 07
Why call when you can text? In the Philippines, calls are expensive. If, for a time people were paged, at least now, people can be reached and can reach other people via text or SMS. Its cheaper, and most of all, you can ensure that you got the right message because its written.
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@femimi (872)
• Indonesia
10 Apr 07
Also Indonesia calls are more expensive than short messages, so maybe many people do text than calling.
@cvignesh (304)
• India
10 Apr 07
I have 3000 sms free per month so I use sms a lot
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@femimi (872)
• Indonesia
10 Apr 07
wow... what a huge number :)
• Philippines
23 Apr 07
I'm a TEXTER mania. So I text/send SMS messages a lot rather than call. It's kinda expensive if I call because the phone providers in the country have this unlimited texting services already. :)
• United States
17 Apr 07
I do like to call but prefer to text because I find that people have more to say with texting, especially when it comes to me.
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@Easytime (126)
• Nigeria
16 Apr 07
I lov to call and send txt mess too. I spend time and money to do these two. It is really nice when u call and also nice to send mess when u dont have money. I call most of the times I have money but I send txts when there is no money.
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@chiyosan (30196)
• Philippines
14 Apr 07
i prefer texting. calling is more expensive, ut if i really neede to have answers right away, i call already.
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@SheliaLee (2736)
• United States
14 Apr 07
This is just me, but I much prefer calling. It takes me too much time to find all the letters on the keypad so I would rather just make the phone call. Hope you have a wonderful weekend!!
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@hmike_d (1529)
• Philippines
13 Apr 07
If i need a quick answer i would be up with calling. It's just that when you just text 'em up then you're not sure if your message will be read immediately and more so, if he/she has the courage to reply on it. Unlike calling, you'll really have a prompt answer. On the other hand, contrary to the above, just when i dont need a quick answer, say... simple "hi" or asking for an update about a certain stuff, then, i'm just gonna text it up until i such time that I would be prompted to call.
@Kristien (78)
• China
12 Apr 07
I'd like to use text messages. Because in our city, the payment way is not the same if you use different company service. As to me, I just need to pay 60RMB every month, then I can send 1000 pieces of messages free, and I don't need to pay for all my calls from others, but if I want to call others, I must spend money additionally. So, I always choose text message firstly, because it can save money for me:) If others will call me, I'm glad to talk with them on the phone, too.:)
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