Text the world for cheaper: Which operator offers the cheapest SMS service?

January 05, 2012 | Rebtel

It is hard to estimate just how popular texting has become as a means of staying in touch. Since the first mobile phones to offer this facility came onto the market, texting has become more popular than calling people to stay in contact and is now an $81 billion market. Nowadays, more people than ever are looking to send cheap international text messages thanks to the advent of smartphone technology and in this article we seek to look at the different costs involved in sending international SMS to discover which company offers the best deal at the lowest prices.

Did you know that the average price to send an international SMS across the world is $0.11 per message? There are several companies however that seek to offer their customers a better deal than that and listed below are some of the contenders for the cheapest text services in the world.

The contenders

To see who offers the best deal, we can only compare like for like products. So to test the water, let’s see which companies allow you to send cheap international text messages to India, by looking at the costs of some of the best known cheap SMS providers including txt the World, txt4everywhere, Rebtel and First 4 SMS.

The cost of sending an international SMS to India : The comparison

Provider International SMS rate SMS texts per £10 spend
txt the World 4.50p per text
($0.07 per text)
222
txt4everywhere 4.50p per text
($0.07 per text)
222
Rebtel 2.69p per text
($0.04 per text)
371
First 4 SMS 6.50p per text
($0.10 per text)
153
Kapow 8.50p per text
($0.13 per text)
117
Bulk SMS 5.00p per text
($0.08 per text)
200

 

In this initial comparison, it is clear that Rebtel offer the cheaper rates, quite considerably. Being almost half as expensive to send an international text with than any of the other competitors. However, it is important to note that this was just a sample from one market. Which company comes out on top if we look at another popular call destination market, such as Ethiopia?

The cost of sending an international SMS to Ethiopia: The comparison

Provider International SMS rate SMS texts per £10 spend
txt the World 6.00p per text 166
txt4everywhere 4.50p per text 222
Rebtel 1.18p per text 847
First 4 SMS 6.50p per text
($0.10 per text)
153
Kapow 8.50p per text
($0.13 per text)
117
Bulk SMS 5.00p per text
($0.08 per text)
200

The conclusion

What is immediately apparent is that one service providers offers a considerably cheaper service than the others. Rebtel’s much cheaper rate per message means that even if you buy in bulk with other companies to receive a discount, they are still far more expensive than using the Rebtel service. When texting Ethiopia, you receive between four and seven times as many SMS with Rebtel for a £10 purchase, than you would other cheap providers. When texting India, you receive almost twice as many SMS with Rebtel as you do the next best provider.

The conclusion is simple, if you want to send cheap international text messages then you get a lot more for your money with Rebtel.

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