The Chad’s News phone network still uses one of those ancient plans where you pay 20¢ for each text message sent or received. Fortunately it’s possible to save some money by sending text messages via email. (Long-time Chad’s News readers will remember this post, where teleflip.com provided a single source for emailing text messages—but they’ve gone out of business.) The process is fairly straightforward, although it requires you to know the recipient’s cell provider. Here are the specifics for several major carriers (replace “number” with the actual 10-digit phone number).
The linked articles have more detail, including additional ways to send texts (AIM anyone?). And remember that Chad’s News is a proud Verizon customer.