There was a time when I tought I'd NEVER send a text message. Now I even have a data package on my cell phone that covers sending of data (text) and photos, since my phone has a built in camera.
Anyway ...not too long ago I was totally out of coverage range for a cell phone call but I happened to notice that I was able to send/receive text messages. I asked around a bit and found out that it is quite common to have the ability to send text messages even when you can't get a cell signal.
Bottom line is that I have gone from thinking that I wouod NEVER send a text message to a frequent text messenger. In fact my next phone will have the larger QWERTY keyboard. Reason for posting this is that with all the negative feedback sometimes generated with regard to hikers making calls on their cell phones I was wondering how folks feel about text messaging on the trail. No noise (if you have your audible keyboard feature deactivated) plus the ability to send receive messages when cell coverage otherwise might not be available. For a quick "I'm OK and in the following location" to a friend or loved one it seems pretty hard to beat.
What does everyone else think ??