In This Chapter
Creating a text message
Getting a text message
Texting pictures, videos, and media items
Managing your text messages
Texting is an activity that doesn't have to be explained to anyone under the age of 25. So I'll start off by assuming that you're not some teenager who spends most of your time looking at a cellphone and typing with your thumbs. The thing the teenager knows is that sending someone a short text message is kind of fun and easy — and unobtrusive. Then again, you don't have to let texting consume your entire life. When you need to, or if you're new to the idea, consider mulling through the tips and suggestions offered in this chapter.
The common term for using a cellphone to send a text message to another cellphone is texting. I prefer to say it as "sending a text message." The program that handles this job on the Nexus One is Messaging.
Some Android applications can affect messaging. You're alerted to whether the program affects messaging before it's installed. See Chapter 19.
Your cellular service plan may charge you per message for each text message you send. Some plans feature a given number of free messages per month. Other plans, favored by teenagers (or their parents) feature unlimited texting.
The nerdy term for texting is SMS, which stands for Short Message Service.