I send text messages about 90% of the time, because I have trouble using any phone other than our home phone, which has an amplifier (I'm hearing-impaired). My cell phone also has an amplifier, but it's embarrassing using it in public (too loud, apparently). My boss and my in-laws don't know how to check for text messages (although I've shown them numerous times), so I have to call them. Text messaging ("SMS") is extremely popular in Germany, and probably accounts for about 75% - 80% of all cell phone use. It's much cheaper than calls. One thing I've found is that calling doesn't always work when you're traveling, even if you have a tri-band or quad-band phone, but text messages can be sent and received without any difficulty. I love email, faxes, and text messages, because I can communicate from afar, something that was extremely difficult for me in the past.