This won't have much relevance to the lot of us that no longer user our voices to communicate, choosing instead to discuss current events with our friends just blocks away in 160-character chunks fired off on cramped QWERTY keyboards -- but if you look at carrying a phone as more of a necessary evil than a lifestyle accessory, this might be of interest. Verizon has cut its daily prepaid rate for unlimited voice on dumbphones from $3.99 to $1.99, a half-off fire sale that seems a nod to the fact that voice is less important (and cheaper for carriers to offer) than ever before. Notably, the messaging rate doubled at the same time, going from one cent to two -- doesn't sound like much, but if you're belting off a couple thousand texts a month, this might not be the best option for you. Instead, AT&T -- which most regard as Verizon's closest competitor and mortal enemy -- recently lowered its per-day prepaid rate from $3 to $2
and includes unlimited texting in the package.
*Verizon has acquired AOL, Engadget's parent company. However, Engadget maintains full editorial control, and Verizon will have to pry it from our cold, dead hands.