Can I turn on Messages on my iPhone?

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I use my phone very sparingly, I have a pretty basic plan paying a basic monthly fee for the service and then I buy 500 minutes whenever I need them. Right now I have Messages turned off because I was told that if I have it on I would get charged. It's often a bit of a pain because sometimes people send me a text through Messages, which means I would get it on my iPad at home which is on WiFi, but not on my phone. They would have to send me a text message right to my phone and that doesn't always happen. So my question is: if I turn Messages on my phone would I get charged? Thanks
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Sophia, Mobile Master

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Are you on prepaid? If so, you can certainly text as much as you wish, as well as send picture messages, they won't cost you a penny! Data will have to be on for that, but again, you won't be charged :)

Edit: I am not familiar enough with iMessage though to know if you would get the messages without a data booster... you might want to change back to regular text as you'd be getting them no matter where you are.
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Yes, a data booster would be needed to send & receive iMessages. It would last a LONG time if only messages are sent & received through data.
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as I mentioned, I buy minutes as I need them so am not on prepaid, so to make sure I understand I need to get a data booster to use Messages? If I use the data booster only for Messages, sounds like the cost would be minimal
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I'm confused, what plan do you have and how do you buy 500 minutes? If you are not on prepaid and if you have no data, you can't use iMessage except when you are on Wi-Fi. Does your plan offer SMS?
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If you buy (500) minutes as you need them, you are on a prepaid plan. If you have a plan which includes an allotment of minutes each month (or has unlimited minutes) you have a postpaid plan. A 1GB purchase of data would last well over a year if you are receiving iMessages containing text. If folks are sending messages with images, then it would be consumed a bit faster.