Creative way to get nearly unlimited texting for $5 month?
Speakout has a $10 add-on every 30 days to get unlimited texting, but I don't want to pay more than $5 a month. So I thought... "I wonder if I can get a tiny bit of cheap data?" TextNow says that you can text hundreds of messages for a MB, and each phone call would cost 0.3 MB per minute (so, a little more than 3 minutes for 1 MB). SpeakOut has 100 MB for $10 every 30 days, so that won't work for me since I'm aiming for about $5 a month.
However, Petro Canada has a 15 cents per MB charge on their Anytime Plan (hundreds of texts for 15 cents? Heck yeah!). So I could buy a $100 top-up that lasts 365 days and just use data only for my texts and phone calls. But I don't want the $100 top-up. I want the $50 one, but that one expires after 180 days, so that won't work for me either.
I'm wondering if anyone knows of a prepaid top up of $50 or less that I can purchase that lasts a whole year? And on top of that, has a reasonable per MB charge? I'm in Nova Scotia, so there's that hurdle as well.
One other option, and I'm wondering if anyone has ever done this... are there any American or European cell providers that charge super cheap data roaming rates where I can basically permanently roam in Canada? That would work as well. All I need is data, and TextNow to have a local number and pretty much unlimited texting.
Just trying to creatively be frugal here.