A Rowlett teenager who sent nearly 34,000 text messages in about a month admits that she texts all the time.
Rebecca Strimpel, 16, guesses she sends "maybe 50 to 100 a day."
But her latest AT&T phone bill shows that for the last billing cycle, which lasted 33 days, she sent 33,989 text messages. That's roughly 1,027 text messages a day. Strimpel isn't alone. A teen in California recently clocked nearly 15,000 texts in one month.
"It's insane," said her mother, Lisa Strimpel. "She just turned 16. I'm thinking she needs to get a job."
The teenager said she text messages at home, during lunch and even at school.
"It vibrates really loud during class, so I have to hold it up and off my purse, because I'm always in my purse texting so they don't see me," she said.
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If the family didn't use AT&T's unlimited text-message plan, they'd be looking at just more $3,300 for text messages alone.
But while the messaging isn't hurting their wallets, it is starting to wear on their hands.
"I'll get a thumb cramp and have to move it around," Rebecca said.