So, are you saying that on AT&T (because that's what I have currently) they'll be able to read my texts? Or are you saying they'll only see the number it was sent to and what time it was sent?
They can't see the contents of the message - only the timestamp and phone number of the message.</p>
<p>Another approach - tell them that you're off to college, a transitional time in your life where you need to take personal responsibility in many areas and you believe they've prepared you well to do so. One of those areas can be the management of handling texting without it causing adverse effects - just like you'll need to handle waking up on your own, scheduling classes yourself, eating properly yourself, exercising and taking care of your body yourself, handling other temptations in college appropriately. You can still offer to pay for it yourself - you can tell them that since they don't text you don't expect them to pay for it and you're fully willing to as part of your taking on responsibility.</p>
Do what I did! Find your parents' SSN(s), call up your provider pretending to be them and switch your plan. Most parents aren't technologically savvy enough to ever notice the $5-$10 change in their bill the following month.
Very bad advice - if my kid did this they'd instantly no longer be on my cell phone plan and probably other ramifications. It's also illegal. And you might be surprised how technologically savvy or simply financially savvy (i.e. they read the bill) many parents are.</p>