So, I've used VM for years for my kids and it used to be that I would top up their phone with $10 and out of that $10, I would buy $5.00 messaging package that brought the cost of messages to .05. Now VM has done away with that nicety. They've replaced with a whole bunch of expensive monthly contracts instead when my 10 year old really just needs a few messages per month.
Looks like I'm moving to AT&T which still has the monthly $5.00 for 200 messages packages.
Just be aware that VM is no longer a value choice for pay as you go customers.
Merry Christmas, Happy New Year to all!