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Texting is often a costly affair and it’s difficult to figure out why from a common sense point of view. In fact it’s probably like using an ATM, it could be free if “they” wanted it, but let’s milk the hell out of “them” all the same.
Fortunately, what with the onset of apps, there are now a number of services that help scoot around the cost for paying for a text or SMS, and the following apps get good rep from users to date.
Kik Messenger Price: Free This is an interesting messenger app that should work on WIFI without a cell phone connection but some users have stressed it doesn’t so check latest reviews first before downloading. That said this app lets you chat away for free, giving you push notifications of when a message is read, delivered and being composed. You can send photos, chat in groups and all this without any in-app purchases needed to better your apps features. No spammy ads also, so it’s the just the connectivity issue without a cell signal which is the grievance among some.
Google Voice Price: Free Only downer with Google Voice is that you can only send free texts to US mobiles, not to international ones. You can though make international calls at low rates – supposedly – but callers from the U.S have reported that they’ve were re-routed through AT&T and charged a small fortune! So, the fact that this app does provide a free text service only in the U.S is why this app features in this article, otherwise avoid its additional services.
Meebo Price: Free Meebo is like a better version of Fring, which links up with all the social networks allowing you to import all your contacts and chat away sharing whatever media you like. The main advantage it has over Fring is that you don’t have to be friends with everyone! Meaning, you can add or remove people individually. You can swipe between multiple chats, get sound notifications on latest messages to arrive, search recent history, set your availability like you can on Skype and unlike you can on FB where you are either seen on or off-line. Only major gripe by user’s is that the sounds a tad bad – could do with some improvement.
What’s App Price: $0.99 Ok so this costs just under a dollar as a one off payment. With What’s App you get free SMS’s and the instant messenger option as well. This is a cross platform app meaning it works on all devices, smartphones and tablets. There are no future payments needed once you’ve initially paid and no international charges to your text messages as there are with Google Voice. But to avoid these charges the recipient will also need the What’s App – app – installed also. It gives you a ton of other features too and it averages 4.5/5 from over 4000+ ratings of its latest upgrade. You can also send audio notes, images and have video calls or conferences – again, providing others are using this app, as is the case with most messenger apps.
TextFree Price: Free Ok so this is a tad confusing as this app used to be $5.99 but is now free so that’s good news for SMS’ers out there as text is now free using this app in tons of countries. You will need to check on the product features page to see if your country applies, but most are included there where free international texting is what sells this app. You can text and talk free and turn your iPod Touch into a phone but there will be some charges along the way, for example for those texting you who aren’t using this app and the same goes for incoming calls to this app – these callers will be charged. Still, gets excellent reviews.