Free texting apps

Content
  1. Free SMS applications for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone
  2. whatsapp
  3. What do we like?
  4. What we don’t like
  5. Facebook messenger
  6. What do we like?
  7. What we don’t like
  8. LINE
  9. What do we like?
  10. What we don’t like
  11. Kik Messenger
  12. What do we like?
  13. What we don’t like
  14. viber
  15. What do we like?
  16. What we don’t like
  17. Skype
  18. What do we like?
  19. What we don’t like
  20. Signal
  21. What do we like?
  22. What we don’t like
  23. limp
  24. What do we like?
  25. What we don’t like
  26. dissonance
  27. What do we like?
  28. What we don’t like

Free SMS applications for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry and Windows Phone

Use the app to send and receive free SMS on your smartphone, avoiding the often expensive GSM-based SMS. Most apps require Wi-Fi or a data plan.

whatsapp

What do we like?

  • Supports free voice and video messages.

  • Linked to a phone number, not an account.

What we don’t like

  • Free services only work with other WhatsApp users.

  • If someone has your number, you can’t be offline.

Use WhatsApp to chat with other WhatsApp users for free. The service supports free text messaging with your mobile phone number, as well as voice and video chat. In addition, you can put your contacts into groups to participate in group conversations.

With a large and active user base, WhatsApp is one of the most widely used alternatives to the standard texting apps.

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Facebook messenger

What do we like?

  • Messenger’s mobile app and website are very user-friendly.

  • Allows voice and video calls.

What we don’t like

  • Ongoing privacy issues with Facebook’s approach to marketing data.

  • For mobile use, you need to download the Messenger app (separate from the Facebook app).

More than 1 billion people around the world use Facebook. Facebook Messenger app supports conversations, stickers, group conversations and rich content. The app integrates with your Facebook account and you can access Messenger via the mobile app or via the well-known Facebook website on your desktop PC.

Read our Facebook Messenger review

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LINE

What do we like?

  • Offers extras such as stickers. video games and goods.

  • Integrated social networks.

What we don’t like

  • Not very well known outside Asia.

  • Flies occasionally.

The line offers many features – more than WhatsApp and Viber. In addition to the free messaging service, users can also make free calls to other users for a specified time and from anywhere in the world.

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Kik Messenger

What do we like?

  • Support for almost all platforms.

  • Lots of emoticons, stickers, drawings, images, icons and memes.

What we don’t like

  • Installation is more complicated than other messaging apps.

  • Often used as a dating app to get to know people.

Kik was developed by a team of enthusiasts and optimized for a fast and reliable app. It turns ordinary text messages into a real-time conversation. It works on several platforms and is supported on most platforms including Symbian which is quite rare.

Read our review of Kik Messenger

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viber

What do we like?

  • Widely used.

  • Applications for most mobile devices and computers.

What we don’t like

  • There is no web client.

  • Numerous notifications can be annoying.

Viber works just like KakaoTalk. It also has a huge user base of almost 200 million. It provides free text messages and free voice calls to other Viber users and supports group texting. It is available for iPhone, Android phones and BlackBerry, but not for Nokia and Symbian.

Read our Viber review

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Skype

What do we like?

  • Very popular.

  • Offers video calls, voice calls, file sharing and group messaging.

  • Great collaboration tool.

What we don’t like

  • Messaging for non-Skype users isn’t free.

  • The mobile app uses a lot of memory and can slow down your phone.

Skype, one of the original texting and calling apps, still has a huge user base. With Skype, you can chat or call other Skype users, as well as participate in group messaging and file sharing. In addition, Microsoft – the owner of Skype – offers several paid options to support sending and receiving calls to non-Skype users.

Read our Skype review

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Signal

What do we like?

  • Strong end-to-end encryption.

  • Open source, peer-reviewed and regularly updated.

What we don’t like

  • Free to Signal users only.

  • Not completely secure without adjusting specific settings.

  • Cannot be used on more than one mobile device at a time.

Signal is designed for privacy and completely encrypts messages so that no one, not even Signal employees, can read your messages. The service is designed to be used by signal users using various methods including text messaging, voice messaging, video and file sharing.

The signal is sponsored by Open Whisper Systems and has been endorsed by privacy activists, including Edward Snowden.

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limp

What do we like?

  • Easily share files.

  • Widely used in business.

  • Available for most platforms.

What we don’t like

  • After a few conversations, it can be difficult.

  • “Channels” can be confusing to some.

Originally used by programmers and people in tech-savvy office environments, Slack is an SMS client deeply rooted in the IT/technology world. Slack runs on mobile and desktop and is tightly coupled with many IT services to provide real-time notifications of automated events.

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dissonance

What do we like?

  • Does not consume many resources.

  • Provides voice communication.

  • Optimized for gamers.

What we don’t like

  • Problems with trolling and harassment.

  • No end-to-end encryption.

Discord, a free app, is optimized for PC gamers. In addition to offering apps for smartphones and desktops, Discord is designed to use low bandwidth so as not to disrupt gameplay streaming. The service provides free text and voice communications with individuals or groups who are also Discord users.

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