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Send and receive free texts

Send and receive free texts

There was a good period of time when my cellular bill was outrageous. For what I was paying, I expected to be able to communicate Mars. Once you add up the voice minutes, text minutes, cellular data, service fees, the cost of the phone, insurance AND repairs, it's just too much.

Say you want to send a billion messages per day without paying a cent out of your pocket. Who doesn't? Even though I don't think that's physically possible, I know it's theoretically possible.

Luckily, I know of an essential app that lets you it lets you send voice, picture and video messages, all for free. You'll even be able to group chat. The app uses your existing phone number and integrates automatically with your contacts list. It also lets you text for free from overseas.

Whether you or your contacts have iPhones, Android, Windows, Nokia or Symbian phones, you'll be able to use WhatsApp, the app that lets you send and receive text messages for free. That's because it's a true cross-platform, Internet-based service.

How does it work?

SMS stands for short message service. It's the standard format for sending texts over cellular networks. But if you have a smartphone, your messages could be so much more! And so much less (expensive, that is)!

This app doesn't use SMS; it sends instant messages over the Internet.

With WhatsApp, you'll be able to send instant messages, pictures, videos and voice notes or group chat without using SMS. It uses your own phone number and integrates with your contact list so you don't need a user name or PIN.

If your friends and family use standard SMS to send and receive messages, they'll still be on the hook for regular texting fees depending on their plan. But for you, almost nothing changes except your cellphone bill!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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