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Send Free Text Message on iPhone with textPlus

textPlus is a free SMS texting application for the iPhone that allows you to text via Wi-Fi, 3G or Edge. With the textPlus app, you can essentially save yourself the $5, or whatever, you are charged by your cellular provider for messaging. Moreover, if you only have an iPod touch, this app gives you a texting capability (via Wi-Fi) that will connect to any of your friends phone.

To start a text message, you simply press the little text box in the top right hand corner. You will be presented with three choices: Contacts, textPlus Address and Phone number. If you choose contacts you get your native Contacts App opening and you can choose the phone numbers of those folks you wish start a text with. Once you have added the number of folks you want from your “Contacts”, you then click on the “Compose Message” button. From there, textPlus functions similarly as any texting application you are used too.

If your friends have registered for a textPlus address, you can type that in directly allowing you both to text back and forth for free.

Also, if you just have a phone number of someone but it is not in your contacts, just enter the number directly. Moreover, you can bundle all three of these functions together for a group chat. Say, you could pick 3 folks from your contacts, enter 2 textPlus address and phone number, then when you choose compose message you will be having a group chat with all six of those folks.

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It is very fast and the GUI is similar to what you are presented with the native iPhone-messaging app. You can even set-up textPlus communities, which is basically your group lists that you want saved because you use them frequently for texting.

For those of us that do have relatives in Europe, you will no doubt be somewhat dismayed at the high rates for international SMS. But, if your relatives or friends have an iPhone and use this app, you can text them app-to-app absolutely free. This will be a huge savings and for that alone this app gets a very big thumbs-up.

Some of the settings you get with this app are the ability to turn push notification on or off and to actually set-up the notification type to be Push or regular SMS. Not sure why someone would choose regular SMS as you then would need to pay for the text as you regularly do. Also, you can choose the sound you want to hear when you receive a new text.

textPlus is a great app that is extremely easy to use and works very similar to what you are familiar with your native iPhone messaging app. The free version [iTunes link] does come with an advertisement banner but can be removed by going to the textPlus Ad-Free version for US$1.99 [iTunes link].

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12 Responses to Send Free Text Message on iPhone with textPlus

  1. WorldTexting March 20, 2010 at 9:17 am #

    Cool app and cheaper than paying for a plan assuming it stays free and no ad

    If you want to send and receive free sms online go to WorldTexting its fun and easy to use

  2. Iphone firmware March 21, 2010 at 9:24 am #

    thanks :D ive been looking for an application like this for agess!

  3. Wasi March 21, 2010 at 1:53 pm #

    Will this app allow you to send international sms to your contacts (phonebook) if they dont have an iPhone or not?? im kinda confused at that part how will that work?

  4. John Elwes March 21, 2010 at 3:50 pm #

    TextPlus seems an excellent app but I don’t it can be used by the Eoropeans. None of the European carriers are mentioned as being supported by TextPlus. For instance o2, Vodaphone etc. I think it worth mentioning whether an app is compatible for European use. Your Blogg is extemely useful in general. Many thanks.

  5. Music luver December 31, 2010 at 8:51 am #

    Does anyone know if you send a text from text plus app to a regular phone will they be charged?

    • Jorge January 13, 2011 at 10:51 am #

      For music luver
      They dont charge the phone you send the message to

  6. Music luver January 13, 2011 at 10:57 am #

    Oh ok thanks so much Jorge! I have been trying to find that out forever! Thanks! :)

    • Jorge January 13, 2011 at 11:06 am #

      Your welcome :) if you find any apps that allow international texts, well just reply back if you find any ok thanks :)

  7. Wasi January 14, 2011 at 2:10 am #

    So dis app allows you to send the app to the person that doesn’t have the iPhone and lives outside the US…

    Does that work or not….I just want to confirm that since I’m about to buy the app and also, don’t want it to be one of those apps where, if your contacts are not using the same app on the same device then in-order to send the message you will have to buy credits or wont be able to send the message.

    Please tell me about it.

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