Tap That App: The best free messaging apps
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Tap That App: The best free messaging apps

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We'll show you Kik, GroupMe, and Beluga for iOS and Android phones so you can make your Blackberry Messenger friends jealous.

-Hey guys! Welcome to Tap That App. I am Brian Tong and this is the show where we cover the hottest apps in the mobile space. Now, if there's one feature or service I wish I have on my phone, it's BlackBerry Messenger and it has pretty much kept many people on the platform, but what if you have an iPhone or an Android phone. We'll have a few apps that work on both platforms and will give you similar functionality. But even better than that, they are all free. Now, the first app is Kik Messenger. The app gives you one-on-one real time messaging with another person just like BBM. It works cross-platform with Android and iPhone users but not BlackBerry users. Now, best of all, it doesn't use any of your text messages because it's all done through the app and push notifications tell you when someone messages you. Now, the next app is called GroupMe. This app is different because it allows you to create a group with multiple people. Group members can text through one single number and share photos and it's also unique because you can call that number to instantly start a conference call. It's also a free app for both the iPhone and Android phones, but the downside is that it uses your text messages from your cellphone plan. So, basically, it's an app that facilitates group texting better. Now, if you're looking for the best group messaging app, check out Beluga as in a Beluga whale. You can create groups here called pods. It's real-time communication with everyone in the group. You can post photos and you can also see where other pod members are located. Push notifications tell you when there's a new message, and because everything is done in the app, it's absolutely free. There are no text message charges and this is my favorite app of the bunch. So there you have it, 3 real-time messaging apps that won't make you jealous of BlackBerry users anymore. And if you guys have any other apps or dance moves you'd like to see, send us along an e-mail to tapthatapp@cnet.com. I'm Brian Tong. Thanks for watching. We'll see you guys next time.

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