Texting is huge.
The average American cell phone owner sends & receives 41.5 text
messages a day, over 1,200 a month.
Try that on one of those 500 texts for $10 plans
and the overages are gonnaÃ¯Â¿Â½ nearly double your monthly bill.
You can get an unlimited
plan but here are some even better options: IÃ¯Â¿Â½m Brian Cooley with the Top 5 SMS texting
apps that are both cheaper and more fun to use, ranked by the feature sets.
#5 Google Voice
Google Voice has the least features of any IÃ¯Â¿Â½ll show you, but it does something unique: It assigns you a
separate Google Voice phone number which means you can also text people who are on dumb phones
without internet data plans and you still wonÃ¯Â¿Â½t be charged for SMS on your end.
make up for other things it canÃ¯Â¿Â½t do, like text pictures.
If youÃ¯Â¿Â½re a real heavy texter, with like 5 SMS threads doing at once, and dread that day when sluggish text
app is going to cause you to sext a photo to the boss instead of the BF, Kik is your huckleberry.
It also has single letter callouts in the little text bubbles to let you know if a text has been Sent,
Delivered, or Read.
Great for the obsessively impatient among you.
LiveProfile's interesting in that it links via your email address instead of your phone number making it great if
use as many phones as you send texts: Log in via your email address on any of them and your messages
and contacts follow you.
Also lets you post your text to Twitter or FB, but doesnÃ¯Â¿Â½t offer group chat, which 3 of
our 5 do.
#2 Ping Chat
has the Group Chat that LiveProfile is missing, but also letÃ¯Â¿Â½s you text pictures while sharing you
location and integrating your social networks, because the stalkers union called and theyÃ¯Â¿Â½re demanding an
This is an ad supported app though and no clean paid version as of this moment.
Before we get to our #1 SMS text alternative, letÃ¯Â¿Â½s get a little reality check on this idea that Ã¯Â¿Â½everyoneÃ¯Â¿Â½s
texting instead of callingÃ¯Â¿Â½.
No, weÃ¯Â¿Â½re actually doing tons of both.
The latest numbers from the Pew Internet
and American life survey shows that the more you text the more you call.
But the more a person texts, the
more they prefer to be contacted that way, so take a hint and STOP CALLING ME!.
It has just about every major feature going for it, send pictures, send video, share audio, lots of appearance
customization to keep you phone fetishists from getting all sweaty and nervous that your phone isnÃ¯Â¿Â½t cooler
And you can password protect that conversation between you and Mrs.
But note that
Kakao is avail on the fewest platforms, just iPhone and Android as of todayÃ¯Â¿Â½s shoot.
All the others add either
BlackBerry or Windows phones support.
For the full details on todayÃ¯Â¿Â½s great text apps check out Nicole CozmaÃ¯Â¿Â½s piece on CNET.com, weÃ¯Â¿Â½ve got a
link to it at the Top 5 page at top5.cnet.com
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