Since the appearance of SMS over two decades ago, texting has been the most popular way of messaging. However the number of texts sent has decreased since the appearance of free text apps and it easy to understand why. Being able to stay in touch with your friends and family without worrying about big charges or requiring a plan. We chose the best apps that allow you to communicate for free. The apps in our list stand out for their convenience, features and performance.
It is estimated that over 27 billion messages are sent per day through WhatsApp and there is a reason why this is the most popular option out there. It is available in all the major platforms (Android, iOS, Blackberry and Windows Phone) and allows users to send pictures and videos, as well as to set up group chats. WhatsApp is practical, fun and easy to use.
This is another hugely popular and user friendly app that gives you the chance of sending texts, images and videos with your contacts. Viber identifies the contacts that have the app so you can connect with them easily. Additionally, you can make VoIP calls using your mobile phone number with 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi. It is available for iOS, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone 7 and Symbian.
This app focuses in the messenger feature from Facebook, allowing users to chat fast and without any complications. This popular app counts with over 200 million users in Android and over 150 million iPhone owners use it as well. Users can stay in touch with up to 250 of your Facebook friends at the same time. It is also available for Blackberry.
Google Talk was replaced by Google Hangouts and even though some users were not impressed at first, the reality is that the change allows for a more comprehensive messaging app experience. There is free group messaging as well as videochat. Google Hangouts can still be improved but it is on the way of becoming another popular choice for Android and iOS users.
Textfree allows users to text without fees and your receiver does not even need to have the app. It is also possible to chat though Facebook and to make and receive calls for free or for a small charge. It is available for Android and iOS users