These mobile applications are another form of online text messaging, but instead of opening a browser you just need to open the application in your phone and send the text right away. These mobile application uses your internet data which is nearly negligible. Say if you have 100 mb of data, you can send atleast 1 million sms in such small amount of data. I don't think anything would be cheaper than this, as well as it congrates you to involving in new way of texting. So now its time to say good bye to sms and send huge texts in cost of one.
1. WHATS APP
On our list WhatsApp is the best application we have found. This application uses the same internet data that you use for emails and browsing e.t.c. The sender and the receiver must have whats app installed on their phone and they can exchange messages without paying for sms. In addition Whats app allows you to create friends groups and send multimedia files too.
Moreover it has amazing chat option which helps you text like a chat rather than opening sms again and again.
Its recommended to have a unlimited data plan in your phone to send multimedia messages.
Platform Supported : iPhone, Blackberry, Nokia S40, Symbian, Android, Windows phone
Nimbuzz is one of mine personal favorite and according to me its a must use software for your phone. It not only supports a huge varity of platforms, but also its loaded with lists of amazing features. Nimbuzz works fast as blaze and uses a very tiny part of your phone memory as it is too light for the phones. Nimbuzz uses the internet data of your phone and operates in background too if you want it to.
- Stay online and chat to friends on social networks like Facebook, MSN, yahoo, Gmail.
- Get twitter updates right onto your phone.
- Sent multimedia files like images and audio.
- Messaging to another friend having nimbuzz installed.
- Free voice calls to another nimbuzz friend.
- Chat options with loads of chat rooms online.
- Very very attractive user interface, light to use and various platform supported.
Note : It supports windows and Mac OS too so you can have messaging to and from a computer too.
Platform supported : iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Nokia, Java phones
Rocketalk is a whole new social networking experience for you within your mobile application. Not only you can connect to your friends on rocketalk but also you can search and find other peoples on rocketalk. From status updating to instant messaging and file sharing, it is loaded with every features which we find in a good social networking. Clearly it a very nice replacement to sms as you can text your friend having Rocketalk on their phone.
- Meet new peoples as chatrooms are available within application.
- Share files such as video, voice and images.
- Online competitions and prizes and unlimited browsing to Rocketalk galleries.
Platform Supported : iPhone, Android, Blackberry and Nokia Phones.
On the list next is viber which has been playing role of alternative of sms from a while. The app has a attractive user interface and the features are almost same as the applications above. The application lets you to call and text to your friend with viber installed on their phone. User can purchase VoIP credits to call on other phones to make a normal call.
- Text and Photo sharing based on user's location.
- User can create groups and send the message to 15 friends at a time.
- Special smart notification intelligence feature which lets application to show only necessary notifications creating less disturbance.
Platform Supported : iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Nokia, Bada.
The application is restricted for Apple based platforms only though is one of the best alternatives to sms. As usual application uses Internet data of the phone weather its a WiFi or a 3G connection. App is capable to share videos, pictures and links in messages. The text appears as chat thus its very easy to use the application for a longer conversation.
- Image, video and link sharing to the friend with iMessage installed of their iPhone or iPad.
- Saves messages when you are offline as well as switching chat option.
- Attractive chat interface with Apple's regular Blue and green chat message boxes.
Platform Supported : iPhone, iPad and Mac OS.
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Way2sms is another very simple app which is open source and obviously available free for phones. The application have not much features as other apps in this category but it is a very good replacement for sms. The application is very popular within India and is recommended to use if you are residing in India. As the application is light, it performs fast and very simple to learn. Application uses internet data and saves your sms charges efficiently. The user can send up to 100 messages a day using the app as well as for failed sms sending the application application sends SMS status feedback.
- Built in SMS library wit thousands of messages to choose from.
- Light and fast as well as very simple to use.
- Options to create groups and sms chat withing application.
Platform Supported : Android, Nokia.
The application is having many high level features and proves to be a very good application who are having good bandwidth on their phone. Features like Groupvideo chat, Video chat, Live texting (chat), Fring to fring call makes it pretty usable application. The application works good on smartphones, doesn't work that smoothly on cheap phones. User need to sign up on fring to start connecting with friends on fring to their phone.
Platform Supported : iPhone, Android & Nokia smartphones.
8. BLACKBERRY MESSENGER
As the name suggests, the application is strictly for blackberry phones. Blackberry Messenger (BBM) has a some very nice features such as sharing , chat and synchronize. The application has its own contact list and can be connected to any of your friends with Blackberry Messenger with them. BBM provides facility to call over BBM if you have enough data for it. There are some more applications like Wikitude, ScoreMobile, Jungu Friends e.t.c to which BBM Connects and thus became a cross platform application now.
Recently official Facebook and Twitter apps are connected to BBM thus users can now share Facebook status update, tweet, songs or apps directly to contacts through BBM.
Note : You don't need to download BBM as it is preinstalled in Blackberry phones.
Platform Supported : Blackberry
VOXOX is another amazing application for texting as supports calling, texting, chat, Facebook and much more. The application provides many unique features such as sending a busy tone to user and ringing multiple device simultaneously or in sequence. The IM feature is amazing as it supports popular social networks as Google talk, AIM, Yahoo , Facebook and more. The user can update their status right from app as well as connect and chat to Facebook friends.
The best thing about VOXOX is its VOXOX to VOXOX voice and video calling feature which are totally free and uses your internet data. The application also provides Inbound calls and voicemails.
Platform Supported : iPhone, Windows & Mac OS
Last but not the least Pinch is another application on the same list to replace the sms text messages. Supporting a variety of platform Pinch provides a load of features. The application provides facility to search friends in lot of ways like Name, Email ID, Barcode, Friend list and via Facebook and twitter.
- Group messaging.
- Real time message notifications wit message storing facility.
- Find friends near to your location as it shares your location if you want it to.
- Free sms to the contacts of phone.
Platform Supported : iPhone, Android, Blackberry, Windows Phone, Nokia, Java phones, Mobile Browsers
Summing Up :
Clearly the applications changes your way of messaging from traditional sms to text via internet. Being an interactive form of Online text messaging these applications are amazing features binded in one place and presented to user to use them in a simple hassle free way. The applications are multipurpose as they provides your gateways to all kind of social connectivity. The applications above are totally free and have option to minimize in your phone to make you online 24by7.