In December, the SMS turned 20 years old. Over those two decades, texting became the dominate form of messaging, until now. CTIA, the wireless association, recently announced that Americans sent 5 percent fewer texts during the last year. So why the drop? There are compelling free apps that let you go around your carrier’s fees.
Take the incredibly popular WhatsApp, which is now handling 27 billion messages per day. You can send images and video, as well as group chat with ease across every major smarpthone platform. Other options include Facebook Messenger and Viber, both of which let you make free voice calls. To help you pick the right free messaging app, we tested six options and evaluated them based on design, features and performance.
WhatsApp is the No. 1 paid social networking app for iOS and the No. 5 free communications app on Google Play, with more than 200 million monthly active users. The cross-platform app is also available for BlackBerry and Windows Phone. With all these users downloading the messaging app to group chat and send photos and videos -- without incurring texting fees -- is WhatsApp worth the hype? Yes, and here's why.
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