Best Free Texting Apps 2013

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.

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  1. Kameisha Says:

    I’m looking for a text message app for my laptop. My fiancee loves to text and I hate texting, it take 20min to have a four sec conversation. Is there an app for laptops? I will like to thank you for taking the time to read this.


  2. arun pawar Says:

    free video chat software for laptop

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