Tired of dealing with high cell phone bills every month? Call, text and data quickly racks up the bill, and with more than 100 million smartphone owners in the U.S., they’re sure to feel a little pain in their wallets. The Big Four (AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless) charge anywhere between $20 to $50 per month to get unlimited texting. But why buy the cow if the milk is free? That’s where free texting apps come in. Check out these eight free texting apps that will let you keep in touch without spending a dime.
Platforms: iOS Not every friend is a Facebook friend. Luckily, The Social Network's messaging app, Messenger, not only sends and receives Facebook messages and instant message chats, it can wrangle SMS text messages too. When a new user signs up, the app requests Facebook credentials as well as the host device's phone number. When a message recipient isn't a Facebook friend, the app texts real-life buds using the contact details saved on the phone. Totally free, too.