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From time to time I receive a text message on my cell phone. Some require a response. There are many people who are quite proficient entering text messages on their cell phone keypad. I am not one of them. I have yet to compose a message without error and damned if I can figure out how to erase. Oh well, with either my Touch or iPad nearby, texting is a simple affair. A virtual keyboard is a godsend to texters.

There is long list of texting apps in the Apple Store. Some are FREE and carry ads. Others have “Lite” versions that carry ads and are limited in the number of messages that can be sent. The ads and message restrictions are removed by paying for the app. All are only “pocket change” so your decision should be based on features and not on cost. I selected three for review and at this point I have spent no money.

Textfree Lite is ad supported and allows up to 15 messages per day. Registering with textfree willow you to choose a user name to which text messages can be sent via email, e.g. user@textfree.us’ Upgrading to the paid version for $5.99 not only removes the ads and restrictions but gives you an actual phone number for friends to use when you are not online. And when you are online, the add features “push notifications” so you get an alert if your running something else.

TextNow Lite will allow 30 messages a day for FREE. If you buy the paid version you can have an email address for texts. The pricing of this app is a bit odd. Buying the app for 99 cents gets you 3 months of service. After that the service costs either $3.99 a year or $7.99 for a lifetime.

Finally we take a look at TextPlus. TextPlus is ad supported until you pay the $2.99 purchase price. There are no restrictions on the number of messages. It has a “group texting” feature that allows you to specify groups of individuals to text simultaneously. This should be very useful to crew leaders and committee chairmen. The app also features an SMS “shortcode”. Friends not using the service or not currently online can send a text to 60611 with YOUR TextPlus user name or the name of one of your groups to begin a dialog. Push notifications are supported.

Do you want a recommendation? For myself keeping TextPlus installed is a no-brainer. It’s a recent entry and might not be free forever. The ads are not annoying. I’m also keeping Textfree Lite installed. I like the ability to have text emailed to me and I don’t need to buy the app to have it.

Happy Texting!

7 thoughts on “Texting On The iPhone And iPad – A Few Apps

  1. Reply Rachel Price Jun 17,2010 1:48 am

    iPad is way too cool to own, i wanna buy one next month.~-‘

  2. Reply Jasmine Ward Jul 23,2010 10:23 am

    my girlfriend is going to give me an ipad on my birthday this month..”-

  3. Reply Layla Collins Sep 9,2010 11:45 am

    i gave my girlfriend an ipad and she was very very happy-~~

  4. Reply Electric Griddle ` Oct 12,2010 12:23 am

    iPad is a bit expensive, i just hope that they could reduce the cost of that gadget*:;

  5. Reply Network Security : Oct 24,2010 3:36 am

    i am really dying to buy an iPad but it is so damn exepnsive in my opnion::’

  6. Reply Digital Multimeter Dec 16,2010 12:12 am

    my ipad have some display problems and i cannot fix the damn thing ,*:

  7. Reply Blair Sep 12,2011 5:47 am

    Hey there! Don’t you use Twitter? I’d want to follow you if that might be all right. I sure am absolutely enjoying your blog and expect new content.

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