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Amazon.com has promised to make a paid app free every day in the Amazon Appstore, and today’s app is textPlus GOLD Free Text + Group Text.
textPlus GOLD Free Text + Group Text doesn’t appear to be in the Android Market, but there is textPlus Free + Unlimited 1:1. In Amazon Appstore, it is priced at $2.99.
textPlus GOLD Free Text + Group Text is described as follows:
Break away from your mobile carrier’s texting limitations and keep an open dialogue with your friends–for free. GOGII, the makers of TextPlus Gold, believe in the importance of staying connected with friends and family– so much, in fact, that they’re willing to pay for it.
May the Future of Free Texting Begin
The thought of texting for free is liberating, no doubt, but textPlus Gold offers much more than savings. This app presents unique texting opportunities, enhancing and expanding text conversations. After registering and getting your free texting phone number, you’ll be able to invite multiple friends into existing text conversations, create and join texting communities, meet new friends, and text from anywhere in the world, free of charge.
The Group Text Revolution
The more the merrier! A group text is a conversation among three or more people. To start one, just invite friends into your conversation. Add friends to a group text easily, and at any time. Your friends can participate in group texting conversations on any mobile device, and they don’t need to have textPlus Gold.
Once an invite into a chat room is accepted (via text, of course), all participants will see every response; for friends without the app, however, standard texting charges will apply. With group text capabilities, staying connected and keeping your clique tight is just made easier.
Communities of Liberated Texters
Free texting means an abundance of texting, so connect with new people with similar interests and spark up a conversation. A Community is a chat room for like-minded texters. Tap the Communities tab to search for existing communities, or just create your own. Form a private community and invite just your friends or create a public one and welcome fellow texters from all over the world.
Integrating textPlus Gold into Your Texting Routine
Enable the alert feature from within the app for instant text notifications. This allows you to receive notifications and pop-up windows outside of the app, ensuring that you won’t miss a message. If you choose, you may set textPlus Gold as the default texting app. When you receive a notification, your phone will automatically take you to the textPlus app rather than your standard messaging program.
Please note that textPlus Gold does not replace texting capabilities using your regular phone number. You can still text using that number; however, standard texting charges will apply according to your carrier’s texting plan.
- Unlimited free texting with your textPlus Gold phone number
- Three-way or Group texting
- Free texts to and within the U.S. and Canada
- Free app-to-app messaging anywhere in the world
- SMS (text) and MMS (pics) capable
- Instant notifications and quick-reply pop ups
- Access to chat Communities and the ability to create your own
- Notes on Permissions from the Developer
- Your Personal Info
- textPlus retrieves your contacts to provide a better overall user experience.
Services That Cost You Money
When using your native SMS inbox from within the app, you will be charged according to your regular SMS plan. For free an unlimited texts, use only textPlus and not the native SMS inbox. TextPlus traffic also uses data which may result in carrier charges if you are not on an unlimited data plan.
textPlus has integrated support for SMS Messages and the ability to integrate your native inbox SMS messages into the textPlus app to make it more convenient to access both native message inbox and textPlus.
All textPlus API are through the web, which requires internet. This is also required by C2DM (Android Push) as well.
textPlus conveniently pre-populates your e-mail address. Account information is also necessary for Android (C2DM) to push notifications.
textPlus has a local SQLite database and caches images for better UX. The app uses the device’s local storage to cache images, which in turn speeds up the performance of the app.
textPlus allows users to conveniently start a phone call directly from a phone number link within an SMS message.
textPlus allows the user to set textPlus as their preferred text application.
textPlus Free + Unlimited 1:1 has a 4-star rating in the Android Market. textPlus GOLD Free Text + Group Text has a 2.5-star rating in the Amazon Appstore. Why such a bad rating? Most of the complaints are that you can simply use Google Voice on Android smartphones if you want free texting. However, that doesn’t apply to Honeycomb (Android 3.x) tablets like the Motorola Xoom. There is a hacked version of Google Voice that works on those tablets, but no official version, as yet. In addition, the app works on wi-fi only devices and tablets. And this app is free, at least for today.