Sure, people still use it, but there are a slew of apps that go way beyond it, offering easy multimedia functions, group chats, video calls, gaming and much more.Beyond being SMS replacements, these apps are essentially ‘SMS+’ — to coin a phrase uttered to me recently by the founder of a messaging company.
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Whats App needs little introduction since it is arguably the world’s most popular messaging app, with more than 300 million people using it each month.
Simplicity is at the core of the service, to the point that even the least-tech-savvy of folks — such as mums, dads, grandmas and granddads — should be able to send text messages, photos and voice messages.
The service costs $0.99 for a one-year subscription — although it is free for the first year — and it supports a wide range of phones.
Pros: Simple to use and popular enough that most of your friends may have it installed already.
Cons: While it isn’t expensive, it isn’t free, and it lacks the more sophisticated features which may appeal to some people. Download: i OS | Android | Windows Phone | Black Berry | Others As the name suggests, Group Me is dedicated to group messaging.
Users can share text-based chats, photos, videos and more across the service, which is available on a range of mobile platforms and also for the desktop.
Group Me — which is actually owned by Skype, another app on our list, keeps things simple.