011Overview

I want to get your full attention, because you don’t want to miss this amazing tidbit. How would you like to send and receive text messages using your GoogleVoice number? What if I told you that those text messages would not count against your messaging plan or that you don’t even need a messaging plan? What if I also told you those text messages would be unlimited and free? Well, you can have of that and a little bit more if you check out Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free! by Ting Interactive.   I have to admit, I’m not a texting guru but I couldn’t wait to play around with Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free!.   It is actually pretty cool, it was developed so well that it could have been baked in as a part of the iPhone and iPod Touch platform and no one would have been the wiser. Without a doubt, anyone who has ever sent a text message would be interested in Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free!. But, college students on tight budgets would really benefit from Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free!. What could be more economical than paying a one time app purchase price $4.99 for unlimited texting?  I bet you are thinking, “Turra, all of that that sounds great but tell me more about the Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free! “ Alrighty then, let’s take it for a test drive.012

Features

Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free! is a full featured unlimited text messaging app. You use Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free! instead of the text messaging functionality delivered with the iPhone UI. What’s also great about Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free! is it brings texting to the iPod Touch because it works on Wi-Fi as well. So, yes iPod Touch users can get in on the texting action as well.
If you can send a text message you can use Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free! without a problem.

Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free! features:

  • The ability to set tones for a specific conversation
  • Customizable tones for texting contacts
  • Emoticons
  • Texting backgrounds
  • UI Themes
  • Google Voice integration
  • Uses either 3G and Wi-Fi
  • Uses iPhone/iPod Touch contacts

008The Breakdown

No app is perfect. I like to look at the breakdown of the good and the bad as away of telling you what makes an app like Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free! worth the money, time, and effort. Now, let’s get into it and breakdown Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free!.

The Good

What’s not good about getting unlimited texting and kicking your carriers messaging plan to the curb. If you get the giggles from sticking it to the man, then you’ll giggle 24/7 using Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free!.  I know GoogleVoice some how has AT&T and Apple kicking themselves, so the ability to send texts from your GooogleVoice number adds a little happy dance to my giggles.   The instructions for integrating Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free! with GoogleVoice is on the developer’s website. Also, as a woman I dig the ability to integrate with GoogleVoice because I can text without giving out my real mobile number.

The Bad

You need to be aware that you cannot send photos or MMS messages with Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free!, it is strictly a SMS based messaging. I know a lot of you really like the fact that we finally have the ability to send MMS messages on the iPhone now, I know I do. So, if you really need MMS messaging you won’t be able to dump your carriers plan.

I don’t think this is really a bad thing but you need to understand that your information goes through their servers. That’s how you get unlimited texting for the cost of Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free!.  So you need to be aware that if you are texting the CIA some state secrets you depend on Textnow’s security just like you depend on AT&T’s or T Mobile’s security. I used to have a huge hangup about security in this area until I realized that most of my text messages were about where to meet friends for drinks.

This isn’t really a bad either but you also have to remember to always remember to start Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free! to send a text rather than starting up the delivered functionality. Oh, and your texting buddies will have to always reply to the messages you send from your Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free! account, other than that it is seamless to your texting partners.

009Comparison

There are quite a few texting apps out there and they usually vary a little in cost and whether they can be used over 3G or not, because there are some that are Wi-Fi only. So, as always  read the descriptions in the App Store before you buy. But, if you have your eye on Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free! you don’t have to worry because it uses both 3G and Wi-Fi.   Beyond that you’ll find what distinguishes texting apps from each other the most is UI.  Some of them may have more themes, different emoticons, more backgrounds and the ability to download backgrounds and stuff like that.   Aside from that the things you’ll want to consider while you are comparing other apps to Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free! are 3G vs Wi-Fi connectivity, usability, and footprint along with cost.

The Verdict

If you want an unlimited texting without the high priced carrier based texting plans, then Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free! is the app for you. It is that plain and simple. I had a lot of fun using Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free!, it has features that I wished Apple baked into their delivered texting functionality.  Plus, if you are a GoogleVoice user you’ll want Textnow Unlimited SMS – send unlimited texts free! even if you keep your carriers plan because of  GoogleVoice integration because it will get you one step closer to the all-in-one number solution.