View Poll Results: What's your favorite way to text/SMS?

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  • I use the iPhone Messaging app

    43 79.63%
  • TextNow (blue/white icon; AppStore)

    2 3.70%
  • textPlus+ (green icon; AppStore)

    0 0%
  • TextFree (white icon with two bubbles; AppStore)

    0 0%
  • biteSMS (pink or two bubbles; JB app)

    2 3.70%
  • iRealSMS (green; JB app)

    1 1.85%
  • I use an IM Messaging client (AIM, Live, Google, Y!)

    2 3.70%
  • Other (please specify)

    4 7.41%
  1. Crunch's Avatar
    So I've downloaded at least a half a dozen of these texting apps, both from the AppStore, and a couple of them are Jailbreak apps.

    Is it really a good idea to "switch" to one of these in order to save money by not having to pay any texting plans? I don't mind using them, but I would like it to display my number, although texting without the number can have its appeal as well, if you want to stay anonymous I suppose. Then there are the Instant Messaging clients, which basically do the same thing. Call me old-fashioned, but IM'ing does not replace SMS texting IMHO. I definitely would switch to one of the SMS apps, though.

    Alright, please vote for your favorite way to text with the iPhone, and maybe include as to what method you prefer, and as to why you would recommend it over other options.

    This should be interesting.
    Last edited by CrunchDude; 01-16-2010 at 07:00 AM.
    01-16-2010 06:45 AM
  2. Alli's Avatar
    Texting and instant messaging are similar, but different. You're right on that. You simply can't replace one with the other. Texting apps are ok if you're willing to (usually) use a separate number to give your friends to use - which puts a burden on them and defeats the ease of sms/mms.

    My IM and SMS contacts are totally different. I have a large number of IM contacts, many of whom I would never ever allow to have my personal phone number.

    Just use SMS/MMS the way it was intended.
    01-16-2010 07:54 AM
  3. Tramain's Avatar
    Texting and instant messaging are similar, but different. You're right on that. You simply can't replace one with the other. Texting apps are ok if you're willing to (usually) use a separate number to give your friends to use - which puts a burden on them and defeats the ease of sms/mms.

    My IM and SMS contacts are totally different. I have a large number of IM contacts, many of whom I would never ever allow to have my personal phone number.

    Just use SMS/MMS the way it was intended.
    Same here, I just use the regular way to SMS!
    01-16-2010 07:57 AM
  4. Brickman's Avatar
    I probably use IM and SMS about the same amount through out a typical day. I use BeeJive which has "push" so I get my IMs very quickly. Seems to be as reliable as SMS for the people that I use it with. Of course, I am not a heavy texter.

    I tried some of the apps like Text+ and while they are fine and do save you money they can become cumbersome, IMO. I also have tried some of the iPhone to iPhone apps like WhatsApp, iMessenger, Ping, pMessenger and others. WhatsApp is still my favorite followed by pMessenger.
    01-16-2010 08:08 AM
  5. iquinn's Avatar
    I use Yahoo IM More then then I use the actual native SMS app, that said I love the way the native app handles SMS and MMS.
    01-16-2010 06:51 PM
  6. iquinn's Avatar
    Texting and instant messaging are similar, but different. You're right on that. You simply can't replace one with the other. Texting apps are ok if you're willing to (usually) use a separate number to give your friends to use - which puts a burden on them and defeats the ease of sms/mms.

    My IM and SMS contacts are totally different. I have a large number of IM contacts, many of whom I would never ever allow to have my personal phone number.

    Just use SMS/MMS the way it was intended.
    Very well said I have no issue posting my yahoo iquinn23 if anyone wants to geek chat, but I would never give out my number.
    01-16-2010 06:52 PM
  7. Crunch's Avatar
    (...)Texting apps are ok if you're willing to (usually) use a separate number to give your friends to use - which puts a burden on them and defeats the ease of sms/mms.

    My IM and SMS contacts are totally different. I have a large number of IM contacts, many of whom I would never ever allow to have my personal phone number. (...)
    Very well put! I also like the iPhone messaging app, but I miss the character counter, which biteSMS, for instance, integrates into the native client very effectively. I can also appreciate your point in that I would not want most of my IM "buddies" to have my cell number.

    Having said that, I text internationally quite frequently, and I would like to know if anyone can steer me to a reliable texting app. The 100 texts app that AT&T offers makes limited financial sense, and only if you send a particular amount of text messages each month.

    As far as the convenience factor is concerned, two of all the SMS apps I listed offered to "register" my number, which I consider fairly important, so as not to inconvenience my SMS contacts.

    I guess I'll try them all out to see what my texts look like when sent from each of those apps. lol...Any add'l suggestions would be very welcome.

    Thanks again!
    01-16-2010 09:53 PM
  8. Alli's Avatar
    I have been enjoying WhatsApp for messaging my iPhone owning contacts, and their BB version is almost done, so you would only have to worry about texting your friends who are still using feature phones, or some of those other things like...Android or WebOS devices.
    01-17-2010 12:26 AM
  9. rstark18's Avatar
    I have tried a few SMS apps and for me the best one BY FAR is TextNow. I have it linked to my Google Voice number. I haven't had any complaints from people that I text.
    01-17-2010 05:40 PM
  10. willthetech's Avatar
    Funny this thread came up today, my friends and i are trying to find and app that will be close to BBM (blackberry messenger), mostly the group chat option. for 3 weeks now we had try a lot of apps including, text plus, imessanger, whats app, conctd, flow chat, beejive, ebuddie, palringo, ace messanger, fring and so far the only one that we like is yak. its free and you can add people to the conversation and keep the conversation alive for weeks. i do wish what's app will bring these features in t he future and do the multiplatform thing so we can communicate with other non-iphone users.
    01-17-2010 06:26 PM
  11. Dementius's Avatar
    So I've downloaded at least a half a dozen of these texting apps, both from the AppStore, and a couple of them are Jailbreak apps.

    Is it really a good idea to "switch" to one of these in order to save money by not having to pay any texting plans? I don't mind using them, but I would like it to display my number, although texting without the number can have its appeal as well, if you want to stay anonymous I suppose. Then there are the Instant Messaging clients, which basically do the same thing. Call me old-fashioned, but IM'ing does not replace SMS texting IMHO. I definitely would switch to one of the SMS apps, though.

    Alright, please vote for your favorite way to text with the iPhone, and maybe include as to what method you prefer, and as to why you would recommend it over other options.

    This should be interesting.
    I use the biteSMS option however I don't use their service for messages. So basically it works as kind of a cover over my native messaging app. I just love the quick reply feature and ability to have both privacy when the message notification comes up and the ability to see it without opening the messaging app (just touch on it and the words appear) Also love the pictures by contacts in the messaging list and ability to see timestamps on every single message instead of random ones.
    01-17-2010 11:06 PM
  12. sting7k's Avatar
    The vast majority of my friends have regular-*** phones so default messaging app for texting.
    01-17-2010 11:45 PM
  13. hanguk9117's Avatar
    I use the iphone messaging app. after voting in the poll, its clear that is the preferred way.
    01-18-2010 12:57 PM
  14. BreakingKayfabe's Avatar
    I just use the native SMS app. I use SMS themes from my jailbreak and also a
    character counter. So that's all I need. I'm not enamored with any of the 3rd
    party apps at all.
    01-18-2010 02:55 PM
  15. Hack-My-i's Avatar
    i chose OTHER:
    how can u forget about beejive IM from app store...thats what i use and LOVE IT!
    01-18-2010 03:48 PM
  16. drian's Avatar
    I use the biteSMS option however I don't use their service for messages. So basically it works as kind of a cover over my native messaging app. I just love the quick reply feature and ability to have both privacy when the message notification comes up and the ability to see it without opening the messaging app (just touch on it and the words appear) Also love the pictures by contacts in the messaging list and ability to see timestamps on every single message instead of random ones.
    How do you get the timestamp for each message???


    edit: just looked it up and found out

    I never knew that! Awesome! Why can't apple think of these things!!!!!!!
    01-18-2010 05:20 PM
  17. milani's Avatar
    For the most part I use the phone messaging app. On occasion I will use the Facebook app or Skype, but that's only if someone happens to be online at the same time that I am. I have never come close to using all of my text messages in any given month, so I haven't had much incentive to try any of the third party options like Ping! (though I do still have it, just in case).
    01-18-2010 07:11 PM
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    01-18-2010 09:05 PM
  19. Crunch's Avatar
    i chose OTHER:
    how can u forget about beejive IM from app store...thats what i use and LOVE IT! [...] edit: just looked it [timestamp addon] up and found out

    I never knew that! Awesome! Why can't apple think of these things!!!!!!!
    That's because Apple is, notoriously and almost by definition with the iPhone's, a control freak. Remember no cut/copy/paste? Remember no landscape typing? Remember not being able to send an MMS. hahah....Luckily, we now have OS 3.1 and Jailbreak.

    By the same token, however, I respect anyone who can make money. Steve Jobs is a genius. Artificially withholding very basic and obvious functionality that a $50 cellphone has been able to do for years and years, and at the same time, having people line up in front of his stores, and watching his iPhone gobble up billions of dollars, euros, pounds, yen, etc., is quite stunning. He probably knows right now what the iPhone will look like in three years from now, featuring maybe LTE 7.2...Gbps. He's made a lot of people rich, too, with the Apple stock now well over 200 in its exponential ascent.

    Kidding aside, I sincerely hope that he'll be around and healthy to enjoy all of this.

    As for BeeJive IM, that would go into the IM app category, and yes, it's awesome. I bought my license when it was on sale. For would-be Jailbreakers, Push notification is great and everything, but it's so much more convenient when you can multitask it.


    I use the biteSMS option however I don't use their service for messages. So basically it works as kind of a cover over my native messaging app. I just love the quick reply feature and ability to have both privacy when the message notification comes up and the ability to see it without opening the messaging app (just touch on it and the words appear) Also love the pictures by contacts in the messaging list and ability to see timestamps on every single message instead of random ones.
    Agreed. On all counts! I just noted in another thread how seamlessly and flawlessly the integration of both Apple's and Cydia's respective app stores, and both of its settings/add-ons/plug-ins, work without so much as one hiccup. That's how it's been for me anyway. With the 3GS's app memory at 256MB (double over the 3G model), I've run both app stores in the back, along with Beejive, while skipping through 8 open tabs of Safari. Now that's serious multitasking, and the iPhone can do it. Effortlessly.
    01-18-2010 10:57 PM
  20. DainBramage1's Avatar
    I have tried a few SMS apps and for me the best one BY FAR is TextNow. I have it linked to my Google Voice number. I haven't had any complaints from people that I text.
    I've been testing TextNow for a couple weeks. I like that it can tie to my Google Voice number, but won't love it until it supports MMS.
    01-19-2010 03:43 AM
  21. Hack-My-i's Avatar
    beejive IM has saved me about $60 the passed 3 months

    ppl wonder how i only pay $63/ month lol
    01-19-2010 02:21 PM
  22. smileyboy's Avatar
    I think I'm going to give THE GOOGLE VOICE OPTION a try
    01-21-2010 02:16 PM
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