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Best Texting App Finalists

The 2012 Readers' Choice Awards on About.com

The winners have been announced. Find out who won here.

Textfree Voice + VM
Developer: Pinger Inc.
Price: Free
The traditional unlimited iPhone texting plan from phone companies costs around $20/month. Textfree Voice + VM saves you that $20 by letting you send texts and place calls over Wi-Fi for free. While that's a pretty great value on the iPhone, it's even better on the iPod touch since it and other apps like it allow you to text directly to phones. This version even adds free voicemail.
Download at iTunes
Developer: Gogii Inc.
Price: Free
Another app that can save you hundreds a year by replacing your phone-company offered text messaging plan. textPlus allows you to send texts to other devices running the app or to any phone number in the U.S. or Canada for free. You can alos send group texts, picture messages, and leave voice notes for other users. In-app purchases allow you to add features and customizations to your app.
Download at iTunes
Text Me!
Developer: TextMe Inc.
Price: Free
Another free texting app that can save you hundreds. Text Me offers unlimited text and picture messaging to phone numbers in the U.S., Canada, and 40 other countries. It also lets you receive voicemails, chat with friends, and send or read texts from the web as well as from your iPhone or iPod touch. Customize the look of the app and use hundreds of emoji options to spice up your texts.
Download at iTunes
WhatsApp Messenger
Developer: WhatsApp Inc.
Price: $0.99
Like the other apps on this list, WhatsApp Messenger offers free texting over a 3G or Wi-Fi connection. It lets you communicate with your friends who also have the app and use iOS, Android, BlackBerry, or Nokia phones. Besides text messages, it supports picture, audio, and video messages as well.
Purchase at iTunes

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