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Best Texting App Finalists

The 2013 Readers' Choice Awards on About.com

While the built-in Messages app that comes with the iPhone and iPod touch is very good, there are lots of other texting apps--free and otherwise--that offer tons of cool features. Vote for the best texting app for the iPhone and iPod touch here.

Kik Messenger
Price: Free
With Kik, you can communicate--via text, video, or image--with friends (and 30 million other users) all over the world using the app on iOS, Android, Windows, and BlackBerry. Unlike some texting apps, Kik employs a username, rather than a phone number, to let people contact you, so your privacy is maintained.
Download at iTunes
Minus
Price: Free
Minus isn't just an app for chatting with friends you already have; it also helps you make new friends located near you geographically. When you find nearby users, you can chat, send photos, and create a profile. Minus only updates your location when you open the app, not at all times, so your privacy is maintained until you want to meet people.
Download at iTunes
Tango
Price: Free
Over 90 million people around the world use Tango to send texts, videos, and pictures, and make phone calls. The app works on 3G/4G and Wi-Fi. You can personalize photos, calls, and texts with filters, effects, and graphics. Some come with the app; expansion packs can be purchased within the app.
Download at iTunes
WhatsApp
Price: $0.99
WhatsApp is a one-stop-shop for all kinds of messaging with your friends and family. Besides sending text messages, it also lets you send picture, audio, and video messages to anyone who has the app on iOS, Android, BlackBerry, Windows Phone, or Nokia devices. And, since it works on both Wi-Fi and 3G/4G, you never have to worry about being out of touch.
Download at iTunes

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3. Voting runs from Feb. 19 through 11:59 pm ET March 19, 2013. (The voting in any or all award categories may be audited for voting irregularities, so winners are not final until the official announcement.)

Results

Winners will be announced March 27. There's no prize -- just the bragging rights that come with getting recognized by the readers of one of the biggest networks on the web.

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