textPlus: Text Messaging for iPod Touch and iPhone

Text+ LogoThere are some iPod Touch users that want to use their device as their main port of communication, and with many social networking and communication apps available on the App Store, this can become an easy reality. One of these applications, textPlus by GOGII, allows you to send text messages (over WiFi) for free. More on textPlus works and my review after the break…

What is textPlus

textPlus is a free application on the App Store that allows you to send unlimited text messages to SMS enabled phones over WiFi for free. Sounds too good to be true? Well, its mostly true with some asterisks. For one, you can only text to phones on certain carriers. And while most major US carriers are supported, carriers like metroPCS, Cricket, and basically every carrier outside the US is current not supported by textPlus, leaving out lots of people from the fun. You will also notice that this app has some advertisements on it. This is because the services itself is ad-supported, which helps keep everything free.

How to use textPlus

The first thing you will have to do in textPlus is make a username that your friends and contacts can recognize, which is important because text messages are sent from the GOGII server (60611) and not from your cellular telephone number. Once that is set up, you can compose standard text messages and send them to people in your contacts, and or to a 10-digit cell number. Text conversations will appear in a similar fashion to the iPhone’s SMS app.

Since your cell phone number is not required, people receiving texts from a person using the textPlus app will receive texts from 60611 (GOGII) with your username, message body, and instructions on how to reply back to textPlus. Typically, to reply, you have to type [a code (example: "T2")], and then your message body and send it back to number: 60611. If done right, your text should be received by textPlus.

Other Features

Push notifications is one of the features that stands out in the iPhone OS 3.0. Now, textPlus takes advantage of it, allowing you receive notifications on when you receive new texts. In addition to that, textPlus allows you to receive text notifications for textPlus on your phone, which really defeats the purpose.

Closing Thoughts

Overall, I think textPlus is a wonderful application because there virtually no catch to GOGII’s claims of free texting, and even though it’s ad-supported, personally the ads don’t really bother me much. I do wish they would let you send texts from your own personal cell number. This would, not only make the process easier, but it can also reduce the service’s dependence on ads for money.

textPlus is available on Apple’s App Store for free. [iTunes App Store Link]

Comments

drew olanoffSeptember 15th, 2009 at 5:38 pm

Thanks for the kind words and support, we’re working on some rad stuff over here and the feedback that we get from people like you and the folks who use your app is amazing!

drew olanoffSeptember 15th, 2009 at 1:38 pm

Thanks for the kind words and support, we’re working on some rad stuff over here and the feedback that we get from people like you and the folks who use your app is amazing!

AndySeptember 26th, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Thank foe all this ..!

AndySeptember 26th, 2009 at 10:43 am

Thank foe all this ..!

Mike G.October 9th, 2009 at 10:26 pm

How does someone send me a text if i dont send them one first?

Mike G.October 9th, 2009 at 6:26 pm

How does someone send me a text if i dont send them one first?

harryDecember 9th, 2009 at 3:44 am

mike, to do that you’d have enter in your phone #

harryDecember 8th, 2009 at 11:44 pm

mike, to do that you’d have enter in your phone #

DDecember 19th, 2009 at 12:54 am

Okay so if i want someone to reply to my text what type of code do they have to use? “Typically, to reply, you have to type [a code (example: "T2")], and then your message body and send it back to number: 60611.”

DDecember 18th, 2009 at 8:54 pm

Okay so if i want someone to reply to my text what type of code do they have to use? “Typically, to reply, you have to type [a code (example: "T2")], and then your message body and send it back to number: 60611.”

ChrisDecember 31st, 2009 at 12:54 pm

its good but on the ipod touch you cant go to landscape and its harder to type on the little keys. Having bigger fingers its really hard to type something correctly without hitting backspace like 50 times.

ChrisDecember 31st, 2009 at 8:54 am

its good but on the ipod touch you cant go to landscape and its harder to type on the little keys. Having bigger fingers its really hard to type something correctly without hitting backspace like 50 times.

DavidMarch 15th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

I don’t think it’s possible, but it is a very small price to pay.

DavidMarch 15th, 2010 at 6:00 pm

I don’t think it’s possible, but it is a very small price to pay.

TylerMarch 29th, 2010 at 4:43 am

My girlfriend has cricket and I don’t have a phone. Your service is was to use bit I need to get ahold of her. Any other sugestions?

TylerMarch 29th, 2010 at 12:43 am

My girlfriend has cricket and I don’t have a phone. Your service is was to use bit I need to get ahold of her. Any other sugestions?

GhostMarch 31st, 2010 at 5:14 am

your application is causing a lot of distress because people are using it to harass other people

GhostMarch 31st, 2010 at 1:14 am

your application is causing a lot of distress because people are using it to harass other people

MamaJanDecember 18th, 2010 at 1:54 pm

I agree with Ghost. My daughter has been receiving text messages from someone who is clearly NOT who they claim to be. I think that this is a prime way for Cyber creeps to harass folks.

ScottApril 27th, 2011 at 5:01 pm

There are not any valid usernames so I cannot create an account and I paid 4.99 for the gold version

JamDecember 28th, 2012 at 5:21 pm

Does the person your texting have to be a member/user of the app?



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