Hey what's up everyone? I've been researching free texting apps for my iphone 3G, and these three seemed to be most popular/common alternatives to paying for texting. As far as I can tell, each of these lets you SEND texts for free, no problem. TextFree seems the best as the "display name" shows up as whatever you want, and the person on the other end can reply easily. I saw a video using Text+ and when you send a message, the first thing the person sees is not your display name, rather, "60611", and only after they open the message to read it, do they see your display name. And after that, to reply, they have to start the text by entering "T6", which I think could confuse some people, and so this one seems like the most confusing of the three for the recipient of texts. AIM sends fine, and I registered a screenname that is in the format of First name, last name, and my favorite number, e.g. JohnSmith12, so I think it should be recognizable. Now, the main problem seems to be RECEIVING texts when the other person is the one who INITIATES the texting conversation. As far as I can tell, TextFree lets you register a email with them, so something like JohnSmith12@textfree.us or whatever it is, and that is the address for others to text in order to initiate conversation without me being charged a regular SMS. Problem I read with this is some phones don't allow people to text to emails? How common is that these days with newer phones? Even the basic ones should be able to text to an email, yes? For Text+, they don't offer any solution for initiating conversation, other then the person replying to the last text you sent them and replying from there. For AIM, I wasn't sure, as I couldn't find anything. Any way people can initiate a text conversation with me, assuming they don't have AIM, and just regular SMS? I seemed to conclude that TextFree seems like the best, although you can only send 15 messages a day for the free app, which can be of course limiting. However, at least there is a way for the other person to initiate conversation with you and not have you be charged like Text+ would, and again, not sure how it works with AIM. Am I understanding all this correctly? Is there any way/app/whatever that someone could initiate texts with me that doesn't include texting an email, that possibly just reroutes what would have went to the stock SMS, but instead goes to the free app? My preference would be to figure out AIM, as I like how it's free to send as many as possible, doesn't have that "60611" or reply confusion; but doesn't seem like a way to initiate texts from their end without me getting charged. I wish I could tell the person I texted to just save my screenname or whatever and just text to that... Thanks for your help and time everyone!!