What is this "textfree" app all about?

Discussion in 'iOS Apps' started by Eggtastic, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. Eggtastic macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2009
    Im hearing about this from a few people. Is it possible to cancel my texting account on ATT and just get this app?
  2. CocoaPuffs macrumors 68010

    Aug 23, 2008
    Better off with beejives, which you can send SMS using AIM.
  3. bengtc macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2008
    I too would like to know about user experiences with this app
  4. kicko macrumors 65816

    Aug 26, 2008
    texting from AIM is not really the best i think. You get a retarded "this has been sent from AIM " maybe someother junk. I sent one to myself one and its not clear enough for my taste.

    textfree is a lot cleaner it has

    FRM:your name
    MSG: yo what up girl

    much easier and not BS added AIM tags

    you can just select from your contacts and text just as if it was the regular phone SMS service

    plus does AIM have landscape? and a unique address your contacts can send a text to you without have you send one 1st? yourname@textfree.us

    with push notifications i cant see how AT&T will be will make anymore money off texts. If all or most contacts are on IM apps you can also send pics or still standard email... who cares about MMS
  5. iluvrobot macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2009
    I tried it with my VX8550 and my iPhone and the two were able to exchange texts through this program pretty seamlessly. It sends the message to my VX8550 which is not using textfree from an 8 digit number (which remains the same in my experience). That would make it easier to add this 8 digit number as a contact in a non-iPhone.

    I wouldn't rely on it for my main texting, however. When I used textfree with my iPod touch, it never sent the messages to my phone.
  6. joekun macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2005
    I own Beejive and have been using it for texting for quite some time now. I like the app a lot, but last week when txtfree was available with push and beejive wasn't I downloaded the free version of txtfree (which lets you txt up to 15 times a day though I'm not sure if this is only outgoing or both). I have to say that txtfree has some advantages.

    The main problem with beejive is that it only allows you to remain logged in for up to 24 hours (and I find I'm often logged out earlier than that), so if someone sends you a message and you're logged out of their server you WILL NOT get a push notification. Txtfree doesn't seem to have this limitation, and that's a big deal. Txtfree is also cheaper, and as has been pointed out before provides a pretty clean message to the other user. I had to change my AIM username so that people could more clearly see who the message was from.

    Beejive does, and that was the program being referred to.
  7. jwtseng macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2004
    I've been trying out the Textfree app for the last week, too. Works well. I like how you can "register" your real phone number with Pinger, so that people can text you via your real cell number.

    But how does this work? What if I decide to stop using Textfree and revert to an official AT&T txt messaging plan in the future? Will texting to my number be re-routed to the normal texting app?
  8. jnguyen4 macrumors 6502


    Aug 27, 2006
    this only option only works for textfree to textfree customers. only they can text to your number and it goes to textfree
  9. jwtseng macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2004
    Ahhh...that makes perfect sense! Thank you for the clarification! So I guess the best that I can do is to give people the textfree.us username/email.
  10. Jamessinwest macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2009
    What I do is if someone sends me a text message it goes toward my 200 through AT&T then I reply to them through textfree. At this point, if they hit "reply" to the text message I sent them, it will go back to the textfree app, (which most people will do instead of composing a new message). If they don't then it goes back toward my 200 for AT&T and I get to yell at them the next time I see them for wasting my texts.
  11. doubleatheman macrumors 6502a


    May 27, 2009
    This is how I do it!

    I had 200 before and went through them like mad and have some overages! I simply refuse to pay $15 a month for some TEXT data transfer.... lol.

    I have had zero problems with text free other than my friends with att go phones cant reply to the text free messages....

    everyone else works fine...

    Also once MMS comes out my 200 messages will be reserved for that... and for the few people whom still havent caught on to me using text free,

    95% of the time if you reply to them using text free they don't notice you have sent them a message back that's form a different service, and they hit reply and off you go into text free land!

    TBH i think this app only has a few more months to it before apple or att pulls the plug... free texting on att's network... its not gonna happen.

    Do not cancel your texting plan, just reduce it to the 200 per month plan.
  12. joekun macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2005
    I just found out that textfree has become an annual fee of $6 instead of a one time fee. That's enough to make me stick with Beejive, it works fine. I was considering textfree, but not if I have to re-up every year.
  13. aerospace macrumors 6502a

    Jun 26, 2007
    Itunes does not say anything about it being a once a year price?

    ...not a big deal though, $20/month vs $5.99/yr
  14. Luna81 macrumors newbie

    Jun 20, 2009
    So, I'm thinking about going with this...or at least trying it out. What happens when you send a text to someone on a different network? Most of my texts go to my friend who's on Verizon or Tmobile or something. Will it look to her like they're just coming from my number or???

    The rest of my texts are to my husband and back, so we'll be good with the txtfree since we both got toe iphone..
  15. Sojourn macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2007
    I was going to do this (I don't have a texting plan at all), and with push notifications, it's really like receiving texts (unlike before 3.0, when I would have had to check the app to see if I got any messages). I tested this out with a friend who has texting on his iPhone, though, and we realized that while the process is unified and seamless for me, it's not so much for the person receiving your messages.

    Every time you send a new text (even responding in the same conversation thread, to the same person, within the app), TextFree (at least the free one, which is what I was testing) sends it from a different number/code. This presents two problems. For iPhone users, they don't have a unified chat window, which is annoying. Secondly, they can't add the code your messages are coming from to your contact listing, because it keeps changing. All of this means that you need to initiate any texting interaction, before they can send one to you -- and to answer the poster below me, it doesn't come from your number, it comes from a code generated from the app (something like 2012001).

    I bought BeeJive yesterday, and so far, have been loving it (the UI, overall, is great, and it's a lot faster to load than TextFree). I haven't tested out these issues to see if they're the same IMing from AIM via BeeJive, especially since that friend with the iPhone just got AIM with Push, and we've been talking through that. From what I've heard, though, SMSing via AIM is better for the recipient (though still not perfect) than through a program like TextFree.

    Hope this helps,
  16. DIABLOW macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2009
    There is a SMS/text free in App store "global.aq"
  17. FishBones macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2009
    it didn't work with my iTouch, I download and installed textfree twice, none of my friends say they got the message, I guess just dont rely on them for your important message.
  18. DIABLOW macrumors member

    Jun 17, 2009
    global.aq work both on my iPhone and iPod touch. You have to put + and country code when sending the SMS.

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