TextMe, a provider of enhanced communications on mobile devices, today announced a new version of its flagship application available on the Android marketplace. TextMe is a mobile application providing users globally free text messages, short message service, or SMS, free voice calls and free video chats.
With the new Android version, TextMe is now the “first and only” full featured communication application to be available both on iOS (iPhone and iPod Touch) and Android devices, the company says.
In both environments, TextMe users will benefit from the assignment of a free phone number and be able to communicate with anyone in the world.
In addition to a rich instant messaging functionality that includes the ability to share pictures, TextMe users will be able to send and receive SMS text messages, place or receive phone calls to other TextMe users or to any phone number, and enjoy video conversations (using Wi-Fi).
The app itself is free, but users need to earn minutes of use or the ability to send messages by watching ads, or by signing up for different promotions.
One of the more novel TextMe capabilities is the turn an Apple iPod into a phone.
Telco SMS revenue will decline on average by around 40 percent across Europe and the Middle East, according to executives surveyed at an STL Partners meeting in 2011. Competition from providers, such as TextMe, is most of the reason why executives believe that will happen.
Edited by Brooke Neuman