If you’re a user of textPlus, you’ll be pleased to know their latest update brings free phone numbers to Canadians, taking unlimited texting to numbers in the US and Canada to another level. Your iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad will received a dedicated number to text mobile phones for free.
“Our friends in Canada – where we have a large, active user base – are very important to us. So when they say ‘our #1 request is to have a free phone number’ we definitely listened,” said Scott Lahman, CEO of GOGII. “With a dedicated phone number, Canadians are now able to text anyone for free in both Canada and the US. And the best part is that friends not using the app can text back at standard message rates, even if they’re across the border in the US.”
GOGII, the company behind textPlus partnered up with Iristel, a CRTC-licensed VoIP operator to provide real phone numbers. Coverage includes cities in the following areas: Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec.
I did a quick test of textPlus, and it works exactly as advertised. You will be required to register and fill in all fields to get it up and running. The app is ad-supported, and each text message ends with the signature ‘- Sent FREE from textPlus.com’ which may be annoying to some, but for a free app what can you expect.
The app finds existing friends from your contacts using textPlus, and your full contact list is accessible. You can also send pictures, and on the receiving end it’ll show up as a link to textPlus servers.Â There’s group chat, and even cloud support for messages when you sign into textPlus on a different iOS device.
There are so many ‘free’ texting apps available for iOS. This is certainly different with dedicated numbers, as it doesn’t require your friends to have textPlus downloaded to receive messages.
textPlus is free. Click here to download it from iTunes. Let me know what you think of textPlus, as it’s a decent solution for people with capped SMS plans.