Anyone who has an iPhone knows what a lifesaver iMessage can be. The fact that you can send messages via the internet, rather than wasting your credit is brilliant. There is one major drawback, though, and that is that you can only use the service when you are messaging people who have iPhones. That would be fine if all your friends happened to have iPhones, but we guess that they don’t. So, how can you chat to people for free? Well, as you might already know, there are many iPhone chat apps on the market that allow you to send free messages. Here are five that you can download to your iPhone today.
Until quite recently, you had to pay for the iPhone download of WhatsApp, which seemed a little unfair. Luckily, now it is free. The app is one of the most popular chat apps in the world and has a great number of functions about which you need to know. For example, you can set statuses, make groups and add pictures on this app. If your phone contacts already have the app, it will add them without you having to do anything.
If you already have Skype, you ought to download the app to your iPhone as well. All you need to do is use your Skype login to get into your current account, which is great since it means that you don’t have to set up a whole new one. Once you have done that, you will have access to all your contacts. If you have an internet connection, you can video chat with people all around the globe for free. That means that you don’t need to worry about paying expensive international charges.
#3 Google Hangouts
Google Hangouts is a chat system that links to your Gmail and Google+ account. Many Windows and Android phones tend to have this app as standard, but that doesn’t mean that iPhone users should miss out. The app is free to download onto your iPhone and is well worth getting. One of the best things about this app is that you can link it to your Google calendar. If you want to schedule a video meeting with someone, you can use their email to ‘invite’ them to one. When they accept, the meeting will appear on both your calendars. Then, when it is time for the Hangout meeting, you will both get a reminder. Most people use this app for business communications as it tends to make things easier for companies.
#4 Facebook Messenger
Over the years, Facebook has decreased in popularity. It seems that few people bother posting much on the social media platform these days. One thing that is still going strong is the messenger service. Since you already have all your friends and family members on your Facebook, it makes sense to download the app to your phone. That way, so long as you have the internet, people can get in touch with you.
If you stress about surveillance, you might want to use CryptoCat. The app lets you send encrypted messages to people so that no external users can read them. A 23-year-old created the app, and it is free to download to your iPhone. You don’t have to set up a user account to use this app, and it is super-secure to use.
If you download these apps to your iPhone, you will always have a way to stay in touch with the people that count. Chat apps are excellent if you have a limited number of texts on your call plan.