10 Messaging Apps for Mobile Device Users Who Are Tired of SMS

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2015-12-29
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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    10 Messaging Apps for Mobile Device Users Who Are Tired of SMS

    We look at 10 alternatives to traditional SMS that are popular, easy to use, reliable, available on multiple platforms and often save chat history.
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    Facebook Messenger Provides Convenience
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    Facebook Messenger Provides Convenience

    Facebook's own messaging app, Facebook Messenger, is one of the more popular services in the world. The app is designed to allow Facebook users to instantly send messages between each other. Facebook Messenger is an exceedingly convenient app that lets users send texts, photos and videos to their friends.
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    WhatsApp Is Another Facebook-Owned Favorite

    WhatsApp, available for free on mobile platforms, offers text, video and audio support. WhatsApp also supports VOIP calling when WhatsApp users have an Internet connection.
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    Apple Messages Is Readily Available on iOS, OS X Platforms

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    Built by Open Whisper Systems, Signal is another app for those who want to maximize their privacy. Like Telegram, communication through Signal is fully encrypted, so third-parties cannot see what is being discussed. As with the other apps, Signal supports text, video and audio, without ever incurring an SMS or Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) fee.
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    Yahoo Messenger Is Still Hanging On

    Although Yahoo's core business may be sold, the company's Messenger application is still going strong. The app allows users across all kinds of platforms to hold one-on-one or group chats. It also includes an Unsend feature that lets Web users recall mistakenly sent messages. Yahoo Messenger, like BBM, is a bit like stepping back in time, but it generally works well for those who still rely on their Yahoo accounts to keep in touch with friends.
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    There's Hangouts for the Avid Google User

    The Hangouts messaging app is much younger than BBM or Yahoo Messenger, but the app has caught on among Google users. Hangouts work across Google's platforms and all Web browsers, allowing users to communicate on everything from Gmail to Android. The app also works on iOS and other mobile platforms, and can be easily installed on desktops. Hangouts is Google's answer to Yahoo Messenger, and includes both video and voice calls.
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    Microsoft's Skype Goes Way Beyond Video Conferences

    Microsoft's Skype may be a VOIP service first, but that doesn't mean that's all there is. Quite the contrary, Skype is a full-service messaging application that handles practically any kind of communication users would want—from video to voice. Skype works on every major platform, but users need to sign up for the service to try it out. It's a nice option for those who want a multi-platform experience.
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    WeChat Is Extremely Popular Around the World

    With a user base of more than 500 million people, WeChat is a popular messaging service. Interestingly, WeChat has a large population outside the United States and is especially popular in China. The service, founded by China-based Tencent, includes all of the features users would find in the other platforms and includes free voice calling, which is another feature that makes it popular with users around the world.
 

The use of messaging applications has changed dramatically in recent years. While there was a time when Short Message Service (SMS) was one of the more popular ways for people to communicate digitally via mobile devices, the adoption of smartphones and the development of mobile app stores have enabled stand-alone messaging applications to become more popular. There are billions of messaging app users around the world, and the number of people who turn to traditional SMS is waning. According to a 2015 research report by Ofcom, an independent UK communications industry regulator, SMS traffic peaked in 2011 and has since been in decline. More people are turning to stand-alone messaging apps that are available from software producers large and small. But a relatively small number of these apps are both popular and reliable. This slide show will look at 10 alternatives to plain-old SMS that are popular, easy to use and reliable.  Best of all, they're available on multiple platforms and in most cases save chat histories so users can always pick up where they left off. Check out the following slides to learn about some of the top messaging apps.

 
 
 
 
 
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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