Send Text Messages From Your iPhone/iTouch or Desktop With Textfree

Craig Snyder 19-12-2011

send free text messagesOne of my biggest pet peeves is having to constantly check through text messages while I’m on my desktop or laptop at my desk. I’ve always thought it was be so much easier to have texts forward to one of my instant messengers, but a concept like that doesn’t exactly exist (or at least not to my knowledge). We’ve shed light before on how you can replace your texting plan with a few free apps 3 Useful Apps To Replace Your Mobile Text Messaging Plan Read More , but Textfree from Pinger really goes a step beyond that.


Textfree is available for both the iOS and Android platform. Both applications are completely free. I’ve got it installed on my iPod touch and it works just like any iPhone texting plan should.

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Textfree usage and features are outlined on the application download pages, and there really isn’t much that is too unique or special about the app. It simply works. Download the app and you are able to choose from a few numbers. With that number, you can send and receive an unlimited number of texts. With a subscription, you can even use this number to send calls from. One huge feature that I really enjoy is that you’re able to send picture messages, something most other similar applications won’t allow you to do.

With a paid subscription, you can also hide ads. Textfree comes with a lot of configurable settings. You can add a signature, change your tones, and set email notification preferences. It’s very extensive and is definitely my recommended app of the niche.

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The feature that has me completely sold on Textfree has not much to do with their iOS app at all though. Textfree has a web version of this application. With Textfree Web, you can sign up for a brand new Textfree texting number or login to your existing Textfree account and go from car to desk like nothing ever even changed!

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Once logged in, sending texts from your desktop is just as easy as it was from your mobile app. It’s a whole different approach when compared to the 10 other sites to send texts from 7 Sites to Send Free Text Messages to Cell Phones (SMS) SMS text messages are still useful! These texting websites will let you send SMS messages from your computer for free. Read More that we’ve reviewed because of the synchronization between desktop and mobile. You have your own dedicated number, also. It’s more like Google Voice 6 Cool Things You Can Do With Google Voice What is Google Voice? Here are the basics of Google Voice and all of its coolest features that you need to start using. Read More than anything else.

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The interface is a lot like Meebo and it truly behaves no differently than a web-based instant messaging client. This is the perfectly solution to simple and synchronized, desk-and-mobile texting and I can promise that it’ll eventually find way into your list of never-to-be-closed tabs in your browser. Not to mention, 100% free? Count me in, please.

Textfree (or at least the iOS version) does come with a few small bugs. When switching to the mobile version from the web version, sometimes you’ll see duplicates of the same message being sent. You also won’t see your own replies to messages from your desktop on your mobile client. It makes conversation histories close to useless. Every now and then, your app might freeze due to loading the huge amount of “new” messages if you’re switching back to mobile from the web. These are annoying, but a small price to pay for all of this functionality.

Try out Textfree. Let us know in the comments if you use any other messaging app.

Related topics: Instant Messaging, SMS.

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  3. Anonymous
    December 20, 2011 at 8:33 am

    Just this only available in the USA. If so it would be nice if someone would say so on there site. I could be wrong but I can't seem to find anything else for Canada. 
    Any thoughts or ideas would be nice. Thanks

    • Craig Snyder
      December 22, 2011 at 11:02 am

      As far as I know, this app is limited to the US. It can, however, send and receive texts to Canadian numbers.
      It's been tough on me trying to find a solution for an out-of-US friend, have tried once and failed just as many times.

      • Anonymous
        December 28, 2011 at 7:45 am

        Thanks Craig. I forgot all about this question until i looked today at another site. Thanks for responding and yes I hear ya. Us Canadian seem to get left out of a lot of internet stuff. Not sure why but it sucks sometimes.
        Thanks anyway.