There was a discussion the other day on Facebook about which messaging app(s) everyone was using, and why. Of course I have my druthers, but the conversation got me thinking about the various messaging apps available today, so I thought what the heck, that sounds like it might make a good blog post!
So, I pulled together 6 messenger apps I thought would be a good representation of what’s out there. I’ve tried all but one of them.
Skype – I’ve used Skype for as long as I can remember – at least 10 years. It’s on both of my computers, my iPad and my iPhone; so no matter where I am, I have it. I use it for both personal and business. Skype to Skype is free, but I also choose to pay a whopping $2.95 per month to get unlimited calls to land lines in the US and Canada. With Skype, no matter where I am, I’m covered – as long as I have WIFI when out of the country. Add in the ability to do quickie text chats with clients and team members, the option for video chats, screen sharing and file sharing, it still ranks #1 on my playlist of messaging apps because it does just about everything I need, whenever I need it.
FB messenger – Messenger is a good option for having conversations with people on Facebook with whom I might not be comfortable sharing my phone number for texting or my Skype ID. I do like that it’s available on my phone as an app as well, but it’s not that high up on my list of messaging apps – as you’ve got to be “friends” with them on Facebook if you want to make sure your message hits their inbox.
FaceTime – FaceTime comes pre-installed on your iPhone, and you can download it for $.99 for use on a Mac. This one is more of a personal communication tool to me, as I’ve only used it with family members. As long as they have an iPhone and are in the US – OR have WiFi available when placing a call when out of country, it’s a good option.Messaging apps make doing life and business easier. With so many out there, how do you choose? Click To Tweet
GoogleDuo – GoogleDuo is available for both iOS and Android! The beauty of this little app is it’s cross-platform, which means if you’ve got an iPhone and Auntie Em has an Android, you can now do the equivalent of FaceTime if you both have GoogleDuo installed on your phones.
Whatsapp – Whatsapp is very popular with millennials, and is simply another app-based texting service between mobile phones. It replaces regular SMS text messages and uses an Internet connection between phones. There are evidently a lot of Whatsapp users, to the tune of over 900 million – according to the service. I’ve heard both good and bad things about it – and for all it’s worth, probably won’t be adding it to my arsenal of messaging tools anytime in the near future.
Voxer – And then there is Voxer. Voxer is a fun messaging app with a walkie-talkie feature. With Voxer, you get Live and recorded voice, texting, photos and location sharing, one-on-one chats, group chats for up to 500 people and SSL encryption. You also get message forwarding and Dropbox integration. There is both a free and paid per user/month plan at $3.99 per month; but for the normal, everyday user, the free plan is more than adequate.
All in all … Skype is still my main go-to for messaging apps because it does everything I need all wrapped up in one app. What’s your poison?
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