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17 Group-Messaging Mobile Apps

Group messaging apps are hot. Skype announced that it will acquire GroupMe, a group messaging startup. Rival Beluga was recently purchase by Facebook. And there are a number of new mobile apps that offer group messaging services.

Here is a list of group messaging apps for your phone. Some of these apps offer dynamic cross-platform group texting. Other apps focus on providing a private setting for group messaging. All of these mobile apps offer powerful ways for you to communicate with your groups.

Group Messaging Apps

GroupMe. Acquired by Skype. Send group messages to your real life network. Start groups with the people already in your contacts. When you have a weak connection, the app can switch you to SMS so you’ll never miss a message. Every group gets a unique number for conference calling. Add your location to any message you send, and see all the group members on a map. Available for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry, and Windows Phone 7. Price: Free.

iMessage. iMessage is a new messaging service for all Apple iOS5 users. Send unlimited text messages via WiFi or 3G from your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch to anyone with one of those devices. iMessage is built into the Messages app, so you can send text, photos, videos, locations, and contacts. Track your messages with delivery receipts and optional read receipts. Keep every one in the loop with group messaging. Available for iPad and iPhone. Price: Free.

Facebook Messenger. Facebook Messenger is a faster way to message groups, or anyone in your mobile contacts. Reach friends right on their phones, get and send messages fast, message everyone at once and more. Map your location, find your peers, and make plans on the go. Get mobile notifications so you never miss a message. Available for iPhone, Android. Price: Free.

Beluga. Acquired by Facebook. With Beluga, you create private groups (pods) to stay in touch with your contacts. Beluga lets you send and receive instant updates, location info and photos, all via push notification, with no text messaging fees. Available for iPhone, Android. Price: Free.

Google+. Huddle is group messaging for everyone in your Google+ circles. With Huddle, you can text groups of people or individual friends in Google+ Mobile. When you receive a new message in Huddle, Google+ sends a push notification to your phone. Available for iPhone, Android. Price: Free.

Google Voice.
Google Voice allows you to send a text to up to five people at the same time. Google Voice doesn’t offer conversations — each response text is just to you and is a separate message — or location and media sharing. App available for iPhone, Android. Price: Free.

BlackBerry Messenger. BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) is the original group texting app. It supports multimedia messages, like photos and videos, and works with your existing contacts. Available for BlackBerry. Price: Free.

Disco. Disco is a group-messaging app by Google’s Slide social application unit. It is a simple solution to send text messages to your groups. Chat with 3 to 100 friends in a group. Free unlimited texting to anyone in the U.S., and app-to-app messaging and photo sharing. Switch between push notification and SMS. Get Twitter updates, Yelp information, poll results and more. Available for iPhone, Android. Price: Free.

Fast Society. Reach everyone at once by texting a single number. Link up on an instant conference call or send a recorded voice message. Share your location to meet up, send photos to your team. There’s also an option to switch to in-app messaging. Available for iPhone, Android. Price: Free.

Kik Messenger. Instantly connect with your group on Kik Messenger and enjoy free and unlimited messaging. Kik Messenger tells you when a message has been sent, delivered, read, and even when someone is typing back, turning regular messaging into real-time conversations. Available for iPhone, Android, Windows Phone 7. Price: Free.

PingChat!. PingChat! provides seamless quick group conversations. PingChat! lets you send and receive instant messages, pictures, video, locations and voice notes with your data plan or WiFi connection. Available for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry. Price: Free.

textPlus. With textPlus, text people as much as you want for free. Easily add people to a conversation and make it a group, with everyone seeing every message, even if they don’t have the app. Make personal super-group Communities for friends, family and work. Never miss a message with push notifications. Free app-to-app messaging anywhere in the world. Free SMS within the U.S. and Canada. App available for iPhone, Android. Price: $0.99.

Grouped{in}. Private group sharing on your terms. It features in-app messaging, group SMS texting with threading, conference calling and email, multiple group check-ins, and social media integration with Twitter and Facebook feeds. App available for iPod. Price: Free.

Glassboard. Glassboard is for sharing privately with groups. In Glassboard, you create “boards” which are groups of people around a common interest. Share messages, comments, photos, videos, and even your location. Available for iPod, Android. Price: Free.

Jumvo. Jumvo is a group-messaging app that lets you send voice messages as casually as texting. Jumvo lets you exchange voice messages with Facebook friends anywhere in the world. Engage group conversations with multiple friends. Receive a push notification whenever a voice message is received. Available for iPod. Price: Free.

Katango. Katango simplifies your social life by automatically organizing your online contacts into groups. Katango lets you easily send free text messages and status updates to your groups. Group members will receive messages instantly if they have the Katango app. Group members who don’t have the Katango app installed will get your message via Facebook or email. Available for iPod. Price: Free.

WhatsApp Messenger.
WhatsApp Messenger is a cross-platform mobile-messaging app that allows you to exchange messages without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp allows you to send audio and video messages to your friends as well as texts and photos. Features group chat. App available for iPhone, Android, BlackBerry. Price: $0.99.

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Comments ( 12 )

  1. Nacho August 24, 2011 Reply

    Your missing the best Group Messaging App in the Market plus it is free, CloudTalk. Check it out.

  2. ProfNerd503 August 29, 2011 Reply

    Don’t forget Celly! A new Portland, OR startup that has gained popularity nationwide with students, teachers, and sports teams.
    Celly works with any phone that has regular sms text messaging, it is free to use and no software is required.
    For screenshots: http://bit.ly/ohutKO or visit http://cel.ly

  3. Nyco August 30, 2011 Reply

    TextOne (text-one.com) is available on iOS, Android and webOS. It means it is available on iPhone, iPod Touch, Android phones, webOS phones, but also TouchPad.

    It does simple one-to-one messaging, as well as groupchat, and photo sharing.

    It is interoperable and federated with IM servers and email servers worldwide. IM servers are XMPP/Jabber including Gtalk, Talkr.IM, jabber.org, LiveJournal, etc.

    TextOne for iPhone is also available in Pink edition, for more stylish communications!

    http://text-one.com

  4. orangeshirt August 30, 2011 Reply

    Don’t forget Rattle Me (http://rattle.me)

  5. Gab LdJ April 10, 2012 Reply

    You should try MojoGroups too (http://MojoGroups.com).

    They’ve got a wonderful user interface, and a web service !

  6. tobste September 8, 2012 Reply

    Some of the apps are not available anymore. A good and relatively new app for group messaging is grouptime (www.grouptime.com). The app is a private social network for group sharing with family and friends.

  7. vickyteke March 1, 2013 Reply

    All these apps are really good. There is one more you might want to add to the list and it’s called finderous (http://www.findero.us). It helps you connect with interest groups around you. Besides you can choose the level of visibility of the group you create.

  8. Zim Ali April 29, 2013 Reply

    Enter telecom and media consultancy firm Informa, which has compiled some data for the Financial Times that shows the above messaging apps – and similar offerings from major electronics companies like Apple’s iMessage, BlackBerry Messenger and Samsung’s ChatON – have overtaken SMS as the preferred way to send text messages (via BBC).

    The research company says almost 19 billion text messages were sent per day using free mobile messaging apps for smartphones in 2012 – compared with only 17.6 billion SMS texts – and that this number will more than double to 41 billion per day this year.

  9. Nick Mouledous March 7, 2014 Reply

    Would love to see this article updated for 2014. You could include Thinbox (http://www.bizzuka.com), a unique subscription-based group messaging system.

  10. jeff hunt April 22, 2014 Reply

    I need an app for a windows 8 phone and tablet that allows me to send a group text without everyone in the group being able to see the rest of the group. I work in a confidential client/consultant business. I don’t need to be able to converse using this platform and, if I do, I want it to be private.

  11. Kristina July 15, 2014 Reply

    Try Photo4tune. It is an app that provides premium features for Free, which is very rare! Whats more interesting is you can create events and invite people/contacts to that event, much like your Facebook events. Must give it a try: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.photo4tune.navigator

  12. PrivChat July 16, 2014 Reply

    You should try PrivChat (http://bit.ly/UbuZdk) too as a unique mobile social app, designed specifically for the privacy protection.

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