Design & Development

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.

GroupMe App.

GroupMe App.

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.

iMessage App.

iMessage App.

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.

Facebook Messenger App.

Facebook Messenger App.

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.

Beluga App.

Beluga App.

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+ App.

Google+ App.

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.

Google Voice App.

Google Voice App.

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.

BlackBerry Messenger App.

BlackBerry Messenger App.

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.

Disco App.

Disco App.

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.

Fast Society App.

Fast Society App.

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.

Kik Messenger App.

Kik Messenger App.

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.

PingChat! App.

PingChat! App.

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.

textPlus App.

textPlus App.

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.

Grouped{in} App.

Grouped{in} App.

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.

Glassboard App.

Glassboard App.

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.

Jumvo App.

Jumvo App.

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.

Katango App.

Katango App.

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.

WhatsApp Messenger App.

WhatsApp Messenger App.

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