PR: Pinger Releases New, Ad-Supported Text Free with Voice Calling
One of our favorite free texting apps, Text Free, has released a number of enhancements recently. Some of those enhancements include adding a real phone number to your account, so even iPod users have a phone number that anyone can text to. In the latest announcement, Pinger will be adding VOIP services to their popular texting app later this summer to compete with the likes of Skype, iCall, FriendCaller and others. These features are free via the current ad-supported version or if you want to turn-off the ads it will cost you $5.99 in an in-app purchase (1 year).
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New Textfree with Voice Offers Unlimited, Ad-supported Texting and Calling, Saving iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad Users Hundreds Per Year
Pinger Leads the Ad-supported Mobile Communications Industry, Offering Free Mainstream Communication Services via Smartphone Applications
SAN JOSE, CA — June 03, 2010 — Pinger, the popular developer of communications services for smartphone platforms, today announced Textfree with Voice, the first application-based communication suite for smartphones with free phone numbers for texting and calling functions. The current version of Textfree, version 3.4, is the leading texting app in the iTunes App Store. Textfree with Voice, available later this summer, includes free voice services over 3G and WiFi. The new service will drastically alter traditional fee structures for mobile phones by monetizing text and voice traffic with advertising.
“Smartphones are rapidly becoming the norm for mobile consumers, but they are tied to an antiquated billing framework,” said Greg Woock, Pinger CEO and co-founder. “Our ultimate goal is to offer free calling and texting to the four billion mobile phone subscribers worldwide.”
Traditional carriers charge mobile consumers hundreds of dollars per year for texting plans alone. Unlimited messaging plans for individuals can cost as much as $240 a year, while unlimited family messaging plans cost up to $360 per year. Textfree with Voice combines real phone numbers for messaging and calling via data channels, resulting in consumer savings of hundreds of dollars per year on texting and voice charges. Pinger plans to offer Textfree with Voice directly to its 20 million iPhone OS customers.
Pinger makes Textfree with Voice free to consumers by offsetting costs with mobile advertising. Already profitable, Pinger is in partnership with leading mobile advertising networks including Google, Admob, Quattro Wireless, and Millennial Media, and plans to fully support Apple’s recently announced iAd platform.
“Once communication services unshackle from their analog roots, they will be free,” said Joe Sipher, Pinger Chief Product and Marketing Officer. “Free happened with email and IM, and Pinger will make it happen with texting and calling. The hard part was figuring out how to monetize the free services. We’ve done that with our unique advertising model.”
Textfree with Voice will also revolutionize connected devices like iPod touch and iPad. These devices access the Internet through nearly ubiquitous WiFi connections and can route text and voice traffic directly to Pinger. This means consumers can have free, rich texting and voice services without a relationship or contract with traditional mobile carriers.
Pinger makes good things for mobile phones that have been downloaded by over 20 million iPhone OS users. Pinger is loaded with inventive people who enjoy creating consumer products and services that make a difference in people’s lives. www.pinger.com.