Free SMS & Text Messages, Redux

About a year ago I put together a list of websites that let you send SMS or text messages for free. It was a pretty popular post, but the only thing is that a few of those sites have since died while many other (and potentially better) sites have sprung up. So, here’s a new list!

Send free SMS and Text messages worldwide with CallWave

Call Wave – Call Wave easily wins the award for “fastest delivery time.” I sent myself a text message using their free downloadable widget and before I’d even had time to click back over to HIF, my phone was buzzing with the new message. They have versions that you can add directly to your Google or Yahoo Homepage as well as your Apple or Windows Vista computer. I especially like the fact that you can not only save phone numbers that you frequently text, but it even imported all the listed cell numbers I have saved in my address book on my computer! Nifty!

Send free SMS and Text messages worldwide with Chikka

Chikka – You have to download a small program, which is basically just an IM platform, but built on sending text messages to your buddies instead of IMs. Your friends can then respond to you from their phone and it’ll show up on your computer in a message box. Not only have they since expanded the countries you can text since last year (US, UK, India, Japan, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong), but they also now offer free texts to everybody in the US.

Full list after the jump.

Send free SMS and Text messages worldwide with Free Text Send

Free Text Send – I really like the look of this US-only free texting site. In fact, it’s probably one of the best out of all the sites on this list. The site isn’t really that big, but it looks like they’ve certainly sped up delivery time since last year. One small downfall is that you have to know what service provider your friend uses, which means there’s no way I can use this site since I can’t even remember my friend’s phone number, let alone their carrier.

(edit: I just discovered Fone Finder, which allows you to enter the first part of any cell number and it’ll tell you what carrier it’s associated with. Sweet!)

Send free SMS and Text messages worldwide with Gizmo

Gizmo SMS – While this site offers free texts to pretty much every major country in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and the South Pacific, you only get 80 characters and the texts are a bit slow to arrive.

Send free SMS and text messages using Google, gmail, and gtalk!

Google – They’ve since retired their free texts from browsers, however they’ve now integrated it with their chat feature. If you have a gmail or gtalk account (both are quite free), then log in and go to your Google Labs page to activate the free SMS feature. To send the text, just type a phone number into the search box at the top of the chat window and hit “Send SMS.” Your friend can then respond and it’ll show up on your computer. This is only for US phones right now, but Google plans on expanding it to more countries soon.

(edit: One bonus this has over the AIM version below is that Google gives you a free SMS number that you can give out to your friends and family. Thus, they can initiate the conversation if they so choose.)

Send free SMS and text messages using AIM

AIM – After discovering the Google service above, I did a little digging and found that AIM and Yahoo have been offering this service for years. Simply message the entire number with area and country code (ex, +12225554444) and then type your message in the box. Your friend will get the text and they can then respond to ya. I just showed this to my little sister and she practically screeched with joy. Only downside is that it’s US only and they don’t plan on expanding like Google does.

Send free text messages via Group 2 Call!

Group 2 Call – Sign up for a free account and then you can import your contacts directly from your phone. Once you’ve done that, you can then either send individual free texts or mass text them all at once! You’re limited to 50 free texts per day, but that’s plenty for most of us. Another really cool feature is the ability to send a free voice message to a contact, thus helping you save those precious minutes when you have something long to say.

Send free SMS and text messages using Joopz

Joopz – Just like before, you have to create a free account, but after you do so, it’s nothing but awesome features from there. Sure, they have free texts, but they also allow you to set up text delivery in the future. So if you don’t want to forget to pick up your laundry tomorrow, have Joopz text you right before you leave work! They also keep a log of your texts if you so choose, so you never have to delete anything important. This makes it easy to prove to your friend that he most certainly did text you at 3 AM the other night! I’m looking at you, Fellner! The only downside is that their free service is limited to 50 free texts a month.

Send free text messages in the future via Oh, Don't Forget.com

Oh, Don’t Forget – By far the easiest site of the bunch for sending texts in the future. You can pinpoint them down to the exact minute you want them sent. It was named one of TIME magazine’s 50 best websites back in 2007, so props for this site seem to be coming from just about everywhere.

Send free text messages!

Send SMS Now – You still have to sign up for a free account with this site and the interface isn’t that enjoyable to look at, but they offer a few off-the-wall countries that most other sites don’t work with. So if you have friends in Pakistan, Kazakhstan, or Ukraine just to name a few, then you’ll probably find this site helpful!

Send worldwide free text messages thanks to Hey, It's Free!

Text 4 Free – While the interface leaves something to desire, this site offers a whole slew of countries and providers you can text for free.

Thetxt.com lets you send free text messages in the US

The Txt – I wish the font on this site was a bit larger, but overall it’s a basic US-only site that delivers texts extremely fast.

Text your friends for free and let them respond straight to your inbox!

Txt Drop – The sweet thing with this site is that your friends can reply to the text you send them and it’ll come to your e-mail account. There are other sites out there that let you do the same thing, but this is the only one I know of that doesn’t require you to register beforehand in order to access that little feature. The text message came within minutes as well.

Use Yahoo Messenger India to send free sms wordlwide!

Yahoo Messenger India – India is a booming market and Yahoo is doing its best to try and snag as much of it as possible. Therefore, their Indian version of Yahoo Messenger offers an awesome array of countries that you can text for absolutely free. For no cost whatsoever, you can message people in Argentina, Australia, Bolivia), Canada, Hong Kong, Indonasia, Kuwait, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and the United States. The program itself is in English and it’s no different than the one you’d download from the English version of Yahoo, other than the fact that with this one you can send a ton of free text messages around the globe!

So there you have it! Now no matter where you or your friends are in the world, hopefully you’ll be able to stay in touch with nothing more than a couple of cell phones and a few of the websites from this list.




  • http://www.cmoorecreations.com Cheri

    I went to the anontxt.com and it says the site is down due to abuse :(

  • Goob

    Wow, that’s pretty weak! It was working this morning when I tried it. Thanks for bringing that up, though!

  • candace

    You know, i’ve hear of these internet rapscallions that go on websites just to “raid” them. most of them contain 12-16 year-old kids that think there cool cause there on the internet.

  • http://www.heyitsfree.net Goob

    Huh?

  • http://geeklad.com GeekLad

    ForeverSMS is another service you may wish to add to the list. It has a nice iGoogle gadget that lets you send text messages right from your iGoogle page.

  • candace

    oh sorry Goob, I forgot to mention that that I was replying to Cheris post. I don’t know where my brain is around this time of year.

  • Carolyn

    Fone Finder is not longer a great site for determining the phone carrier since the ability to keep your phone number regardless of the carrier. I searched one of my phone numbers and it comes up as Nextel, which was correct when I originally purchased the phone before importability. I have switched changed to Verizon.

  • http://www.mobilemammoth.com/send-text-message MobileFreak

    For those that want to try sending anonymously, here’s an alternative to AnonTxt:
    http://www.mobilemammoth.com/send-text-message

    Goob – we were on your original list last year, and yes we are still around! We’ve recently launched a text message tool (in beta) for India users as well at
    http://www.mobilemammoth.com/send-text-message/india

    Great round-up once again!

  • http://www.mobilemammoth.com/send-text-message MobileFreak

    Correction – we were not in the 2007 list. Let us know what improvements we should make for your 2009 list!

    Cheers!

  • Dante

    Okay people here are two easier ways to acomplish this:
    1. If your friend has email on their phone have them send you an email it will look something like 1123456789@messagealtell.com, and then add that address to your contacts and BOOM you can message them any time for free (at least for you).

    2. go here:
    http://www.livejournal.com/tools/textmessage.bml?mode=details

    and look up the suffix dealy (the thing that goes after their number OR type their number followed by “@teleflip.com” and that will forward the message, when the reply to the message see step 1.

  • http://www.textReminders.net Joe

    Hey Goob,
    If you do a 2009 list, might you consider reviewing http://www.textReminders.net? You can send free SMS messages right on the homepage. It’s also got a number of other cool features.

  • Joey Z

    This seems like a GREAT offer! Hopefully you’ll take Joe’s advice and review the site he posted.

  • tyzzy

    yahoo instant messenger also allows sending sms messages
    since i don’t have a cellphone i sometimes send her messages
    when she is at school or places where she isn’t able to take a phone call

  • Charlie

    When you text someone through AIM, its considered a web text so unless they have a plan for that like unlimited data, it’ll be an extra expense on their phone bill.

  • Ray

    Goob,

    You forgot to mention http://textonlinefree.com which offers free text messaging world wide. Good list though.

    -Ray

  • Heather

    Yahoo messenger also has an sms feature.

  • Surfinthenet

    How are the text “free”? I tried it out by sending one to myself to a prepaid, and it deducted .30. I guess it would deduct a dollar sending it the regular way. It’s free to send, but not free to retrieve I guess. Either way, you’ll pay.

  • michelle

    I’m going to Tortola (Virgin Islands) this summer and I’m looking for a cheap/free way to call home (maybe 3 times while I’m there) … was wondering if anyone knows of a great way to do that!

  • lost4my4mind

    Textfree is a app that also lets you text online on the site http://www.pinger.com/textfree/ hope this helps! thanks for all ur hard work

  • stoppingby

    Some of the phone companies (Verizon, AT&t) have links that allow you to send a text from the computer to a phone. Just go to their home page and look for a link to text mobile phone.

  • sue

    How to you text to short numbers, like those for some contests?
    I looked at txt drop (trying for the new redbox offer) and they only take 10 digit numbers.
    Any help for those of us without a phone that has texting?

  • http://www.rumahjogja.web.id/ rumah jogja

    Hi goob… sometimes I use gmail to send sms.
    pls visit my site buddy…