Weekend Open Forum: What's your favorite mobile messaging app?

Jos

TS Evangelist
Even though overall WhatsApp has taken the lead for monthly active users, the mobile messaging app landscape continues to be highly fragmented, with different services doing well in different global regions. What are you using for your mobile messaging needs?

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TheBigFatClown

TS Evangelist
Favorite messaging app? LOL. I didn't know it had a name. I just hit the smiley face icon and send the messages. I guess I could care less. Mobile phones are only to be used when there is no desktop within a 10-mile radius.
 
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davislane1

I typically use face-to-face. Many of my peers find the entire platform dated, but I like being able to smack people who disagree with me. Most other apps don't have that feature for reasons of liability.
 
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Guest

Imessage, love that it a 7 min video is considered a text message even went sent outside the country!
 
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tomsea:
You're missing a category in your poll - I don't message.
do you still use smoke signal? ;)

I seldom use other messaging apps but if I use one, I use viber.
 
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BMfan

The stock SMS one.
It might cost a little bit more to use but it gets the job done.
 

dikbozo

TS Booster
I go rea;ll old school, pencil and paper with snail mail. Can't beat it for things like being impervious to internet snooping, battery running low, 40 below or 140 above (go ahead try to use your device in those extremes). I find that this way you think 3 or 4 times before sending anything and re-reading anything you do actually commit to writing. I would rather talk face to face,(not via Skype or something)than write and these both well before any texting type thing. Too many things get sent that are misunderstood and many times you get no chance to correct.
 

psycros

TS Evangelist
Email. No extra cost, unlimited length and formatting, everyone has an address and their device will always support it.
 
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dikzobo:
Can't beat it for things like being impervious to internet snooping,
but what if the mailman is the one snooping (or your wife/husband/neighbor)? almost everything is not safe when someone is determined to know and extract information.
 

Adhmuz

TechSpot Paladin
I think I've said this before, why reinvent the wheel when your phone comes with one out of the box that works more than adequately for my needs. Must be a generational thing, the need to over complicate the uncomplicated.
 

dikbozo

TS Booster
dikzobo:
Can't beat it for things like being impervious to internet snooping,
but what if the mailman is the one snooping (or your wife/husband/neighbor)? almost everything is not safe when someone is determined to know and extract information.
Please note I wrote "impervious to 'INTERNET' snooping". the written matter would have top be digitized first and then it is no longer pencil and paper. A fine point but try to remember the focus here.
 
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hellokitty[hk] said:
Would someone like to convince me how these are superior to normal SMS texting?
Because chat apps are free to use whereas SMS cost an arm and a leg for many people.
 

Nobina

TS Evangelist
Because chat apps are free to use whereas SMS cost an arm and a leg for many people.
For chat apps you need internet and data connection is much more expensive than SMS, except if you have wireless everywhere you go which you probably don't.