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[iPhone] Save money by sending free messages with Kik Messenger

[1]How much money do you spend on text (SMS) and picture (MMS) messages a month? More than you would like, I bet. With Kik Messenger you can save that money because Kik Messenger allows you to send messages (text and picture) for free to your friends, as long as you have an Internet connection.

WHAT IT IS AND WHAT IT DOES

Main Functionality

Kik Messenger is one of the many SMS-replacement apps out there. With Kik, you can send messages to friends and family for free; it is free because Kik sends messages over the Internet and not traditional SMS. The catch, however, is you can send messages only to people who also use Kik and, of course, you need an active Internet connection.

Aside from sending text messages, Kik allows users to share pictures, videos, and sketches.

Pros

Cons

Discussion

[2]Traditionally there has been texting (SMS) and instant messaging. Kik Messenger is a pioneer in the “instant texting” genre of apps that have cropped up since smartphones became popular. These apps are basically instant messengers but designed to be SMS replacements. With these types of apps, you can send messages to your contacts (friends, family, etc.) for free… as long as they are using the same program. In this case, Kik Messenger allows you to send text messages and share pictures, video, and sketches with any of your contacts that also use Kik.

Kik Messenger has a nice, easy-to-use, and easy-to-understand interface. Probably the best part about Kik Messenger is it provides “sent”, “delivered”, and “read” notifications for each message you send, allowing you to know if your message has been delivered and read. Another cool aspect of KiK Messenger is it does not require you to have a phone number. Rather, you must register a free Kik account which requires an e-mail address. The advantage of this approach is Kik Messenger can be used on devices that don’t have phone numbers (e.g. tablets like iPad Mini or iPad, or an iPhone that is only used for Internet access and has no phone number). The disadvantage is you must register a new account and remember the password, which can be annoying.

A few things I found annoying about Kik is

Conclusion and Download Link

Kik Messenger is OK. It is a pioneer in this field and it has good features, but the inability to rely on Kik Messenger to send messages (i.e. when it won’t connect) pretty much kills the apps. Plus, there is the issue that you can only send messages to other Kik users — you would be better off with a messenger that your friends and family use instead of Kik, because if you don’t know anyone that uses Kik, it is useless to you.

Overall, the only time I’d recommend Kik to you is if your friends and family use it. However, if your friends and family use it then you probably don’t need my recommendation anyway. So I suppose I’d never recommend Kik Messenger.

Price: Free

Version reviewed: 6.0.0

Requires iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch, iOS version 4.3 or higher

Download size: 8.4 MB

Kik Messenger on Apple App Store [3]