“ Publisher: Enflick / Compatible: iPhone, Blackberry and Android / Type: Free messaging service for mobile devices „
For those who have devices like iPhones this can be very useful as a lot of the packages come with very few text messages but 500mb/1gb data meaning you are better off using data messengers than exceeding your text limits. This little app is great for this as you can send pictures, text, and other media via your data connection however remember without 3G this will be very slow. Pingchat is a free app from the app store so first off you don't have to worry about spending any money to get it, small and easy to install so it's done quickly then on to setting it up. Pingchat lets you select a ping user ID that must be unique so that you can start and then it helps you add contacts to your address book. The application itself is a bit slow on my device (iPhone 3gs) however it may be faster on newer devices. The downside i would say to Pingchat is the push notifications, they often don't work meaning you have to manually check the app to see if anyone has contacted you. The other features are really good especially considering you don't have to spend any money though where normally sending a picture message would be about 20p you can send it free of charge in app and it also features an array of smiley faces and images to send inside your message to jazz it up a little. In conclusion this makes for a great little data messaging service, very useful for people who don't get many texts on their plan or if like me you don't get signal in your house and you want to message and you can use your wifi to do so. This really can save you a lot of money.
I thought that I should write a review on PingChat, a free messaging service/application for smartphones, after writing a review on Whatsapp and seeing the number of people that mentioned using Ping. I still use this (if I really have to) and so still have the app installed on my iPhone, but I do prefer Whatsapp over this. The application allows users to communicate with each other just like sms does, except it uses WiFi and so is free. You can also send free photos and audio notes, which is a great advantage as many network providers will charge you extra to send these by sms, even if you do have unlimited or free texts. It is available to all users of smartphones... android, blackberry and the iDevices. It is free to download from the app store too, so even if you are unsure, you can download it and always uninstall it if you do not use it or like it, and you wouldn't be losing out. It does everything that Whatsapp does, but what it can do that Whatsapp can't, is allow users to have group chats. A group chat is a conversation held on the application between more than two people, just like the blackberry chat allows blackberry users to do. I love the fact that it can do this, as all my friends had blackberrys and I could not join in their group chats as I have an iPhone (and could not part from it for a blackberry ever!) Now I can have group chats thanks to Ping. Now on to why I do not use this app unless I really have to... one main disadvantage is that it goes really slow! It has done for a few months now, and in this time I have had updates for the app, and got very excited hoping it would fix it and make it run faster, but it didn't. Even on start up of the app, it shows the logo as shown above, for some time before going to your conversations, contacts etc. I sometimes get so impatient I just click off the app and don't bother waiting. If it wasn't for this main drawback, I would probably use this messaging service all of the time instead. It is not just on start-up when it runs slow, it does when sending your messages and receiving them. My phone will vibrate to tell me I have received a message, and I will then have to wait at least 10 seconds before i actually see the message, even though I am already on the app. I'm not sure if it does this for just the iPhones, or even just my phone, but my friends also tend to avoid it too as they sometimes never get my messages for a while and it also runs slow for them on their blackberry's. I am hoping that an update will come out soon and fix this, then I will start using this again properly on a daily basis, but for now I will stick to Whatsapp. Update: Whatsapp have just released an update and now have group chat :).