Move Over Text: Chat Options on Your Smartphone

More than 45 percent of smartphone customers use instant messaging in addition to traditional text messaging. With instant messaging apps, real-time communications have expanded to provide new ways to connect with friends and family. There are a wide variety of messaging apps to choose from depending on your needs.

First, look to the operating system on your phone. Many devices offer instant messaging platforms, such as BlackBerry Messenger and iMessage, which are tailored to specific operating systems. Services such as Verizon Messages allow you to view text or multimedia messages whether using a smartphone, tablet or computer.

If you’re looking to enhance the chat experience beyond text, Google Talk, commonly known as “Gchat,” may be your answer. This solution provides the same function for chatting with Google contacts on a mobile device as on a computer, but it also offers the option of built-in video chat for a face-to-face experience.

Chat has become about more than just the words; it’s also about sharing your favorite content. If you want to send photos, doodles, videos and songs to friends, in addition to chatting, MessageMe gives you the opportunity to do so while sharing your personality. MessageMe also gives you the opportunity to share on Facebook and Twitter.

To hold a conversation with more than one person, apps like GroupMe offer free group messaging. By creating a private chat room on a smartphone you can coordinate plans or keep in touch, and it’s all in one place.

Additionally, many social networks have apps to help you stay connected with friends and followers, even when you’re on the go. For example, Facebook Messenger provides Facebook fans with a simple way to take the conversation from the computer to the smartphone.

What’s your favorite messaging app? Let us know on Twitter @VZWnews.

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