I have had a Google Voice Phone Number for a good while now, almost 2 years I think. I love it. We’ve used it a lot and it totally saved us when my Blackberry died in Vegas. I was able to get on a hotel computer and text CSP’s dad using my Google voice number. Now that I have my iPhone (replaced that Crackberry as soon as we got back to CLT with the iPhone) I use my Google Voice number to text for free. I get 200 texts for $5 with my plan. But with my Google Voice App I can text all I want for free! Woot! I just sent out a message letting everyone know it’s me. Your Google voice number is a regular phone number. It’s a great number to have if you need to give out a contact number but you don’t want to give out a personal number. Win win!
One of the apps I use every single day on my iPhone is called Kik. I LOVE this app. It’s free, it’s easy, and it does what it’s supposed to do. Kik is a free texting app. You can text any Kik user an unlimited number of texts no matter what type of phone they use. iPhone, iPod, Android. It has never crashed on me. It has a clean UI that reminds me of the iChat format. It has never not delivered a message. And it saves me a TON of money a month. Because I use Kik I’m able to use the $5 a month texting package. That allows me 200 texts a month. Then I use Kik for the rest of it. Awesome. Go here to get it then we’ll text!