A picture may be worth a thousand words, and sending a text message can be easier than making a phone call. Not only do you have a transcript of the exchange, but it also can let you get straight to the point. However, texting can add up, and just ask any parent of a teen with a mobile phone. However, there are options for business travelers such textPlus, powered by GOGII.
Scott Lahman, co-founder and CEO of textPlus offered his thoughts on how this app could revolutionize texting. Here is what he had to say.
AllBusiness.com: While the price for phone calls has fallen, texting has actually increased. Why do you think the carriers are charging more for offering the same services?
Scott Lahman: Whether the prices are rising or falling, texting is appealing to the millions of suddenly frugal consumers out there simply because it is more cost-effective than calling. The way consumers see it:
- Texts don’t eat up their minutes
- Quick calls to say “don’t forget to pick up milk” can’t turn into endless conversations over text.
- The carriers are offering much better unlimited plans than ever before – and consumers are getting savvier about finding them and negotiating them
AllBusinesss.com: Can you explain how textPlus works, and why this is an affordable option when compared to IM on a phone?
Scott Lahman: textPlus is a free mobile application for iPhone and iPod touch users that offers unlimited group text messaging. It interacts with all text-capable phones and carriers, and is the only texting app to allow both old-style texting – one-to-one conversations – and next generation texting – rich, engaging environments and instant group text conversations with “reply-all” functionality.
What’s more, those without a phone or a texting plan can simply use their iPod Touch and a WiFi connection to text where they couldn’t do so before.
Messages sent via textPlus on the iPhone or iPod touch are unlimited and free to the user, with messaging costs sponsored by GOGII and advertisers.
AllBusinesss.com: With textPlus you can send your message anywhere in the world? So is there a delay in sending and receiving messages?
We recently made it possible to use textPlus anywhere in the world. There is no delay in sending or receiving messages – we have the same delivery times app-to-app internationally that we do domestically. If you’re sending a text from the app to a U.S. mobile number while you’re abroad, the delivery time is equivalent to regular texting.
AllBusinesss.com: Given that it offers this affordable rate for international texting, this seems to be a good alternative for small businesses who need to stay in touch with colleagues while they travel. Are there any phone requirements to use the service?
Scott Lahman: Right now the textPlus app is available for download on the iPhone and iPod touch (with Android and BlackBerry coming soon ) – and it interacts with any phone with a text plan. Non-app users replying to a textPlus text are simply charged according to their own text plan.