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It seems like we’re on the cusp of a wave of new messaging apps for smartphones.Right now, everyone is talking about Yobongo, the location-based app that lets you chat with random people in your city. It’s only available in New York, San Francisco, and Austin for now, but should be hitting more cities soon.
Other popular and well-established apps include GroupMe and TextPlus make it easy to set up a special number for texting a group of your friends.
We took a look at those and other big players in the mobile messaging market right now. Find the one that works best for you.
GroupMe lets you create a special number for texting or conference calling a group of friends. You can also view your group members' location and start a chat with them within their smartphone app. Plus the company just added Foursquare integration that will let you create a group of nearby friends.
Fast Society is similar to GroupMe. You can set up a group text or conference call with one number. The app will share your location with everyone in your group so you can figure out the best place to meet up. The app is only available for iPhone right now.
Yobongo got a lot of buzz yesterday when it launched publicly in Austin, New York, and San Francisco. The app lets you chat with random nearby strangers. Think of it as Foursquare meets old-school AOL. The app is free for iPhone.
TigerText lets you send private text messages over the service's secure network. You can set messages to automatically delete after a certain time frame to prevent others from snooping. Check out our tour of TigerText here.
Mogwee is Ning's newest app for group messaging. In addition to group chats, you can also play simple games and share photos with your friends. It's only available on iPhone right now, but Android and mobile web versions are coming soon.
News broke yesterday that RIM is considering bringing BBM to iPhone and Android. That would be huge. Details are sparse at the moment, but RIM could charge non-BlackBerry users a small fee to use the service.