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How To Get Text Messages For Free (Or Almost Free)

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Do you ever feel like your cell phone provider is doing a number on you?

Turns out, if you're paying for texting like Mike Hawkins in Greenville, that my not be farfetched.

"It seems like there's constant charges or fees for stuff," he said.

Hawkins could save $119 a year by signing up for a one dollar mobile app called WhatsApp

"I would be interested in that."

Jake Knight, a mobile app developer with Rapptor Studios who has used one of the apps, says nowadays there's really no need to fork over money for texting if your phone has access to wi-fi networks or a data plan.

Still, nothing is truly free.

We asked whether there is a catch.

The catch is, in a number of cases they're actually called freemium. That means there's a premium component to the free app, something that you can buy or add on that will give you additional functionality or is ad based, where you every time you send a text it's going to give you an immediate pop-up that will advertise a game or an additional service that may cost money through the app store," said Knight.

Those marketing tactics means you'll want to read up on what you're agreeing to before making the switch.

For instance the app Pinger is free but sends ads.

Viber is free with no ads, but only works with other Viber users.

And WhatsApp charges a dollar a year but promises not to sell user data.

Parents, make note, a lot of these free text apps will market games to users, so if you don't warn you kids not to sign up, you could be paying more in the long run.

The takeaway: There are enough of these apps to make it worth your while to switch, just read the fine print.

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