Your phone company is screwing you on text messaging. SMS messages cost them next to nothing, yet they charge you up the yin-yang. So how's about sticking it to the phone company with some viable alternatives to SMS messaging?
Kik Messenger is fantastic. It's too bad RIM doesn't want to work with them to make the messaging app tri-platform, but the iPhone and Android versions both still work fine. The latest update (4.0) adds picture sharing, group chat and speed improvements. That's pretty great for a free app. [iTunes via Mashable]
Kik, the got-very-popular-very-fast cross-platform messaging app, was booted from BlackBerry's App World because of a breach of "contractual obligations," presumably breaching an obligation not to drive people away from BBM, RIM's own messaging platform which they hold near and dear to their hearts. Now RIM's saying…
BlackBerry users may have noticed that they can neither download the Kik Messenger app nor receive push notifications through it if they already have it on their devices. Here's Research in Motion's vague excuse and pathetic explanation for the whole mess:
Kik Messenger's a no-frills app, but it could easily become your favorite way of keeping in touch. It's a simple cross-platform instant messenger which'll work for you and your friends—no matter which mobile platform or country you favor.