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  • HeyWire: Free International Text Messaging With A Real Number


    On September 22nd, a new service and app was added the iTunes App Store without much notice. A company called MediaFriends has created Hey Wire, a service which allows anyone with an iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac or PC to send text messages to people around the world for free. HeyWire is the first and currently only multi-platform texting and chat service that delivers free international messaging with a real phone number.

    Not only does HeyWire give you a real number, the service also enables users to text eachother worldwide, anywhere, and even supports all major languages, thus allowing people to communicate in their native language.


    The App is available in the Apple App Store and the Web PC/Mac Beta versions can be found at HeyWire.com. HeyWire will soon be available for Android, GoogleTV, gaming devices and e-Readers in 2011.


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    This article was originally published in forum thread: HeyWire: Free International Text Messaging With A Real Number started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 54 Comments
    1. Zokunei's Avatar
      Zokunei -
      Fir… lol, jk. This is a step up from past texting apps. The cross-platform is pretty cool. Wonder if it has support for pictures. Bet this thing is on it's way up the charts, but I'm not going to bother getting it. I can't really benefit from the cross-platform or international too much, so why go through giving another company my email?
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      There's a bunch of these, but this one seems cool
    1. Infeneon's Avatar
      Infeneon -
      Doesn't services like TextPlus do the similar things?
    1. rampagebegins's Avatar
      rampagebegins -
      "an service" what an fail..
    1. Nick Hesson's Avatar
      Nick Hesson -
      Quote Originally Posted by Infeneon View Post
      Doesn't services like TextPlus do the similar things?
      Texplus does weird numbers. they aren't really actual phone numbers. while texting them does work, i think people prefer to have an actual number in a format people can remember.

      However, I have yet to try this guy out yet, so you'll have to see what the rest of the community says.
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      TextNow is the best

      Youre Own number that you can actually choose, based on ur area code, unlim texting, voicemail, You can even call people, etc..
    1. itaintrite's Avatar
      itaintrite -
      Does TextNow do international SMS too?
    1. mortopher's Avatar
      mortopher -
      Quote Originally Posted by nickhesson View Post
      Texplus does weird numbers. they aren't really actual phone numbers. while texting them does work, i think people prefer to have an actual number in a format people can remember.

      However, I have yet to try this guy out yet, so you'll have to see what the rest of the community says.
      A familiar format if you live in north america, otherwise it's still just random numbers.
    1. Raptors's Avatar
      Raptors -
      I'm not TOO sure. But I know it works all over north America for sure
    1. andrewe13's Avatar
      andrewe13 -
      SOMEONE HELP me ... Anytime i type a number in the # field, or look up a #, the app crashes. Seems like a lot of ppl are having this problem.....? Anyone know a fix around this ? or is this happening to anyone?
    1. urfriendlazy's Avatar
      urfriendlazy -
      this thing doesn't cover that many countries yet. and it does makes use of your data plan or wifi.
    1. vgmod's Avatar
      vgmod -
      This app need WiFi/internet/data plan to send with your real number. The people who ever received this sms will be charged by their phone carrier unless they join HeyWire. Once your friend on other end join HeyWire and start using this app on his/her iphone with WiFi/Data Plan then is free. Hope this is clear thing up.
    1. kingofthechi's Avatar
      kingofthechi -
      Quote Originally Posted by itaintrite View Post
      Does TextNow do international SMS too?
      Yes it does. I sent txt to mexico all the time with Textfree
    1. urfriendlazy's Avatar
      urfriendlazy -
      Quote Originally Posted by andrewe13 View Post
      SOMEONE HELP me ... Anytime i type a number in the # field, or look up a #, the app crashes. Seems like a lot of ppl are having this problem.....? Anyone know a fix around this ? or is this happening to anyone?
      did you try uploading your contacts? maybe that could work around it. or tried to reinstall?
    1. politicalslug's Avatar
      politicalslug -
      Quote Originally Posted by rampagebegins View Post
      "an service" what an fail..
      I see the a/an mistake all the time on here, engadget, and gizmodo all the time. I guess all the staff writers missed that day in grammar school and don't read literature, other than their peers' half-baked blog postings, to compensate.
    1. pdwbentley's Avatar
      pdwbentley -
      i've been able to send free messages from my iPhone, my PC, my Mac, in fact ANY computer ANYWHERE for years to anybody in any country in the world.

      they call it email.
    1. MikeThomson's Avatar
      MikeThomson -
      I've used almost every text app for the iPhone and this one is by far the best, you get your own 10 digit phone number.. And when someone receives your text there is nothing else added to it, it's received like a normal text message
    1. NakedFaerie's Avatar
      NakedFaerie -
      This doesn't work. I sent a text to my phone and its till waiting to be received.
      I also tried sending a text to it and that also fails.

      SO it fails both ways. I cant send and I cant receive.
    1. M4tt Dam0n's Avatar
      M4tt Dam0n -
      Quote Originally Posted by vgmod View Post
      This app need WiFi/internet/data plan to send with your real number. The people who ever received this sms will be charged by their phone carrier unless they join HeyWire. Once your friend on other end join HeyWire and start using this app on his/her iphone with WiFi/Data Plan then is free. Hope this is clear thing up.
      dammit that was too good to be true. ill stick to a text plan...not everyone has an iPhone or wants to use Heywire.
    1. MikeThomson's Avatar
      MikeThomson -
      Quote Originally Posted by vgmod View Post
      This app need WiFi/internet/data plan to send with your real number. The people who ever received this sms will be charged by their phone carrier unless they join HeyWire. Once your friend on other end join HeyWire and start using this app on his/her iphone with WiFi/Data Plan then is free. Hope this is clear thing up.
      Obviously it needs some sort of data to send, and it doesn't require you to have an existing phone number. whoever receives texts from this is not charged anything above what they would while receiving a regular text..

      I have had no issues with messages being delayed.. So far heywire texts are received by other phones within 3 seconds, and the same goes for receiving texts with heywire