Ok, this is something to get excited about. Free outgoing texts to any US number without worrying about carrier email addresses or anything like that. Replies to texts originating in the program are also free, so this is could be a huge money saver. Good looking out!
Does it work? Can it actually replace the normal sms app because I doubt the texts are being forwarded from your phone to the app so this is essentially the same as adding a +1555-555-5555 buddy to your AIM right?
1. You need a Gmail account (free signup link in the app)
2. Texts sent from the app will come from 406-205-0555, but will have your Gmail real name show up as the name. The first text you send to someone will show up with a second text, giving the recipient the option to opt out of the service if they want, but that's only on the first text.
3. They must reply to this message or somehow keep the thread going in order for you to keep receiving free SMS through the app.
4. The app will obviously not run in the background since it's an appstore app, so it will not get messages unless it's open. It will, however, show you all missed messages once launched.
So, as you can see, it won't be a complete replacement for the stock SMS app for everyone. But for how I tend to use texts (someone texts me, I reply, and we get into a conversation), it can really save you some dough (I only have the stock 200 texts with my V1 data plan). I will be much less reluctant to keep a text convo going now.
Why not just store any friend you text with as a custom email address for free texts. You want to text them, then create a new message in gmail and send away...all you need is the proper ending to store once in your contacts. Then it will also show up as a new mail message rather than going into an app everytime.