Developer: Carmine Greco
Price: free Download on the App Store
Want to send text and multimedia messages but don’t want the often costly monthly bill? Check out Treebune’s Pushme.to Lite, a free messenger app that enables you to send free text and MMS messages whether you’re in North America or abroad.
Here’s how it works. Install the app on your iPhone or iPod touch, register for the Pushme.to service using a nickname and you be able to receive from and send to messages and images to anyone else who has installed the app on their device.
You can also receive messages from anyone sent via the Pushme.to Web site. All the sender has to do is enter their message at http://pushme.to/nickname. One nifty feature: You can install a widget on your site, blog or on Facebook and senders can reach you with a simple mouse click. In either case, there’s no requirement for the sender to register.
To receive messages, you can either open the app or be alerted using Push Notification when the app is closed. By the way, you’ll need to have installed OS 3.0 and enabled Push Notification.
Registered users can also review their messages and images on the Web site, delete them if they choose, and send messages to other Pushme.to users.
When you first launch the app, you’ll be asked to register for a Pushme.to account. Registration is quick and painless. Choose a nickname and a password, followed by your email, which you need for confirmation or to recover your password. Tap the register button and you’re good to go.
Composing a message is equally simple. Enter your intended recipient’s nickname, followed by your message. If you’d like, attach an image or images.
The message will arrive almost immediately after being sent.
Pushme.to Lite’s interface is clean and streamlined and does a great job of getting the word out. Even the ads are unobtrusive.