Free SMS and chat app HeyWire launches on Android

Mobile messaging app HeyWire, which is pretty well established on iPhone and iPad with a solid 3/5 rating on iTunes, has launched on Android today.

The makers say HeyWire supports free SMS messages in the “US and 146 countries worldwide” and there’s a coverage checker on the maker’s site to see if you’re included in that and if this is therefore of any use.

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Our TRAINED EYES can tell this is ad-supported. We’re very anti-social so don’t understand much of what’s offered by HeyWire. This one is for all you kids out there. Here’s the press release:

HeyWire Comes to Android, Let the Free Global Connecting Commence!

Social Hub Features Free Texting Worldwide, Facebook Chat and Twitter

BOSTON, MA–(Marketwire – January 26, 2011) – Staying connected with your social network just got a lot easier for the millions of Android smartphone users around the world. Today HeyWire™ rolled out on Android, making it the platform’s first Social Hub featuring free texting worldwide from a real phone number.

HeyWire for Android is a mashup of top communications services like free texting (SMS) worldwide, Facebook Chat and Twitter into a Social Hub that provides a free, simple and seamless way to connect with friends and family around the world.

Already a worldwide hit on the Apple iOS platform, HeyWire is ranked as a top free social networking app in 62 country app stores.

What’s so awesome about HeyWire’s free Android application? Here’s a run-down of the benefits:

Is local & international texting too costly? Text for free from a real, dedicated phone number, anywhere in the U.S. and to 146 countries worldwide! Send texts (SMS) to any mobile device, even if the receiver doesn’t have HeyWire. No smartphone, no problem. Your friend can still respond. Hey, this is real SMS after all.

Worldwide Cross Platform Messenger — Have friends that prefer Apples instead of tiny Green Robots? No worries. HeyWire is the ultimate cross platform messenger. If you and a friend have the HeyWire app on your Android smartphone or tablet, iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or you’ve joined the HeyWire web beta you can message each other anywhere in the world for absolutely free. Want to send a message in your native language? HeyWire-to-HeyWire messaging supports every major language found on your Android device.

Is the large number of ways to connect with friends driving you crazy? Open the HeyWire app and simply take control of texting, tweeting and Facebook Chat, with other chat services coming soon. From the same app you can text and chat like crazy!

Does a tweet via text to your peeps sound sweet? Say that five times fast or simply use HeyTweets, it’s built right in! HeyWire is the world’s first and only mobile service to provide Text-to-Twitter functionality anywhere in the world! Just text START to 40404!

Looking for Group Messaging with a bit of individual conversation? Pick up to 10 friends that are in your address book or available on Facebook Chat and send one message to all. Individual responses come back, enabling the conversation to continue in a private way! If you want to connect with more than 10 friends just add 40404 to the “To:” list and you can also update all your followers on Twitter!

Too many widgets or can’t get enough? Either way, Heywire’s got your back, or should we say, your eyes?! The HeyWire Homescreen Widget allows for a quick glance at your inbox to view and cycle through texts, tweets and Facebook Chats. HeyWire also provides text message alerts in the notification bar even if the HeyWire App or the Widget is not open.

You want Love and Peace in the world? Yeah, us too, so we blend HeyWire with your Android Contact Address Book so when you select a contact you can simply tap once and text them with HeyWire. Easily send your message of Peace and Love worldwide for free! You can also easily set HeyWire as your default for texting.

Thumbs a little tired of tapping? Want different ways to create a message? If your Android device supports voice-to-text or the Swype Keyboard, then go ahead and compose a message with the power of your voice or a Swype of your finger across the keyboard.

“We’re on a mission to make staying connected with friends and family easy, regardless of location, messaging platform or device,” said Meredith Flynn-Ripley, CEO of HeyWire. “By rolling out the HeyWire service to Android users, we’re coming a lot closer to making our vision a reality. With thousands of people already downloading HeyWire on their iPhones, iPads and iPod Touches daily, we’re excited to see the same explosive growth among Android users.”

Grab the HeyWire app for Android, iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch, get access to the web version in beta, and start connecting with friends and family around the world for free!

About HeyWire
HeyWire™, brought to you by MediaFriends, Inc., is a real-time social messaging hub that empowers consumers worldwide to connect with each other in better ways using text messaging (SMS), Facebook, Twitter and IM on virtually any Internet connected device. For more information, please visit

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  1. Phil4

     /  February 26, 2011

    Check ReChat (facebook chat for android):
    – multiple accounts;
    – plain/bubble views. Customize avatar/font sizes.
    – font packs (download separate apk to keep memory).
    – full Unicode support;
    – favorites (always in contact list);
    – customize income message notification: default sound/your sound file, LED, vibration, status bar notification.
    – chat history. Export (email) selected messages, open chat messages, whole history for a contact, whole history for all contacts. Archive attachment with 7zip.

    Facebook features:
    – all non-chat permissions are revoked, customize period, “revoke now”.
    – upload image/short video (several share options)
    – send image/short video to a contact (private wall post).
    – send message to a contact (as a private event or private wall post).
    – set status message.

  2. Phil4

     /  March 24, 2011

    Check Free SMS (RefineAndroid):
    – worldwide;
    – several providers (a huge number of countries and carriers/operators);
    – with replies (for USA/Canada);
    – it’s free for the SMS recipient. Some providers do charge for receiving SMS if the recipient sends a confirmation SMS;
    – history (removable).

    Providers add minor ad block at the end of SMS messages.

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