Posted by: Justin Wallace | September 15, 2010

ResourceRoom :: FREE Group Texting

My good friend and HOCM contributor, Joe Blanchard, pointed this great resource out to me.

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but today’s college student communicates mainly through text messages. They argue via text message, they plan via text message, they date via text message (have you seen the new sprint commercial?) and for the most part they ignore all other types of communication.

So, we have been researching several Group Texting Services. For the past year we’ve been using Tatango. For smaller groups (and those without an iphone) this works fantastic. It’s fairly inexpensive for smaller groups and the customer service is fast and on the ball.

But, when you start talking about sending large amounts of text messages per month it gets pricey.

Well this resource is FREE for those of us that have an iphone. It’s called Group Text. It’s an app for the iphone and it links up with your address book. You enter the phone numbers into your address book (we created a group called Impact TXTs) and then you open the app, choose the group and create the message. The messages are sent through your unlimited text plan with AT&T. It’s simple, clean and FREE!.

One disclaimer. There is more work on your end with this service. You have to enter the phone numbers and delete them when people don’t want to receive them. But for us it’s going to save us $200 a month…that’s a big deal and it’s worth a little more man power time.

If you have any questions please feel free to post them below and I’ll do my best to answer them.

Check out Group Text HERE.

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Responses

  1. this might be just the rationalization I need to get an iphone…
    🙂

  2. I think it completely justifies it! ha! But seriously…so many great resources.

  3. We use TextMarks. Students can subscribe and unsubscribe. And it’s free if you allow a little ad on the bottom of the text that no one looks at anyway.

    You can send the texts from your computer or your phone.

  4. This is what I’ve been looking for. The only thing I have to consider is whether I want ALL of our students to have my personal phone number.


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