If you use instant messengers and tried to link them to your mobile device, you'll know that sending and receiving text messages has a steep price! Sending text messages to a cell phone through AIM for instance can cause insane charges to the receiver's bill because they aren't considered regular text messages, but web messages.
Now there's a free downloadable program where you can input someone's phone number and send them text messages totally free from your computer! Let's say your cell phone was damaged and you're waiting for a replacement, this is a great way to keep in contact with the people you know. Also its a nice way to store numbers as a backup rather than paying your phone company a ridiculous amount of money for them to store you phone contacts.
Right now free texting through this site is available in:
* Hong Kong (Smart 1528 only)
* Indonesia (XLcom only)
* United States
* United Kingdom
You can also use the program through the website rather than download the messenger. You have absolutely nothing to lose, so bookmark and visit http://www.chikka.com/ now!
Update On Sep 04, 2009: Standard messaging rates apply for cell phone providers like Sprint, Alltel, Verizon, AT&T, Nextel, and many more. Sending Chikka TXT from your PC is absolutely free however receiving them has a few special conditions that may cost them, so check out http://messenger.chikka.com/help/rates.html