Even though we are in the world of instant messaging, Twitter, and text messages, voice calls are still the best way to share your ideas quickly and efficiently. Not only are you able to instantly grasp the context of words, but you are also able to speak replies quicker than you can type. However, there is a major flaw with voice calls: The two parties must be available at the same time.
Enter Voxer. This application for iOS devices mixes the best of voice calls and text messaging. With the app, you can send a voice note to someone, and at their convenience, they can listen to it and send back a reply. Best of all, you can do this for free and you don't need any text messaging plan.
AT&T has limited their texting plans to only two options: paying $20 a month for unlimited texting, or paying per text. Hmm, doesn't seem like there's much choice there, especially if all you need text message for is a few quick notes a month. It's not like texting really costs the carriers gobs of money, and shouldn't we get a break after all we pay for data and voice?
Fortunately, with the advent of smartphones, there are other alternatives. The iTunes App Store is chock full of texting apps, and we've rounded up a few of them for you. Of course, all of this may become less important when iMessage comes out with iOS 5, but until then, click through the gallery below for some free texting options you can use right now.
Going bar hopping tonight? Or perhaps you're scaling that awesome hill a few miles away from home? Let your friends know what you're up to with the location services in Google Maps. You can share your location with anyone via text message or email, and you can push the location straight through to your car's GPS. iPod touch and iPad users can do the same. Read on to find out how.