textPlus Debuts Real Phone Numbers

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Free one-to-one & social group texting app offers real phone numbers to users, surpasses four billion messages sent, 10 million downloads

We're excited to unveil phone numbers and grow our network, which is already 25 million strong

A mere month after debuting its enormously popular free picture messaging features and just a few days after delivering its four billionth message, the group social texting app textPlus shows no signs of slowing down: today, textPlus announces it is handing out real phone numbers.

Phone numbers enable even more seamless interaction between those using the app and those on regular text messaging plans. With a textPlus phone number, friends can text app users the same way they text anyone with a mobile phone -- by entering a phone number.

Smartphone users can use textPlus phone numbers as second lines. Plus, phone numbers are available to use on non-phone devices, like the iPod touch and iPad, via WiFi, effectively turning connected devices into texting machines. Now, even kids without a cell phone can have their very own phone number to give out to friends.

“We’re excited to unveil phone numbers and grow our network, which is already 25 million strong,” said Scott Lahman, CEO of textPlus-creator GOGII. “Our primary objective here isn’t to get people calling again – it’s about facilitating connections between users of our app and the huge market of SMS texters. textPlus phone numbers make it that much easier for people to engage with textPlus users, interact with their friends and chat about their favorite topics in our Communities, all over text.”

Phone numbers are just the latest feature from the fast-growing textPlus, whose social Communities scene has exploded. Public and private topic-driven Community groups are created in the textPlus app as hangouts to text about anything and everything (remember AOL chatrooms from the 90s?). Users open the app, search topics from GLEE to NFL teams to video games, find what they’re looking for, tap to join and hang out to discuss and swap photos about their favorite topics.

Since its launch in June 2009, textPlus has quickly become one of the most popular and social text messaging applications available, with a network of 25 million people, and over 4 billion messages sent. Available on all iDevices and Android phones, textPlus has been downloaded 10 million times.

textPlus offers the option to get a free phone number or select a specific area code and number for $1.99/year. textPlus phone numbers are, for now, available to U.S. users. International users can continue to use textPlus for free app-to-app messaging anywhere in the world, and Canadians can also text within Canada and to the U.S. using the textPlus short code, 60611.

The latest version of textPlus, with phone numbers, can be downloaded here.

About textPlus
textPlus brings free, ad-supported real, group and Community texting to the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Android phones through both its mobile application, and permanent short code, 60611 and real phone numbers. For iDevices, the app recently added photo features including Face Text and picture sharing technology to enhance social interaction and enjoyment in the app. textPlus is carrier and Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) compliant and enables seamless interaction between app users and their friends using regular text messaging (SMS).

GOGII (go-jee) is a mobile communications technology company and creator of the textPlus app. GOGII is a U.S.-based startup backed by venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Matrix Partners. GOGII was founded in 2007 by the three founders of JAMDAT Mobile, the leading mobile entertainment publisher that was acquired by Electronic Arts in 2006.


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