It is the age of smartphone users and instant messaging. Remember the old SMS? There was a time when SMS ruled high-speed communication, people thought it to be the ultimate, and then Whatsapp happened, and the data rates dropped with improvement in internet speeds, and comparatively higher prices for calls and SMS from tele – operators ushered in a new era for instant messaging. It was followed by TextNow introducing free voice calls, and now there is no looking back.
Even though today, there are some messaging apps in the app stores, some providing better package than these two, Whatsapp and TextNow are still people first choice for instant communication. As of 2016, Facebook announced that Whatsapp has 1.2 billion active users sending tens of billions of messages each day.
It may seem like that Whatsapp holds the instant messaging market in its hand, but a close competitor to them is TextNow, with reportedly 800 million users. These huge numbers are staggering, and you may want to know what works for these messaging app. Here is a list of features which make these two apps user’s first choice:
- Straightforward interface
Whatsapp interface is straightforward and clear which gives a sense of stability to the user. It is easy to use as you can start using it as soon you download and install it. Features like when a contact is available and is typing, the clean interface is always its high point. In keeping with trends, the Whatsapp now feature 24 hours status updates along with the much loved old state. TextNow interface, being similar to Whatsapp is simple and functional. It has the richer interface which is intuitive. You can use iMessage for PC from here to have a look at the app.
- Good quality of voice call and video calls
Whatsapp started with the focus on text messaging and now offers voice and video call facilities too. TextNow started with voice calling, so they are more experienced and have better voice quality calls which are crisp and clear. However, Whatsapp despite being new to the game still offers decent quality calls with better performance even with less than ideal network connections.
Both offer decent video calls quality, which is an added plus.
- Completely free and no ads
Both of these are completely free (Whatsapp having dropped that $1 plans in 2016) and don’t bombard the user with ads to compensate for it. After all, nothing ruins a good conversation than a pop-up ad. The apps are free as they use the data connection. Thus, the only cost is the internet connection.
Messaging, voice call, and video calls are free in both Whatsapp and TextNow. TextNow also provides TextNow out service, to connect to anyone in the world without a TextNow number for a flat fee.
- No need to create account or add contacts separately
Both the apps are very easy to setup. No need to create an account or add the contacts separately. Using your number as the identifier, the apps will automatically find the people using them and build up your contact list.
- Widely used
Whatsapp is the highest rated app on the playstore. With over a billion user, chances are that your friends and their grandmas are on Whatsapp. TextNow, with 800 million users is a close competitor. Hence, it is very likely to find people you know and connects with effortlessly.
- Group chats
Groups are one the best feature offered by these two and everyone one us are part of at least one group or more. It is a place where some people are brought together, and everyone can post messages to everyone else and see what anyone posts. Group are the new social groups and are a great way for mass communication and getting information.
TextNow also has public groups, where you can join and interact with celebrities.
- Provide end – to – end encryption
For all those concerned with security, Whatsapp provides end – to – end encryption for all calls and messages. Even Whatsapp cannot read your messages.
TextNow has also placed encryption system for all the communication. From TextNow 6.0, the encryption keys are kept only on the clients themselves, and not even TextNow itself has access to them.
You can also block annoying people and hide your status.
- Desktop apps
Both the apps provide desktop counter – parts for their app version. In TextNow, you can use the desktop version to make and receive calls and messages. All devices you are using TextNow on are synched. It even allows transferring calls between devices.
Whatsapp and TextNow are supported by nearly all the operating mobile devices in the market. Whatsapp compatibility starts from Nokia S40 phones whereas TextNow starts from Nokia S40 Symbian.
The apps are offered for Android, iOS, and windows.
- Send photos, video clips and voice messages
You can share notes, photos, memes, GIFs, MMS, voice clips, set your profile and spice up your conversation with emoticons and stickers. Instant messaging apps are more than just messaging apps, and these two do what they are made to do and more.
Simplicity and Virality have what made Whatsapp unbeatable. It is a wise old man which everyone can rely on. When it was launched, it was one of its kind and has only grown in features while maintaining its clean interface. TextNow, on the other hand, is full of features which make it an excellent app and it is always fun to be on TextNow. You can even play games on it.