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Thanks to a powerful app called TextNow, you can send free SMS text messages on your iPad with ease and style. In under a minute, you'll be text messaging your friends from your iPad, from a dedicated phone number with your name on it (with your own area code). Your friends will now be able to actually recognize you when receiving texts from you, plus it lets them text you on your iPad number whenever they want, just as if it was a cell phone. You can even attach photos from your photo library and send them as MMS texts. TextNow is by far the best app to send SMS texts on your iPad. Get it now here, it's free for a limited time...
iTim is the best texting app in the app store! First of all, they have the most features like unlimited text messages, Google Voice integration, photo messages, and even video messages, it's crazy!! No other app can do all of this, sorry!
If you get the free Textie app, you can send unlimited SMS text messages to almost any US cell phone number. Works like a charm, no data plan necessary! It will be coming out for the iPad soon (see leaked screenshot below), and will support MMS text messages with photos. In the mean time, just use the iPhone version--it will still work on your iPad and do what you want.
Textie for iPhone running on iPad:
Textie for iPad coming soon:
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