As great and integrated as Apple’s iMessage service is, it only works great if all your friends and family also use iOS devices. But what if you want to chat and talk with people who use Android or even Windows Mobile? In that case, you need an alternative text messaging app for iPad and iPhone, and we have five excellent choices for you.
WhatsApp is one of the most popular instant messaging apps across all operating systems. The chances are that many of your friends already are on WhatsApp. And if not, you can easily invite them to join you. WhatsApp uses regular phone numbers instead of usernames, integrating seamlessly into the address book.
With WhatsApp, you can make free calls—even internationally—send text and multimedia messages, create group chats, and enjoy built-in end-to-end encryption that prevents your messages from being read by anyone besides the person you’re communicating with.