If you use an Android device and want to text from your computer, MightyText is a great option.
What I Don't Like About Google Voice:
- I often receive 'who is this?' texts because people don't have both numbers stored in their phone.
- Messages don't sync well with my phone and conversations aren't always in chronological order.
- On my Samsung Galaxy S3, it's hard to tell which number the person is receiving the messages from because they all appear in the standard messaging app.
- Texts I send to the same person in a single conversation may appear in separate threads because I alternate between texting from Google Voice and my cell phone.
All in all, it makes for a rather confusing thread to follow. But, because I love the convenience of texting from my computer, I've stuck with Google Voice for this purpose for several years.
Recently though, I discovered a better option: MightyText.
MightyText is an app that lets you text from your computer using your own phone number. There is also a Chrome extension that allows texting right from your gmail inbox, in a similar format to Hangout Chat (formerly Google Talk).
What I Like About MightyText:
- Syncing to my phone is almost immediate.
- Recipients have no idea that I'm texting from my computer vs. my phone.
- I can pick up the conversation on my phone with no missing texts in the thread.
- In contrast to online texting options my service provider offers, my contacts are automatically synced from my phone. (After all, what's the point of texting from your computer if you have to manually type all the numbers?!)
- It has a nice UI, with several ways to view messages (including one reminiscent of a Pinterest board that lets me manage multiple conversations at once).
Are you interested in trying MightyText? Install their Chrome app or just go to mightytext.net for instructions on how to use it with your Android device (phone or tablet).
Disclosure: I'm not being compensated by MightyText, nor was I asked to write this post by them. I'm just a happy user and wanted to share my experience.
|Jenna Weiner is a rather geeky girl with average social skills and an affinity for: Google Apps, Salesforce.com, Pinterest, Firefly, dresses, indoor plants and life-hacking.
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