An amazing new app called Kik Chat has hit the market today. Kind of like Skype for texting, Kik Chat allows you to text anyone for free, regardless of carrier or device. Currently the app is available for BlackBerry Bold 9000, Bold 9700, Tour, 8300, 8500, 8800 and 8900 with Storm and Storm2 being added in the next couple of weeks. And for those of you rocking an iPhone or with iPhone friends, it is available for them as well, with Android devices to follow in the near future.
With a smooth UI and very intuitive controls, I had Kik Chat set up and I was sending my first free texts in just a couple of minutes. This app seamlessly integrates into your messages inbox, and if you use BlackBerry Messenger you will feel right at home in the chat. Kik has implemented the “D” and “R” indicators so that you know if your text was delivered and read, just like in BBM! No more excuses like “I didn’t get your text”.
Here is a quick rundown of how Kik Chat works:
- INSTANT: Just start texting any mobile phone number in your phone’s address book and we automatically get it through. You can forget about requesting or following your friends, or trying to figure out who is and isn’t on Kik.
- UNLIMITED FREE KIK-TO-KIK: Get unlimited, free texting to all Kik users! So send your friends a free Kik message telling them to join.
- TWO WAY KIK-TO-NON-KIK: Stay connected to non-Kik users with 50 free outgoing SMS messages a month (unlimited free incoming). Additional outgoing messages are less than a cent. But hey, why not save the $0.009 by getting your friends to download Kik?
- REAL NUMBERS = REAL RELIABILITY: Thanks to special arrangements with US and Canadian carriers, we send your Kik-to-Non-Kik messages through real mobile phone numbers. That guarantees fast delivery of every Kik-to-Non-Kik text. Nice! Most other services still rely on email to SMS gateways, which means your texts can take up to 8 hours to deliver. Sooo 2009.
- BLACKBERRY AND IPHONE PEACEMAKER: We took the time to develop an awesome app for both BlackBerry AND iPhone. Now you can easily and reliably text your iPhone and BlackBerry friends for free.
- NO LONG DISTANCE SMS CHARGES: Your friends who haven’t yet joined Kik can reply without paying long distance SMS charges. How so? We automatically assign you a local texting phone number in each country we support (currently US and Canada).
- FUNCTIONAL STATUS: Have time to read a message, but not respond? Don’t worry, we won’t rat you out. BBM users know why you’ll love this feature.
I am really excited about using Kik Chat, and I am sure you will be too. Kik has a lot more in store for us in the near future, including plans for adding picture and video sharing and a mobile streaming service for music in the US and Canada.
For more information about Kik Chat, head on over to Kik.com. If you are ready to download and try it out for yourself, Kik Chat is available in BlackBerry App World or you can get it OTA from your BlackBerry browser.
If you try Kik Chat out, be sure to share what you think about it in the comments!