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From the staff of the Tampa Bay Times

textPlus beta available for Windows phones

13

March

textPlus, a mobile social messaging provider, announced it's bringing free texting to Windows phones. Users can download a beta version at the Windows Phone Marketplace, where they can get a free phone number to start texting for free to any mobile number is the United States, Canada and worldwide. Here are some of its features:

Live Tiles: Chat in real-time by pinning the app, important conversations and communities to your home screen so you never miss a conversation.

Personalization: Set your theme and accent colors on your phone. Opt-in on textPlus to carry that theme color over.

Panorama: This view shows a dashboard that's easy to navigate and display your conversations, friends and communities in one place.

Available for Windows Phone 7.5, including Nokia phones and the upcoming Lumia 900.

"textPlus is one of the most popular apps for Android and Apple phones and devices -- downloaded over 25 million times -- and we plan to replicate that success for Windows Phone," said Scott Lahman, Founder and CEO of textPlus. "We're betting on the Windows Phone platform for its differentiated user experience that has enabled us to build an absolutely gorgeous app that users will love."

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 13, 2012 9:17am]

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