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    Published: 2011-08-25, by Manu Galvez.

    GroupMe is a cross-platform phone number-based chat and SMS with push notifications

    • Group chats with calling conference
    • Share media files
    • Questions and promoted groups
    • News feeds
    • Push notifications, send SMS not to lost it when poor connection
    • Needs tutorial, specially for new features (questions, promoted groups)

    "Mobile communication: where's the limit?"

    Actually, it works quite similar to other well-known phone number-based chats like Kakaotalk, Whatsapp or Pingchat!. However, it has specific features that should be taken into account. Let's zoom in it.

    First off, you need to introduce your country (code) and your phone number, and then create an GroupMe account (it isn't optional). Then you get full access to the app. The first that catches your attention is the layout, which is even better than others. Actually its interface is more user-friendly, understandable and good-looking. A searching bar on the top to look for contacts and messages. A bottom bar with five tabs: Home, where you can see the open conversations.

    From Contacts tab, you can see all your contacts or the ones who are already using GroupMe. You can invite friends that are not using GroupMe via SMS. Actually, from the contacts site you can send a SMS, add contacts to the a group, call them or send them a GroupMe message. What's more, you can call the "group" and start a conference (every group gets a unique virtual phone number). You can add your location and media file to other contacts. You can see all members location to any message you send.

    The third tab is the "+". From there you can create a new group to talk about a specific issue, ask a question and share it or send a direct GroupMe message). Ask even through the social networks (Facebook and Twitter). People who answer don't need to join the group. From the tab "Specials" you can create groups to talk about given issues and get deals related to them. Finally, news is like a Feed or Wall where you can see things that your contacts are publishing.

    One feature that we really liked is that when you have poor connection, the app can switch you to SMS. This way you'll never miss a message.

    GroupMe has been developed by GroupMe, a developer who has reached great success with this app. Actually, it recently has been acquired by Skype for more than $85 million what's a proof of its reliability.

    GroupMe overtakes other phone number-based chat services in many ways. It should be said that it comes up later, so it integrated all their features and added new ones. However, the questions, the promoted groups, the "news feed" and the conference calling are really good ideas that others don't even have thought. The only flaw is that GroupMe will be a choice to take into account if your group of friends are already using it. That's it, it depends of the amount of people that uses it. In this sense, it doesn't overtake so far the competitors.

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    by Emmanuel , Appszoom

    Aug 25, 2011


    GroupMe - the free, simple way to stay connected with those who matter most.

    Family. Roommates. Friends. Coworkers. Teams. Greek Life. Bands. Faith Groups. Events. Vacations.

    “Lifechanger.... utterly indispensable”

    Add anyone to a group via their phone number or email address. If they are new to GroupMe, they can start chatting over SMS immediately.

    You’re in charge! Choose when and what type of notifications you receive. Mute specific chats, or the entire app – you can even leave or end group chats.

    Go ahead – fall in love with our exclusive emoji.

    Meme images, search and send GIFs, and see content shared from URLs displayed in the chat.

    The gallery saves your memories. Easily explore the photos and videos shared in your group now, or later.

    With direct messages, you can use all the features you love for group chat, but one-on-one. It’s like texting, but better.

    Including from your computer at

    Whether separated by a hallway or a hemisphere, GroupMe allows you to stay in touch with the connections that count. Get your group together.

    We want to hear your feedback!
    Twitter: @GroupMe
    Instagram: @GroupMe

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    NOTE: SMS chat currently available in US only. Standard text messaging rates may apply.
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