While there are many other apps that provide free text messaging, I haven't found one as simple and easy to use as TextNow. One thing that is so great about TextNow is that you can create a real looking number. So unlike Skype and many others that show either too many digits or too little, this app will give you a standard 10 digit number. To make it even better, you can choose from a few different area codes around the US. Setting up an account only takes a few seconds and you can text away.
The app is a great way to separate your business from your personal life... or maybe live a second life? Either way this app is free and provide many other features I have yet to discover. If you want to dumb down your texting plan or have a separate number, this is the app for you.
TextNow - Unlimited Free Texting and Picture Messaging (SMS & MMS) for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store