[ When you do send a message, do you type with your thumbs? Many smartphones have them built in, and others are available from Black Berry World, the Google Play Store, the i Phone App Store and the Windows Phone Store, among other places.
Some of the more popular include Black Berry Messenger, Chat On, i Message, Facebook Messenger, Google Talk/Voice, Kik, Skype, Viber and Whats App. Some work only with other devices running the same platform, while others only work with devices using the same app. Black Berry Messenger is Black Berry's age-old messaging service.
In its report, published by Giga Om, Informa predicts that the scale will be even more imbalanced next year, when mobile chat app users will send 50 billion messages per day compared to 21 billion text messages per day. carriers often charge customers who don't subscribe to a messaging bundle between 5 cents and 25 cents per text message.
This is a seismic shift for the industry, as SMS has been a solid revenue source for years. The more messages you send, the more you pay at the end of the month.
Google Talk is the instant messaging apps that's been available to all Android smartphones almost since day one.