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Text messaging can add up very quickly, even if you have a plan through your phone service provider. For users in the Philippines, Chikka Text Messenger claims to offer free text messaging, but, sadly, we never made it past the Sign In page to find out how it performs.
To start, Chikka asks for access to your Contacts, which is typical of these types of apps. If you don't already have a Chikka account, you'll have to create one by using your Globe, Smart, or Sun mobile phone to register, or by entering your e-mail address. Because we didn't have one of the three aforementioned mobile phones, we used our e-mail address. We entered it and tapped Sign Up, only to receive a message stating that "An error has occurred. Please try again after a few minutes," which we did, without any luck. We were told after our second try that we had successfully signed up and to check our e-mail for verification, but the e-mail never appeared, not even in our Junk Mail folder. So, after all was said and done, we never made it past Chikka's Sign In page to find out what the app was all about.
If you're looking for a free way to text message your friends in the Philippines, we recommend you look for a more reliable app that actually works.
Chikka Text Messenger for the iPhone lets you send text-messages (SMS) to the Philippines, FREE OF CHARGE! Your friends can also reply to your messages instantly. We recommend that you register your Philippine Mobile Number when using Chikka Text Messenger. That way, in case you are offline, you will still receive messages as SMS. If you do not have a Philippine Mobile Number, create a non mobile PC account and just stay online to keep on sending and receiving messages from your friends and family in the Philippines.
What's new in this version:
1. Updated overall color scheme.2. Improved user interface.3. Added Message Themes and Font sizes. To personalize, go to Settings then Messages.4. Introducing the all new Contacts section. You can sort your contacts in four different ways: Show All, Show Chikka Buddies Only, Show PH Numbers Only, and Show Favorites. To adjust your Contacts List, go to Settings then Contacts.