Textfree Voice + VM—the app that lets iPhone users make calls and send free texts over Wi-Fi—has been upgraded with a new voicemail feature.
Pinger launched version 5.0.1 of the app earlier this month in the App Store. The addition of voicemail rounds out a set of features that help iPhone users avoid using up the talk minutes and paid texts under their wireless contracts; it also enables iPod touch users to use that device as a phone in Wi-Fi environments.
Textfree is similar to Google Voice, Skype ( Macworld rated 4.5 out of 5 mice ), and Talkatone—apps that also enable voice and text communication. Users can make free calls to other devices that are also running the Textfree app, and the app offers unlimited free texts; inbound calls to the app are also free. Users pay to call numbers outside the Pinger network ($2 for 100 minutes of talk time), but they can earn free minutes by watching videos or "completing offers" within the app.
The Textfree app is free, and is compatible with devices running iOS 3.1 or later.