Alright, so this past weekend I was introduced to GroupMe. It is a group messaging platform that allows you to add a bunch of contacts and then all use one phone number to communicate to the group. This eliminates the issues with “who is on that group”, especially when you have a non-smartphone…
I just set it up with my family as a test to see how the service works, and it seems everyone is pleased to have an easy way to communicate with everyone. I decided to try it because we have some who have disabled group messaging (and some whose phones didn’t do it well) which means their replies get lost from most of the group. There is an android app and iphone app, but one of the best parts is that you can just communicate with sms.
As a note though, pictures sent as mms messages don’t seem to go through. If you send them from the app they come through as a URL, so this is something to be aware of.
So, if you have a group and you want to text easily, give it a try!