Wednesday, August 10, 2011
textPlus Adds Free Numbers In Canada
Los Angeles-based GOGII, the text messaging app developer behind textPlus, said Tuesday that it has started offering up free phone numbers for texting in Canada. The firm, which is headed by former JAMDAT Mobile co-founder Scott Lahman, said that the new features will allow users in Canada to have free, unlimited texting with anyone, whether they use textPlus or not. textPlus runs on Android and iOS, and allows users to send and receive text messages, without requiring a text messaging plan on their phone. The firm's text messaging service also runs on non-phone devices, such as the iPod touch or iPad. The new Canadian phone support comes as part of a partnership with Iristel, a voice-over-IP operator operating in Canada. Iristel will be providing the real phone numbers for the texting support in Alberta, British Columbia, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec. GOGII is venture backed by Matrix Partners, GRP Partners, and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers iFund.