Regular chat apps just don’t cut it anymore. Users are looking for messengers that combine chatting with text messaging and much more. Searching for an all-in-one messaging app? With free text messages to all mobile networks and a whole set of other cool features, yuilop Gratis SMS & Messenger is definitely worth a try. Find out if you should invest any time into downloading another messenger.
|Reviewed version||Latest version|
|1.2.5 (2612)||Varies with device|
Features & Use
The first question that pops into my mind: do we really need another messenger? Aren’t there enough of them as it is? It’s a legitimate question given the fact that apps like WhatsApp and Skype are immensely popular among users worldwide. But yuilop has one feature that makes it different than any comparable messaging app in the market. Not only does yuilop allow you to chat with your friends, but it also lets you send free (yes, absolutely FREE) text messages to people in over 100 countries.
The app has been around for a while now and yuilop Gratis SMS & Messenger is gaining a lot of traction on the Android Market. Personally, I’ve been a fan of the app for a while now it’s a real money-saver for people that like myself that are absolutely addicted to texting. Recently, the app has gotten a major facelift with its latest major update, which added a few neat features.
Installation: At 3.3MB yuliop has a manageable size considering how many functions it has. After the latest update the app includes the following features:
- Free texting to over 100 countries (160 symbols and ad-free)
- Unlimited online chatting via yuilop Messenger
- Full integration with Facebook chat, access to offline contacts
- Send smileys, pictures and your location to your yuliop contacts
- 1-click quick replies with the SMS Widget (reply to your incoming texts with one click for free)
- Improved UI and better usability
- Share numbers with one click
- Send text messages via yuliop directly from your phone’s phonebook
- Several ringtones to choose from for texts and calls
- Free additional mobile number for sending text messages for free
- Coming soon: group chat, VoIP, desktop pictures, SMS backup and free calling to all networks
After the installation process has been completed, you’ll be asked to create a yupio account by entering in your current mobile number. Shortly afterwards you’ll receive a confirmation code which you’ll need to provide to complete the registration.
As I’ve already mentioned, yuilop uses a unique method to allow users to send text messages worldwide, absolutely free. The system used to send free text messages is called Energy (a bit corny, I admit). After you’ve completed your user profile, you’ll already have enough “energy” to start texting for free. The only catch is that the more free text messages you send, the less energy you have left over at the end of the day. So it’s important to always have a constant supply of energy to keep your free text messages going. There are several ways to increase your energy levels:
- Chat with your yuliop contacts
- Receive text messages from yuliop numbers (more info below)
- In-app activities (there’s always a small battery icon displaying your current energy levels at the top right of the screen)
In order to enjoy the lovely world of free texting, you’ll have to create your own yuliop number. The app gives you several different numbers to choose from. You can share your new phone number with others via email. It takes a good five minutes to fill out the registration form for a yuliop number, but it’s worth every second once you finally get one.
Using free text messages and emails you can invite your friends to join you on yuliop.
Having played around with the app for a while, I can tell you that it works perfectly on my Nexus S. With the latest update, I can now easily share my pictures with my yuliop contacts. And most importantly: the free text messages are an absolute godsend! Not only are they free, but they actually work and are integrated directly into your chat history. The same thing goes for your Facebook contacts. As far as I understood, each outgoing free text message will cost you 5% of your energy levels. The good news is that you can replenish your reserves by chatting and receiving text messages. If one of your contacts has a yuliop number in addition to their regular number, this information is displayed directly underneath each contact.
Via the menu button you can adjust the app’s settings and synch yuliop with your Facebook account.
Bottom Line: In terms of sheer awesomeness, yuliop outshines Skype, WhatsApp and most of its messaging competitors. The whole energy concept and the possibility of sending free text messages is really innovative. A free app with free texting? What more could you wish for? The Facebok integration is also really well-done and yuliop works better for chatting than Facebook Chat itself. Keeping in mind all of the new features in the pipeline, all I can say is: well done and keep up the good work!
SPECIAL PROMOTION! Only this week AndroidPIT users receive double the regular amount of free text messages!
Screen & Controls
Visually, yuilop Gratis SMS & Messenger looks really good. The color scheme is nice, the menu is easy to use and the UI provides quick access to all your features. Once you’ve gotten the hang of how the Energy system works (and trust me, it doesn’t take long), you’ll be drooling over the amount of free text messages you can squeeze out of this app.
Speed & Stability
Based on personal experience, I can tell you that yuilop Gratis SMS & Messenger didn’t crash once under my watch. Sending and receiving texts/chats is instantaneous and switching between menus is also very smooth. Your contact list can get a bit laggy if you have a ton of contacts, but it’s not a huge issue.
In a world where nothing is free, it’s almost hard to believe that yuilop offers chatting and text messages – at absolutely no charge! Who doesn’t like free stuff? This app is a definite thumbs-up. And since yuilop Gratis SMS & Messenger is this week’s App of the Week, our AndroidPIT readers receive double the amount of free text messages, exclusively through our App Center this week. So what are you waiting for?