Ever try to make plans with a group of friends, and have to send the same message to all of them, only to have to reply with the same answers to all of them? Wouldn't it be much easier if you were able to just text one number, and have it go to all of your friends, creating a group SMS message? The folks at GroupMe had the same idea, and they have released an application that will do just that; make it easy and effective for people to SMS with a group of people.

Simply launch the application, search your contacts for the people you wish to be in the group, create the group, and boom, you are assigned a number. This number is the one that will be used to send messages to, and all the people in that group will receive them, and be able to reply to it, making planning events a piece of cake. Additionally, not only are you able to send SMS but you can call that number as well, which creates a conference call between all of your friends in that group. If you are looking for a free, yet extremely simple and effective way to communicate with a group of friends, you will want to head into the Android market, and check out GroupMe. If you have friends on BlackBerry devices, be sure to let them know it has just gone into beta for them. Download information after the break.



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Android Quick App - GroupMe


I used this for a little while. Works well with my iphone friend using data. The big problem is on Blackberry it still uses text. So my friends dropped the app real fast.

this is one of the best applications i have on my Droid X and Droid 2. It makes it even better to know that it allows non-smartphone owners to engage in these features. When you receive a message from the number, it shows the name of the author and then the message.

Seems like Google Voice would be the way to go these days since you can text, etc. Of course you can use Google Chat too.

Since "chat" programs are a dime a dozen, the ability to use SMS thereby working with ALL phones that can txt to effectively create a "group chat room" is very cool and the unique and killer feature.

I have a GroupMe number for the family+uncles+aunts+cousins for example, out of 15 people only two have smart phones.

You don't even need the app, it just makes it easier to do the initial invites.

Check ReChat (Android chat):
- Facebook, Yahoo!®, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP;
- group chat (Yahoo!®, Google Talk, XMPP);
- free SMS worldwide BETA (with replies for USA/Canada);
- plain/bubble view, font packs, send image/video;

Facebook features: upload image/video, send image/video, send message (as private event or wall post).
Yahoo!® features: conferences (create/invite), add/remove contacts.
Google Talk features: group chat, new email notification, unread emails w/o content.
Jabber/XMPP features: rooms (create/invite), add/remove contacts.