July 27, 2010
We're long overdue for a post to let our users know just how much we love them! That's really what it's about here at TxtDrop. The site is close to 5 years old now and continues to grow at an astounding rate, even with the fast paced and sweeping changes in the mobile industry the past few years. What once started as a summer programming project has grown into a widely used free communication tool that has now been used to send for free text messaging over 10.7 million times! By the time you read this we may very well have passed the 11 million free text messages mark!
So what exactly have we been up to? We'll, we're involved in a lot of outside projects and mobile apps have really taken over. Whether or not TxtDrop will release an iPhone app or an Android app is a question that still remains to be answered. While we've progressed with our programming skills, we're still not up-to-par at Objective-C programming, the language that powers iPhone apps. We've seen some pretty sophisticated free text messaging apps in the App Store, so it may not make sense for us to try to reinvent the wheel.
What about a TxtDrop API? We've explored this idea too, but we're not sure we could support the incredible volume of messages that this might result in! We could very well hit 100 million free text messages in no time if we released an API! Unfortunately, we're not so sure that all these messages would be legitimate either. Spam text messaging continues to be a serious security concern.
What we can guarantee you that we will do, is continue to keep the service relevant and offer advanced features in the future. We'd love to hear your feedback about what type of things you'd like to see. Want to be able to schedule a text? What about sending messages to multiple numbers? Or advanced carrier selection options? If you'd like your voice to be heard, we encourage you to drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your continued use of TxtDrop for all your free text messaging needs!
December 28, 2009
TxtDrop recently underwent a database update! Downtime was minimal and everything is back to normal now. This major update means more cell phones throughout the U.S. and Canada are now supported by TxtDrop and our proven "auto-carrier detection" technology! Our Holiday gift to you, our loyal users! Viva la free text messaging!
October 18, 2009
If you haven't noticed our counter at the top of the pages, TxtDrop has now been used to send almost 6.5 million free text messages from the internet! When we started TxtDrop in 2005, we thought it would be a cool idea and that it might catch on, and it looks like it has! More than we could ever imagine. Thank you to all TxtDrop users! If you like TxtDrop you'll love PixDrop.com for free text messaging and RingerDrop.com for free ringtones! (PixDrop recently hit more than 1 million picture messages sent! And that was before AT&T rolled out picture messaging to iPhone users. Exciting times ahead.)
September 7, 2008
TxtDrop recently suffered an extended period of unexpected downtime due to a hosting problem. The issue has been fixed and messages should now be delivered faster than ever! We apologize for the inconvenience and lack of communication until now.
April 23, 2008
We're excited to announce that we are beginning work on a few new additional free text messaging tools for our millions of users! We don't want to give away everything that we're working on, but we have neglected to update this news section so far this year and wanted to make up for it as soon as possible! We're really focused on additional features that users have been requesting and we've come up with some new ones in the process that we think everyone will appreciate. Free text messaging is just going to get better and better in 2008 at TxtDrop!
December 24, 2007
Today TxtDrop.com, one of the largest providers of free text messaging services, is proudly announcing it has now been used to send over one million free text messages collectively from its website, widgets, and iPhone application. Less than just six months ago TxtDrop was celebrating its 500,000th free text message.
In just over two years since its official launch TxtDrop has sent more than 1,000,000 free text messages, launched one of the first free MySpace text messaging widgets for social networks, a free Mac OS X Dashboard Widget, a free Windows Vista Sidebar gadget and an iPhone web application.
"Hitting the one million message milestone is huge for us. We sent over a half a million free text messages in the last two quarters of 2007 alone! We want to thank every one of our users for supporting our service."
TxtDrop ignited the free text messaging revolution in 2005 with the launch of TxtDrop.com. Today, TxtDrop continues to be a leader in its field by bringing its service to a magnitude of different platforms.
October 1, 2007
Today TxtDrop.com is proudly launching its number blocking tool, allowing anyone who chose to stop receiving messages from TxtDrop users to easily do so. TxtDrop's public number blocking tool is a significant step for TxtDrop's message recipients who wish to opt-out of messages. TxtDrop's new tool also helps prevent harassing or abusive text messages from being sent.
Earlier this year TxtDrop was the first text messaging service to introduce a harassment filter, blocking messages, that may automatically be deemed inappropriate or harassing, from being sent from TxtDrop.com.
TxtDrop is committed to protecting the privacy and safety of its users, and its message recipients, and will continue to add tools as needed or requested by its users.
TxtDrop's number blocking tool can be found at http://www.txtdrop.com/block.php
September 24, 2007
Today TxtDrop.com, a provider of free SMS text messaging services, is proudly announcing it now offers two-way text messaging from its website, enabling it's users to send free text messages and receive replies to messages at a desired email address. TxtDrop's update today comes as a result of users requests and months of testing through the use of TxtDrop's free downloadable desktop widgets and gadgets. TxtDrop's popular iPhone application for free text messaging also supports two-way text messaging.
"Free two-way text messaging is a significant improvement for our users. Possibly one of the most significant improvements we've ever made to the service." said company officials. "Two-way text messaging enables our users and their message recipients to seamlessly carry on their conversations. We've gotten a lot of requests from users to add this feature so they can receive replies to their messages and we think they'll be pleased that we've added the feature."
TxtDrop's free two-way text messaging is supported by most large carriers in the United States and Canada with the exception of AT&T, formerly Cingular. AT&T's text messaging gateways currently overwrite the sending address field with their own 5 digit text messaging shortcode, leaving TxtDrop without a workaround.
July 24, 2007
Today TxtDrop.com, a provider of free SMS text messaging services, is proudly celebrating its 500,000th free text message being sent from its text messaging service. In under two years, TxtDrop has been used by its users to send more than half a million free text messages through the use of its web site, MySpace Widget, Mac OS X Dashboard Widget, Windows Vista Gadget and its newly released iPhone application. On any given day TxtDrop is now sending more than 3,500 free text messages to cell phones across North America and is on track to sending more than 100,000 free text messages within the next 30 days.
"Our growth is phenomenal these days. We received some great press lately which has given us a nice increase in our user base and our reach." said company officials. "We're really excited that we're on track to sending more than 100,000 free texts within the next 30 days or so. It took us almost 15 months to send our first 100,000 text messages and now we're almost doing that a month. It's incredible!"
July 17, 2007
Today TxtDrop.com is proudly launching the first free text messaging web application for iPhone users. TxtDrop's new iPhone app allows iPhone users to send free text messages from the web, to any mobile phone in the United States or Canada, using an interface fine-tuned for the iPhone's web browser. TxtDrop's iPhone interface is fast and lightweight and makes use of all available screen space when using the iPhone's on-screen keyboard.
TxtDrop's free text messaging iPhone app can be found at http://www.txtdrop.com/iphone. An Apple iPhone or Safari's Webkit software is required to view the application properly. TxtDrop's iPhone interface also allows users to receive replies to their texts straight to their email where they can continue their text messaging conversation.
"We've been paying close attention to all the apps coming out for iPhone users. We saw the need for a free text messaging app specifically designed for the iPhone's web browser and we jumped all over it." said company officials. "We went out and bought an iPhone last week and made this web app top priority. We wanted to make sure that we were the first to launch a free texting app for all the iPhone users to take advantage of. We think it'll be a hit and only get better over time."
More information about TxtDrop.com's new free SMS iPhone app can be found at http://www.txtdrop.com/iphone-app.php.
July 6, 2007
Today TxtDrop.com has been updated to offer better support for the "new" AT&T, which includes former Cingular Wireless and former AT&T Wireless subscribers. This also means improved free text messaging to Apple iPhone users!
July 2, 2007
Today TxtDrop.com is proud to announce it now supports free text messaging to Centennial wireless subscribers in the United States and Puerto Rico. TxtDrop's update comes as a direct result of feedback and testing from site users. Centennial wireless is one of the most popular CDMA wireless network operators in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic.
"We had a lot of requests from our growing user base in Puerto Rico to add support for Centennial subscribers. We worked directly with a few of these users and we're able to add support for Centennial very quickly thanks to their help." said company officials.
TxtDrop's update today also increases the reach of its free MySpace widget, free Mac OS X widget and free Windows Vista gadget.
June 30, 2007
TxtDrop is growing faster than ever! We used to think it was great that we were sending 10,000 messages a month and now, less than a year later, we're sending upwards of 80,000 free text messages a month! With a free web widget, free Mac OS X Dashboard widget, free Windows Vista Gadget and some secret applications to come, we're ramping things up and expect to be sending more than 100,000 free texts a month in the next few months!
Here are some official stats from TxtDrop:
429,895 free texts sent to date
80,364 free texts sent in the past 30 days
20,168 free texts sent in the past 7 days
2,321 free texts sent in the past 24 hours
69,601 free texts sent to date from the OS X widget
16,866 free texts sent from the OS X widget in the past 30 days
4,455 free texts sent from the OS X widget in the past 7 days
374 free texts sent from the OS X widget in the past 24 hours
12,127 widget downloads!
14,341 free texts sent from the Vista gadget
8,478 free texts sent from the Vista gadget in the past 30 days
2,611 free texts sent from the Vista gadget in the past 7 days
421 free texts sent from the Vista gadget in the past 24 hours
1,170 Vista gadget downloads!
(The Vista gadget numbers are low because, unlike Apple, Microsoft doesn't link directly to our file)
June 1, 2007
Today TxtDrop.com is launching a new page with a comprehensive list of text messaging abbreviations. All you will ever need to know about abbreviations can now be found at TxtDrop.com. Our new abbreviations list is a great reference if you come across an unknown abbreviation, so be sure to bookmark our page!
May 14, 2007
TxtDrop.com, the leader in free text messaging, is proud to announce that it is the first free text messaging service to implement filters to prevent harassing and threatening text messages from being delivered to recipients. TxtDrop.com's filter is the first step the company is taking to keep free text messaging services safe for message recipients.
"We've had some concerns brought to our attention recently by some of our users and some of those who have received messages from our users. We want to proactively address these concerns and make sure that we're doing everything we can to keep everyone happy, and more importantly, safe." said company officials in an interview for this press release.
TxtDrop.com is the first free text messaging service anywhere, to proactively fight abuse and harassment by adding specialized filters.
May 7, 2007
Today TxtDrop.com is proudly announcing that it is now offering improved support and reliability when sending free text messages to Fido and Rogers Wireless subscribers, two of Canada's largest wireless carriers. Fido is also owned and operated by Rogers Wireless.
May 1, 2007
Today TxtDrop.com, the leader in free text messaging, is proudly announcing it has been updated with support for over 20,000 new mobile telephone number exchanges across North America. TxtDrop.com's update means there is now increased support and reliability for the newest cell phone numbers throughout North America. AT&T formerly Cingular, Sprint, Nextel, Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile, Alltel, Cellular One, Dobson, and Boost Mobile numbers now have increased reliability with TxtDrop.com' s free text messaging service.
"Mobile exchanges are the most frequently added exchanges in North America. With more and more cell phone users, there comes the need for more mobile numbers and new exchanges for these numbers. With our latest update, we've seen the biggest increase in additional mobile exchanges in a long time, meaning our users are now able to send messages to more people than ever before!" said company officials.
TxtDrop.com's newest update also increases reliability for its free MySpace widget, Mac OS X Dashboard Widget and Microsoft Windows Vista Sidebar Gadget.
April 10, 2007
TxtDrop.com is proudly launching its free text messaging Sidebar Gadget for Microsoft Windows Vista. TxtDrop.com's new Vista Gadget allows its users to send free text messages to cell phones in the United States and Canada directly from their Microsoft Windows Vista desktop. TxtDrop's Vista Sidebar Gadget is completely free to download and use with no limitations.
Earlier this year TxtDrop.com launched its text messaging Widget for Mac OS X, enabling users to send free texts from their OS X desktop. TxtDrop's Mac OS X Widget and Windows Vista Gadget both enable users to receive replies to their messages at their desired email address, a feature exclusively available at this time through the Widget and Gadget.
"We're excited to officially release our Windows Vista Gadget for all our Windows users and to compliment our OS X Widget. We want to be able to offer our service to as many people as possible!", said company officials.
TxtDrop's Vista Sidebar Gadget supports all major and regional carriers in the United States and Canada, and does not require users to know their recipients mobile carrier. TxtDrop does not share or sell any numbers or information gathered from its service, as some free text messaging sites do.
To download TxtDrop.com's free text messaging Sidebar Gadget for Microsoft Windows Vista visit http://www.txtdrop.com/vista-gadget.php.
April 5, 2007
Today TxtDrop.com added a new feature to its homepage displaying the amount of free message sent in real-time. As of writing this TxtDrop has sent over 235,000 free texts!
March 19, 2007
TxtDrop.com announced today that its free text messaging site has now sent over 200,000 completely free text messages to mobile phone users across the United States and Canada. TxtDrop is now sending more than 35,000 free SMS text messages per month from its flagship site, TxtDrop.com.
TxtDrop.com's increase in traffic and message volume can be attributed to the recent release of its free text messaging widget for Mac OS X. The widget has been downloaded by more than 5000 users in just a few weeks after its release. TxtDrop.com's new OS X widget is great for users that do not have a cell phone or for users that do not want to pay their carriers up to 15 cents to send a text message directly from their cell phone.
TxtDrop.com is also announcing that it is now accepting direct advertisement requests from companies interested in advertising its product on TxtDrop.com's web site or through text messages sent from TxtDrop.com.
February 19, 2007
TxtDrop.com announced today that it is now offering a completely free text messaging Dashboard widget for Mac OS X. TxtDrop.com's new Macintosh OS X widget for Apple computers, allows users to send free text messages right from their desktop. The program also allows users to receive replies to their text messages directly via email, a first for TxtDrop.com.
"We're really excited to finally be releasing this widget, because we've personally been looking forward to this for some time now. We love Mac OS X. So we really wanted to expand our service beyond the web and share it with fellow Apple users.", said company officials.
TxtDrop.com's new OS X widget is great for users that do not have a cell phone or for users that do not want to pay their carriers up to 15 cents to send a text message directly from their cell phone. TxtDrop.com is more advanced than other free text messaging sites, as it does not require users to know the cellular carrier of the phone they are sending text messages to.
TxtDrop.com's Mac OS X Dashboard widget supports all major and regional carriers in the United States and Canada with an auto carrier detect feature.
To download TxtDrop's Dashboard widget, visit http://www.txtdrop.com/widget.php.
December 28, 2006
TxtDrop.com announced today that it has now sent over 100,000 completely free text messages to mobile phone users across the United States and Canada. TxtDrop is now sending over 13,000 completely free text messages per month.
"We're extremely excited to have reached the 100,000 message milestone so quickly. If you calculate the cost our site has saved users, the number would be around $10,000. That's a huge savings!", said company officials in a recent interview. "We're really excited to just continue building our brand name and focus on what we do best, which is of course, free text messaging. We have some great plans for what we'd like to do and add in 2007."
TxtDrop.com's increase in traffic and volume can be attributed to its MySpace text messaging widget released earlier this summer. TxtDrop's MySpace widget enables MySpace users to place html code on their profiles, allowing friends to send text messages directly to their cell phones. TxtDrop.com's widget ensures privacy by keeping the users telephone number completely masked.
July 5, 2006
TxtDrop.com announced today it is now offering a code generator enabling users to generate html code to place on their own web site or MySpace profile that allows users to send text messages to their cell phones. TxtDrop.com's new code generator also keeps users telephone numbers private and secure from unwanted individuals, displaying users numbers as a random alphanumeric string.
"TxtDrop's new code generator is great. I placed it on my MySpace profile and now my friends can send me text messages when they need to get in touch with me, but I'm not online," said beta tester, Josh Carlson. "It's also nice that I don't have to sacrifice my privacy when using the service, since no one can see my phone number."
TxtDrop.com also announced today that its service has now sent over 30,000 completely free text messages to mobile phone users in the U.S. and Canada.
December 13, 2005
TxtDrop.com is proud to announce that in its first three months of operation, users have used the website to send over 10,000 completely free text messages to mobile phone users. TxtDrop launched its completely free text messaging service for Internet users in the United States and Canada on September 1, 2005. TxtDrop's goal is to make web-based text messaging free and as easy as possible, with everything done in one easy step, on one simple web page.
"TxtDrop is great. I don't have a cell phone but I'm still able to send my teenage son text messages from your website. Thanks for providing me with this free service," a user wrote in a recent email.
"We are excited about being able to offer this free service to so many users and see them taking advantage of it as readily they are," said company officials. "TxtDrop's usage has exceeded our initial expectations by handling 10,000 messages in just three months. Reaching this goal so quickly has gotten us very excited about our service, and we want users to know that we have some great upgrades coming in the near future."
September 23, 2005
TxtDrop is proud to announce it has expanded it's support for sending completely free text messages to Cingular and former AT&T Wireless customers. TxtDrop now offers more reliable delivery when sending messages to Cingular and former AT&T Wireless subscribers. Cingular, which acquired AT&T Wireless in late 2004, is the nations largest wireless carrier with a combined customer base of 50 million subscribers.
TxtDrop has also updated it's database to offer improved support for smaller regional mobile carriers throughout the country.
September 6, 2005
Txtdrop is proud to announce that its web based text messaging service, which launched just last week, has already allowed users to send over 250 free messages to cell phones in the Louisiana area. Over 1/3 of TxtDrop's messages have been targeted to cell phones in the 504 and 985 area codes, the center of last weeks devastating hurricane.
"Thank you for your service, it's helped me send messages to get in touch with my family, when I was worried about their whereabouts." one user wrote in an email to company officials over the weekend.
Txtdrop is thrilled to be able to assist in communication between family members and friends in this time of need. Txtdrop.com offers free text messaging to anyone and encourages users to take advantage of the service in order to get in touch with family and friends after last weeks hurricane.
September 1, 2005
TxtDrop proudly launches its completely free text messaging solution for web users. TxtDrop.com makes web based text messaging free and as easy as possible, with everything done in one easy step, on one web page.
"TxtDrop is great. Normally it would cost me 10 cents every time I send a text message directly from my cell phone to a friend," said beta tester, Josh Carlson. "But when I use TxtDrop, everything is free!"