textPlus Brings Free Group Texting to MetroPCS CustomersSeamless product integration deal marks first direct connection carrier partnership for popular text message application
October 14, 2010
GOGII, creator of textPlus, the popular mobile application for free group texting, today announces an agreement with MetroPCS Communications Inc. , the nation’s leading provider of unlimited, flat-rate, no annual contract wireless communications, to offer its popular, free group text functionality available to MetroPCS customers. This is textPlus’s first carrier direct connection.
“Building strong relationships with the carriers, rather than simply piggybacking on them, has been important to our business model from the start - and this deal validates that strategy,” said Scott Lahman, CEO of GOGII, the creator of textPlus. “We’re thrilled to offer our product to MetroPCS customers and we look forward to an exciting roadmap of innovation with the carrier going forward.” textPlus is carrier and Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) compliant.
The deal allows MetroPCS customers to text with multiple contacts at once, at no extra charge, on the $45 and $50 service plans. To get started, MetroPCS users send the message “!chat” to the textPlus 60611 short code, which prompts them to enter in the contacts they want to include in their group chat. Once they’ve done so, textPlus connects them to the group, and the conversation begins.
Since its launch in the U.S. on June 1, 2009, textPlus has become one of the most popular text messaging applications available, with over 9 million downloads to date, a user network that spans 24 million people and over 3.5 billion messages already sent.
textPlus brings ad-supported real texting and group texting to the iPad, iPhone, iPod touch and Android phones through both its mobile application and permanent short code, 60611. textPlus is carrier and Mobile Marketing Association (MMA) compliant and enables seamless interaction between textPlus application users and their friends using regular text messaging (SMS).
GOGII (go-jee) is a mobile communications technology company and creator of the textPlus app. GOGII is a U.S.-based startup backed by venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Matrix Partners. GOGII was founded in 2007 by the three founders of JAMDAT Mobile, the leading mobile entertainment publisher that was acquired by Electronic Arts in 2006.
For more information, please visit www.textPlus.com, or text GOGII to 60611.