Android/iOS/Blackberry: There are lots of apps that can send "free" text messages, but most require your recipient to also have the same app. JaxtrSMS is a free service from Sabeer Bhatia, founder of Hotmail, that can send free texts to any mobile number in the world, and display it to the recipient as coming from your own phone number.
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We'd be lying if we said Symbian phones got a whole lot of attention here at Lifehacker, but they do still represent a large chunk of the market. The new Nokia N8, which is being pushed as a serious photography device as well as an apps platform, will go on sale across all the main carriers on November 1 for an outright buy price of $749.
iPhone owners are frequently convinced they see other iDevices everywhere they look. Android owners believe they're poised to take over the universe. But current sales and future projections on smart phone ownership from Gartner show that the mobile world is more complex and more diverse than we give it credit for.
Rocking a Novia phone and got an itch for some VoIP calling? Starting today, you can grab the Skype for Symbian app from the Ovi Store for free.
Mozilla engineer Christian Sejersen announced today that Firefox Mobile (codename Fennec) will be released for Symbian phones by the end of April, 2009—complete with full browsing features. The bad news: Sejersen says we shouldn't plan on seeing Firefox Mobile on the iPhone, BlackBerrys, or Android any time soon due to "technical or licensing reasons." If you're curious about what Firefox Mobile will offer once it's released, check out our screenshot tour of Fennec.
Windows Mobile and Symbian phones only: Freeware application Palringo brings multi-client chat to your Windows Mobile device or Symbian smartphone. There once was a time when the go-to mobile IM client was a program called Agile Messenger, but ever since it went shareware there's been a gap for freeware IM on a lot of phones. With support for everything from AIM to Google Talk and its own mobile voice chat, it looks like Palringo is filling that gap with aplomb. Palringo is freeware, works on Symbian Series 60 phones and Windows Mobile 2003 and up.