February 2012


Today in TechCrunch:

Deutsche Telekom’s VC Firm Makes Strategic Investment In Pinger

“For the last few years we’ve been tracking the growth of a service called Textfree, offered by San Jose-based startup Pinger. As the name implies, Textfree has a very attractive value proposition: you sign up, it gives you a free, real, telephone number, and you can send text messages and make phone calls with it free of charge — the service makes most of its money by displaying ads alongside the texts.

It’s also massively popular: last month alone, users sent and received a total of 2 billion text messages, and it’s one of the most downloaded iOS apps of all time. Even more impressive is the fact that the vast majority of their efforts have been concentrated in the U.S. alone — Pinger is preparing to sweep across Europe this year…”

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All hail the power of the Pinger fans!

About.com 2012 Readers' Choice Awards

Your nominations helped us to become a finalist in the About.com Readers’ Choice Awards in the Best Texting App category!

Click the link below and scroll down to cast your vote:

Vote for Textfree Voice + VM to win Best Texting App!

You guys are seriously great. “Thank you” x 1,000,0000!!!

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Happy Valentine’s Day!  Thanks for sharing your poems with us, we loved them all!

Here are our favorites:
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I’m so broke it isn’t funny
I can’t even text my valentine honey
But then what is it that I see
An app where you can text and talk free
Now with pinger I need no money
And I can sweet talk n text
My valentine honey bunny

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Roses are red, pinger is blue.
Unlimited texts, calls & voicemails include!
Great quality & oh such fun..
Soon it will be.. #1!
Whenever you get it, hit me up!
Because I’ve already installed it.. On my iPod touch!

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Why I was alone?
Why I didn’t have no friends?
I didn’t know.
Until I downloaded pinger, that choice was the best.
Now I have friends
I called my girlfriend and now I don’t have minutes to call the rest.

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Roses are red
Violets are blue
Pinger is so awesome
I must share it with you!

I love its free calling
When I use my iTouch
or texting like mad
on my iPhone and such.

It lives on my iPad
for whenever I need
to connect with my loved ones
In lightning-record speed.

Please stay with me Pinger
I wish for you still
To be with me always
You are the best deal!

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We’re sharing a handful of minutes (think of them as roses) with our favorite poets! For those who didn’t win…you still win! For today only, 1000 minutes on sale for just $14.99 (that’s over 20% off)!

Here’s a little poem we made for all of our fans out there, hope you like it…

Oh users, our users,
we’re so grateful to you all
for choosing to us to send your texts
or to make a free call. 

So let’s rejoice and do a dance,
(or sing a song if you’re a singer),
because you’re using an app
that was made for you by Pinger!

-Love, Pinger-

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Thanks for all the great feedback and love we’ve been receiving, Pingsters! However…there can only be one winner each Friday!

We’d like to give a shout out to our new buddy, Adam S. Here’s part of the epic email he sent us:

“I just want to thank you for making such a wonderful product. I’m very anti cell phone and your product gives me a way to have a “textable” landline. I use my iPod, and it becomes a phone whenever I want it to be (around wifi) and it’s an unobtrusive iPod whenever I don’t want to be called (pretty much anytime outside the home). I loved how you started with downloading apps and getting minutes. I used your product for a whole year as my only means of communication and it cost me nothing during a very low income spell. Now I have a full-time job and I gladly support your shift to sell minutes for the person who uses more than just a few….and I thank you ever so much for the new voicemail feature, it’s amazing…Thanks again for a wonderful product, and keep up the good work. I think I’ll go into the app store or whatever and find out where I can rate you with 5 stars.”

Adam, you’ve got some minutes coming your way! Thanks for everything.

Biggest Fan Friday rewards one user from Facebook, Twitter, our Help forums, or via email. Send us a love note to info@pinger.com, or join in the conversation on our social media sites to be entered to win!

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Hi guys! You’ve helped us to win a couple awards recently, and we really appreciate it! Think you can make the magic happen again?

About.com 2012 Readers' Choice Awards

It’s time to nominate apps to win the 2012 About.com Readers’ Choice Awards! Please help us out by clicking the links below to nominate Pinger for one of these awards. Nominate as many times as you can, there’s no limit!

Connect with Facebook or create an account to nominate:

Nominate Pinger for Best Texting App

Nominate Pinger for Best New App

Go, Pinger, go!!!

Thank you, everyone, for your nominations! We’ll find out on February 22nd if we’re a finalist!

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