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I'm a Google Fi user and Hangouts has, finally, stopped working. 😑

I'm looking for something that can work as the default SMS app on Android, but that also works cross-platform.

It looks like Pulse SMS ($20/year) is the best solution. It even has a desktop app on Linux. I'll have to use a PWA on iOS but that's better than nothing.

Has anyone found anything better?

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@leo I have just been using default Android Messages, the PWA works on pretty much everything

@leo

Google's messages app is not horrible for a default option it supports RCS, but I never like getting too invested in Google apps anymore as they tend to kill products too often.

@IanJHill Also even as a PWA Google Messages can't be on more than one device at a time. I have to choose.

Pulse seems more capable.

@leo
Let us know how it works. I have been wanting a good multi platform messenger for a while.

@leo Google Voice, but I'm just waiting for the day when they get bored of that one.

(Or pull out the couch cushions for which it got buried and extract it)

@moparisthebest I have a jmp.chat number, but I never use it. Maybe it's time to port my Google Fi line to jmp. Google continues to frustrate and disappoint.

@leo I wish I had a suggestion. I would love to have this and be able to encrypt your messages.

Looks like Pulse SMS is still open source, github.com/serubin/pulse-sms-w

@leo check out beeper.com/. The owner of the company has been on your podcast network promoting it. I believe he was on ISO Today.

@leo Maybe Microsoft GroupMe? It gives you a virtual SMS number, that can be used on any device, including their web interface. And every group creates a new number for usage. To add, it's completely free.

@leo I don't exactly know their business model, but what about Signal? signal.org/

@leo Does the recipient need to use Pulse to get full benefit of Pulse's all media sharing ? I.e. is Pulse to Pulse best ?

Thanks

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