December 2, 2011 on 1:00 pm
Many of you may already be familiar with our Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger apps on mobile. Today, we are adding a new product to our mobile communications suite.
For those heavy texters out there, we are excited to introduce Hub, a fast and easy-to-use mobile messaging app that allows you to send text messages and have group conversations for free. Hub allows you to easily add participants to any conversation thread so it's easy to switch from private messaging to a group conversation. Whether it is just keeping up with a close group of friends or making spontaneous plans, you no longer have to deal with scattered messages.
What's more, Hub allows you to send messages to anyone without incurring any text messaging fees. Yes, you heard us right. There are no text messaging fees – messages are sent over WIFI or using your data connection – and Hub is device agnostic, which means you can communicate with anyone on any mobile device as long as you have their mobile phone numbers. Your friends are not required to download the app in order to reply to your messages although they are strongly encouraged to do so in order to enjoy the full feature set!
Key features of Hub include:
Group messaging: Enjoy group conversations with several friends at once
Local and international SMS messages: Send text messages to other Hub users or any mobile phone for free
Privacy: Easily view and add participants to any conversation thread
Message any phone: Your friends can reply with any SMS enabled mobile phone
Instant notifications: Get push notifications for incoming messages so you never have to miss a conversation
Hub is currently in beta and is available for download on the Android Marketplace. We are extremely excited about this release and can't wait for you to get started. Try Hub today and let us know what you think!
Note: Hub requires Android OS 2.1+ and is currently available only to users with a US SIM card and a text plan.
This feature is currently available when sending to numbers in Canada, Indonesia, India, Kuwait, Malaysia, Philippines, Pakistan, Thailand, United States and Vietnam. SMS recipients may be charged by their carriers.