MightyText launches in earnest, enables browserbased texting through your Android phone number

Nah, it's not exactly iMessage (or BBM) for Android -- in some ways, it's better, but it lags behind in others. MightyText has launched in earnest today, graduating from its Chrome-only beta state and opening up a world of new messaging possibilities for those with Android handsets. In order to gain access, users need only install the free app linked below on an Android 2.2+ smartphone, and then install a plug-in at the company's website into your browser of choice. Once synced, you'll be able to view, send and reply to messages through your Android phone number, with no additional charges added at any point. The only niggle is that this is still SMS; unlike iMessage, which utilizes data, you won't be able to use this as a loophole to send messages whilst using Gogo on a plane, or using a WiFi hotspot in an international destination. The SMS still gets routed through your phone, so you'll still need a texting plan (or a pay-per-text plan) and a solid cellular signal to make the magic happen. For those still interested, the links below are beckoning.

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MightyText launches in earnest, enables browser-based texting through your Android phone number