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HeyWire–Send and Receive unlimited FREE international text messages (SMS) [Review]

By Alok Saboo on December 30th, 2010

One of the most frequent requests that I get is for more tools to send and receive text messages (SMS) for FREE. We have already covered a few ways to send free text messages (SMS) to almost all over the world. The problem with many of the web-based text messaging service is that they do not allow you to receive text messages (i.e., two-way communication). Today, we review another mobile VoIP (mVoIP) offering that allows you to send and receive text messages for FREE – HeyWire.

HeyWire - Send and receive free text messages (SMS)

Getting started with HeyWire

HeyWire is extremely easy to use. Currently, HeyWire is limited to iOS devices (iTunes Link), but it will soon be available on Android devices and also on the web (without any smart phone).

You need to create an account to access the service, so go ahead and create an account now. You can create an account from inside the app or from the web. Just enter your name and email address and your account details will be sent to your email address.

Just install the app and you are all ready to send and receive free text message.

Sending and Receiving text messages (SMS) from HeyWire

HeyWire works like any other messaging app. The first time you login to your account, HeyWire allows you to pick a US number (DID) which will be used as your caller ID when you send text messages and where your friends can also text you. You can enter the number directly or from your address book. You can send group text messages. Currently, you can send a group message to a total of 10 participants, which should be enough for most purposes. HeyWire also supports Push notifications. You will get a notification when you receive a text on your HeyWire number. The screenshots will illustrate the features.

HeyWire - Send & Receive text messages (SMS) HeyWire - Send & Receive text messages (SMS) - Inbox HeyWire - Send & Receive text messages (SMS) - Settings
HeyWire - Send & Receive text messages (SMS) - Add Facebook and Google Chat HeyWire - Send & Receive text messages (SMS) HeyWire - Send & Receive text messages (SMS) - Push Notifications

HeyWire - Send & Receive text messages (SMS) in landscape mode

HeyWire has an impressive coverage. You can send a text message to over 360 mobile networks across over 114 countries. Given their coverage, there is a very high probability that your network will be covered, however, you can check the exact coverage here.

Other features

In addition to sending and receiving text messages, you can also chat with your Gtalk and Facebook friends. Just connect HeyWire with the respective account and start chatting. Finally, you can also access Twitter using HeyWire. The video provides a detailed walkthrough of the app:

Overall, HeyWire is a fairly impressive service. In my tests, the text messages were reliably delivered to almost all the networks I tested. I also received the messages that were sent to my Heywire number. There was no noticeable lag either in sending on receiving text messages. It is hard to believe that you can get such a level of service for FREE!!

If you are using HeyWire or any other service to send or receive text messages, please share your feedback…

  • helpp

    hello thank you for the topic i ‘ve already try the service but they have not yet No send an invitation to my email then you like it give me an account, plaise send an account to my email ; and thank you very much
    my email is :

    • Alok Saboo

      Unfortunately, HeyWire does not have an invite policy, so I cannot invite you there. But, I hope they send you your account details fast.

      • helpp

        Alok Saboo thank you for your reply I need an account I want you to give me an account plaise send me one and thank you
        my email is :

        • Alok Saboo

          If you have an iPhone, you can get an account instantly..

          • helpp

            Unfortunately, I have no iPhone, please that you entered on a new account on your iPhone and send me your account information to my e-mail that I can use on my PC and I thank you in advance
            please I need help send me an account HeyWire

            my email is :

          • Alok Saboo

            For the time being, you can access HeyWire services only through the iPhone. So, even if I create an account for you, you will not be able to use the services. I had registered for the web beta and am still waiting for the invite. So, guess you will have to wait for some time…

  • Anon

    I can send, but I cannot recieve textmessages on my iPad ..

    • Alok Saboo

      Hmm..that is an interesting problem. Are you not receiving any message or only from particular user? Did you try sending a test message to yourself on your HeyWire number and see if you receive it?

      • Anon

        Tried both. Someone else texted me back and I tried texting myself too, but I did not receive any message. Did receive the messages sent from my iPad on my mobile though.

        • Alok Saboo

          I just tested again on my Heywire and I am able to receive text messages sent to my HeyWire number. Do you have an iPhone where you can try this? I am at a loss, but that seems to be worth a try…

          • Anon

            I have no iPhone. Well I’ll google it tomorrow morning to see if other people have the same problem. Thanks :)

          • Alok Saboo

            I looked up online and it seems there are isolated cases of people not receiving messages. On their help forums, they have suggested re-installing the app ( Let me know if that helps..

          • Anon

            Also re-installing doesn’t work. Too bad!

          • Alok Saboo

            Hmm…sorry to hear that. Hope HeyWire fixes this ASAP.

  • Voexvoex

    Not working. Delet it.

    • Alok Saboo

      You need to check whether your destination is covered by HeyWire. It is working well for me and several others….

  • Rickii

    its not letting me txt an international number it gives me an error talkin about sorry heywire only delivers to people using it in this country.

    • Alok Saboo

      Heywire just posted on their Facebook page that they were having issues with message deliveries. Also, please note that it does not support all international destinations. Just make sure that you number that you are texting is covered by Heywire.

    • Jitender Sinngh

      This is same issue does not work for india numbers

      • Alok Saboo

        Heywire coverage has significantly shrunk :(

  • Dwaynemc8

    where can i get my vrification code

    • Alok Saboo

      Your verification code will be sent to your mobile.

  • Erin

    Do you know if my friends have to pay to text me back?  They do not have HeyWire, but have texting on their phones.  I would like to keep in touch with my friends while I’m in Spain, but do not want them to pay extra to text me.  Thanks!

    • Alok Saboo

      If your friends reply you back using regular text messages, they will have to bear texting charges. Unfortunately, there is no way (other than using apps such as Viber, Whatsapp) to have completely free 2-way text messaging.

  • Colour_my_w0rld

    Im not recieving texts, and the person im sneding my texts to is not recieving them

    • Alok Saboo

      Please note that HeyWire does not work in every country or on every carrier. Please make sure that your numbers are supported.

  • Maicavillamor

    I have heywire but my friend in america doesn’t if I text her and she texts me back will she have to pay? What if she has unlimited texting?

    • Alok Saboo

      Yes, your friend should be able to reply back for free (since she has unlimited texting).

  • Guest

    Is there anyway you can make one online?

  • Joy

    How come I did not get a HeyWire Number? Please help!

    • Alok Saboo

      How did you sign up – website of mobile?

  • Joy

    I just downloaded HeyWire today & I encounter the same issue… Please help!

  • Alok Saboo

    You can create an account from their website.

  • Tanja Hofmann

    I live in Europe and want to text to my friends in the U.S. I’ve been told that it is possible with an HeyWire account but if I want to send a message to their cellphone it tells me that this is only possible if they use HeyWire too. Is there an App for iPhone that allows me free texting from my cellphone in Germany to any cellphone number in the U.S.? I do not want to bother all my friends to get an app on their phone to receive my textmessages. Besides, not every one uses a smartphone ;-)

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