MEANWHILE… DEEP IN THE JUNGLE

If you’re deep in the Amazon jungle, in a hurricane, or traveling too far from a cell phone tower, your text message won’t go through. (Good luck dealing with the giant Anaconda.) A new device called “goTenna” fixes that by using radio signals.

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IS ANYONE OUT THERE?

Recent market research from IBM found that 90 percent of email marketing goes unread. The solution, says tech strategist Daniel Burrus, is to use text messaging. It’s just the reverse. People read and act on a text message 90 percent of the time. The trick is you have get potential clients or customers to request a text message. On all of Burrus’ print and marketing materials, he puts the message “Text Burrus to 99000 for a special handout on this subject.” For more on this topic, go to goo.gl/5B26A.

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WRITE NOW, SEND LATER

“Future Text” is a free app for your phone that lets you write text messages now and send them any time up to 30 days later. They have a $2 version that lets you write text messages now and have them sent up to a year later. (We could see this as a plot device in some mystery show.)

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GROUP ME PLEASE

If you or someone you know sends a lot of text messages, and don’t have the benefit of the iPhone’s iMessage, a better way to go might be GroupMe, an app from Skype.com that works with any cell phone.

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TEXTING WHILE DRIVING

You probably know that the latest Apple iPhone 4S has “Siri” which responds to your voice. Owners of Android phones can get something similar, called Sonalight. Both these apps are free.

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LIVE PROFILE

LiveProfile is a free text messaging app for iPhone or Android. Users can share photos, videos and “comprehensive” profile information without incurring text messaging charges.

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WHAT DID YOU SAY?

A new free application called “TigerText” will let you set a time limit on how long your text message lasts on the iPhone.

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Luiza Petre