NEW YORK TheStreetAs the Apple ( AAPL) App Store approaches 50 billion downloads, it's a good time to pay homage to one of the most popular app trends. Messengers are all the rage these days. Cell phone providers beware, free calls and texts are easier than ever. With all the choices in the App Store, the hardest part is determining which platforms are the best. Facebook ( FB) recently took note of the trend. Its messaging app is more popular than its regular app. Messaging is also integral to the newly launched, Facebook Home. Even with the popular Facebook Messenger being available, there are still plenty of options for staying in touch with your friends. Sometimes social media just isn't enough. TheStreet took a look through the app store and created a list of the best messaging apps. Goodbye, smartphone bill.
Viber Viber will make you wonder why you even have a cell phone bill. The free service makes it easy for you to call anyone around the world...for free! Viber's app is pretty straightforward. It's designed to look like a normal phone call. Users can send their contacts texts, photos and video messages as well. With 200 million users, the 2.5 year old start-up is a badly kept secret. That's up from 140 million users in December, and shows just how fast Viber is growing. Viber is also great for conference calls. Connect with up to 40 participants. International calls won't cost you a penny. And it's ad-free. This free app is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad, but requires iOS 4.3 or later. It is also available for Android. --Written by Katie Roof in New York--