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Best messaging apps for iPhone: Hangouts, LINE, WhatsApp, and more!

iMore's guide to the best, most reliable, and most widely used messaging apps currently available on the iPhone!

Looking for the best iPhone apps to stay in contact with your friends and family? When it comes to messaging, the list of services to choose from is pretty much endless. Whether you need to send messages internationally or just don't care to give out your phone number or iMessage information to everyone you need to be able to communicate with, there's an appropriate option for everyone. But that still leaves one important question unanswered, what messaging apps for iPhone are the absolute best?

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WhatsApp servers are down — it's not just you!

WhatsApp, the incredibly popular instant messaging service recently purchased by Facebook for almost $20 bilion, is offline at the moment. So, yeah, it's not just you. It's the WhatsApp servers. There's no word yet on how long the outage will last, so let us know in the comments whether it's working for you yet, and if not, when it starts working again!

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Iran censors WhatsApp because Mark Zuckerberg is a 'Zionist'

It must be that internet access is slow, because Iran just got around to banning WhatsApp because parent company co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is Jewish. Kind of. After, you know, Facebook bought WhatsApp over two months ago. The ban comes courtesy of Abdolsamad Khorramabadi, Secretary of the Iranian Committee for Determining Criminal Web Content, which has the power to block access to sites and services deemed offensive in content, ownership, or… well, whatever, really.

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WhatsApp pairs with German carrier e-Plus to launch new SIM deal

The now Facebook-owned messaging service, WhatsApp has unveiled a new SIM deal in Germany. This prepaid SIM provides consumers with unlimited access to WhatsApp on top of agreed data limits. It's a milestone since this is the first time the popular service has partnered with carriers to sell a SIM package. If you're a massive fan of WhatsApp and use it on a daily basis, you may wish to read on and keep your eyes open for a similar deal in your region, should one be made available.

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WhatsApp down, slow, or inconsistent for you? You're not alone!

WhatsApp, the cross-platform instant messaging service recently acquired by Facebook for $16+ billion, seems to be having some trouble this morning. We're getting multiple reports of it simply not working, the send button being grayed out, messages sending slowly, or it working sometimes but not others. In other words, of WhatsApp being a bag of frustration today.

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ZEN & TECH 61: How to deal with social addiction

ZEN & TECH is Mobile Nations' lifestyle podcast where we work on centering your inner geek and using technology to help reduce stress and live better lives. In today's episode, Georgia and Rene discuss why we're social, how we interact on networks, the differences between SMS/MMS, Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp, BBM, Line, Instagram, etc., how we benefit, and what can go wrong.

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WhatsApp planning to add voice services this spring

WhatsApp, the popular and recently Facebook-acquired instant messaging (IM) app, will be adding voice to their service sometime in the next few months. That means WhatsApp users — all 465 million and counting — will not only be able to text each other but talk to each other as well.

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How to see all the unread message notifications on your iPhone, all at once, all in the same place

Instant Messaging (IM) — and the notifications that come with them — are horribly fragmented. iPhone users have iMessage built-in, but if you use Facebook then you likely also have Facebook Messenger, if you use Google you likely also have Google Hangouts, if you come from BlackBerry you likely have BBM contacts, and depending on what part of the world you're in, you likely also have WhatsApp, Line, WeChat, Telegram, Viber, and more all locked and loaded. That's an awful lot of beeping, buzzing, and badging to deal with. If you handle notifications the instant they come in, then it may not be a problem. If you need to go back later, hunting for little red dots all over your Home screen can be a hassle. So what's the answer? Unify them all in one folder!

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Vector 31: Facebook, WhatsApp, and the value of mobile messaging

Kevin Michaluk of Mobile Nations joins Rene to talk about Facebook’s $16 billion WhatsApp acquisition, not mistaking products for businesses, the value of user-base, the mobile hierarchy of needs, BBM’s missed opportunity, LINE, WeChat, Kik, and more.

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Best WhatsApp alternatives for Facebook haters

Let's be clear — if you used WhatsApp today, very little will change today and likely tomorrow. According to WhatsApp's statement, not only will they stay an independent app, they'll stay an autonomous business unit. So, like Instagram, we may see some integration, even account sharing, WhatsApp won't become Facebook Messenger or vice versa, at least not any time soon. If, however, you absolutely can't stand even the idea of Facebook owning your instant messenger (IM) app, then there are some alternatives. So, if you're determined to ditch WhatsApp, where should you go? Here are our top 5 favorites!

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