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Send Free Text Messages Without WiFi or Data Plan Using These Bluetooth Messaging Apps

Most tech devices these days are Bluetooth-enabled, but what many may not know is that feature can be used to send free texts, photos, and videos – without the need for a data plan or even available WiFi network.

Jott is one of the hottest and most popular Bluetooth-based messaging apps, especially with students because of its feature that allows users to find other Jott users in school networks. It has the ability to automatically delete messages after a set time and to be alerted if someone has taken a screenshot of a message you sent. The app is free for Android and iOS and can be used with iPods, too.

Lynk is another Bluetooth-based messaging app getting noticed these days, due in large part to its ability to find and message others nearby who are using Lynk, making it especially useful in places like professional business settings. Users who connect can then send messages to each other immediately using Bluetooth. It also allows messaging via traditional methods, so you don’t need to be in close proximity to others to use Lynk. The app is free for iOS and Android.

Air Chat is another useful Bluetooth-based messaging app that finds others nearby who also are using Air Chat Air Chat is for iOS only.

Check on the video below to see PC Mike’s report on Bluetooth messaging apps for NBC-TV:

Mike is a veteran journalist whose video "PC Mike" reports have been distributed weekly to all 215 NBC-TV stations since 1994, making him one of the most experienced tech reporters in the country. His tech stories and videos have appeared on MSNBC, CNBC, the Today Show, The New York Times, USA Today and in numerous national newspapers and magazines. In addition to the PC Mike tech blog, he also publishes the Roadtreking.com RV Travel Blog in which he travels North America in an RV reporting about interesting people and places.