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Gone are the days when we used to enjoy unimaginably cheap SMS plans. It was back then the USP of any network service provider which attracted people. But now, times have changed. This is the age of Smartphones. And smartphones are more or less useless unless it has an internet connection. So, make the internet plans inexpensive and cut down the SMS allowances to an anorexic level! Yes, that’s what the network providers have ACTUALLY done in order to stay afloat in this highly competitive market.
The icon of the app
Whatsapp is undoubtedly one of the best apps ever created to communicate between two smartphones. But not every phone on earth supports it! So, how do you get in touch with a person who does not own a Smartphone? Call him? That’s going to cost you. Text him? That’s still going to cost you, unless you are subscribed to an expensive SMS plan, which is useless if you have an Internet Data plan. Here’s where Hike saves you! Not only is it a free messenger app, it also gives you the chance to connect with those people who are not the owners of Smartphones as you can send free SMS to them. Developed by Indian brains Bharti Softbank, this has exponentially gone up the popularity charts in recent years!
Hike Rewards, and the option to Invite Friends
A brilliant concept, I must say! There are many free messenger apps, but none that provides the ability to send free SMS. Hike comes with all the regular procedures of registration. Once you are done with the whole thing, you get started. You get to invite your friends to join Hike, which if they do you get rewarded with extra SMSs and free talk-time. The app smoothly syncs all your phone contacts. The SMS restriction is put at a 100 free SMSs to non-hike users per month. However, if you have a friend join Hike due to your invitation you get 50 more SMSs and a free recharge in talk-time.
The cool stickers Hike provides its users with
Though the SMSs are restricted to only national numbers, the free and unlimited Hike messages can be sent to any Hike user throughout the world. The app comes loaded with cool and brilliantly designed stickers which have the ability to spoil you with choices. Added to that, you have the customized Hike emoticons. Further add to this the option of sending a voice message! No feeling will ever go unexpressed now! The pleasant blue color of the app draws a pretty picture and the styling is pretty sleek. Most importantly, the User Interface is easy-going and smooth!
The main screen of the app
The main screen of the app is divided into three sections: Chats, Updates and Friends. Chats show your conversations. Updates shows the recent status updates from your Hike friends. Friends give you a list of your contacts, dividing them up into a Hike-user-segment and a non-Hike-user segment.
Options in the Main Screen
Bored by using Whatsapp? Take a vacation. Hike provides its users with an attractive trekking route, and once you reach the final destination you are likely to remain there. The app has already crossed over a 1,000,000 downloads. The figure itself speaks volume about its utility. Need I say anymore?
Hike Settings tab
Hike is available across all popular platforms (Download links below)
Let us know your Hike story? Did you like using the app? Feel free to keep us busy with your comments!
Abhirup is our guest blogger on education apps and thought partner. He harbors certain thoroughly misguided self-impressions like he has a refined aesthetic sense (our website’s visuals are NOT inspired by his ideas) or that he has a deep baritone. However, we choose to ignore these as he sometimes comes up with good ideas notwithstanding the fact that they are articulated in confusing managerial jargon; perhaps explained by the fact that he is an MBA from IIM Bangalore.