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Want to text internationally without an app? Ultra Mobile’s got your number

on June 9, 2013

Gigaom

In an increasingly crowded world of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), Ultra Mobile has been running quietly under the radar for nine months. It doesn’t have the eye-catching unlimited data plans or bandwidth sharing options of its sexier virtual operator peers. But it does have one particularly tantalizing feature: You can text any mobile phone in the world for free.

No, this isn’t a over-the-top app likes WhatsApp. It’s straight out of your SMS client. Carriers typically charge anywhere from 25 cents to 50 cents to send a text of multimedia message across the border. Though many carriers and MVNOs offer unlimited global texting options — for instance Cricket Wireless(s leap) has a $5 a month international messaging add-on — they often contain restrictions. Many of them limit you to a core group of 40 country codes or allow only text but not multimedia messages.

Ultra Mobile logoUltra, however, is making…

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