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Published April 26, 2012, 06:57 PM

Thursday App of the Week: Textfree

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A lot of parents try to keep track of their kid’s cell phone habits. Sometimes technology makes that easier. Other times, it's harder.

A lot of parents try to keep track of their kid’s cell phone habits. Sometimes technology makes that easier. Other times, it's harder.

It's called Textfree, and there are many applications like it. Have texting restrictions on your child’s phone? It doesn't matter because these messages won't show up on any bill. It's free, it’s endless and it’s private.

Users simply download the application, choose a pre-selected, actual phone number, and then notify their family, friends and coworkers to contact them at the new number. Just like that, no matter what texting restrictions are on one’s plan, the user has unlimited text and picture messaging at no cost.

The application has already received millions of downloads and is compatible with both Mac and Android systems; it even works on some non-smartphone devices and tablets. So always keep in mind, not everything will show up on the bill.

Next week, find out some of the easiest and cheapest ways to keep your kids busy and learning on your smartphone.

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