Hike Messenger

Send free SMS messages with this WhatsApp-style app

Hike Messenger is a messaging app for Android that lets you chat for free with any other user of the service. Hike Messenger is very similar to applications such as WhatsApp or Line. View full description

PROS

  • Fast and easy to use
  • Lets you share multimedia, location, etc.
  • Group chat
  • Plenty of emoticons
  • Supports Hidden chats

CONS

  • Not innovative
  • Some bugs

Good
7

Hike Messenger is a messaging app for Android that lets you chat for free with any other user of the service. Hike Messenger is very similar to applications such as WhatsApp or Line.

What does Hike Messenger do?

Hike Messenger allows you save the cost of sending SMS by exchanging free messages with anyone else who has the app installed, regardless of what smartphone platform they are using. Hike Messenger can even send SMS messages for free to someone, though this service only works in India at present.

Besides just chatting via instant messaging, you can attach images, video, audio and voice messages to your chats with Hike Messenger. There's also an option for sharing your location with the person you're chatting too. Hike Messenger includes a group chatting feature too.

Hike Messenger includes a wide selection of fun emoticons that you can add to your chats, which are grouped into three different types of character. There's something for everyone in there.

For the privacy conscious, Hike Messenger also has a handy "Hidden Mode" which allows you to hide chats that you want to keep private and password protect them.

How easy is Hike Messenger to use?

The setup process for Hike Messenger is very similar to that of WhatsApp or Viber. You need to enter your phone number and you'll be sent an activation code via SMS. Enter this into the field provided and you're away.

You can easily view all your friends on Hike Messenger by tapping the contacts button. This will pull up a list of people from your phone contacts book who have Hike Messenger, as well as allowing you to invite friends who don't yet have the app.

Is Hike Messenger better than WhatsApp?

Ultimately, Hike Messenger is very similar to WhatsApp. It shares almost all of the same features, though I would say WhatsApp is a bit more polished. Although the user interface of Hike Messenger looks great, it doesn't have the customization options of WhatsApp, which allows you to change the background image of the chat window. WhatsApp has a more varied range of emoticons, too.

Hike Messenger is a fast and easy way to chat for free with your buddies on your phone. Whether you choose Hike Messenger over WhatsApp, LINE, Viber and the rest will depend ultimately on which service most of your friends are using.

It's getting better all the time

Significant improvements have been made to Hike's messaging, making it faster on GPRS and 2G networks.

Hike Messenger is also continuing to be streamlined to make it less resource intensive, allowing better performance on low end Android devices.

A messenger, made with love in India

HIKE DIRECT: Chat & share files without the Internet and ZERO data charges in classrooms, while travelling, pretty much anywhere within 100 meters of a contact! Just open a chat, go to menu & tap Hike Direct to see the magic!

HIDDEN MODE: An awesome feature which allows you to hide all your private chats from the world and access them only with a password! Your private conversations are now protected & secure from anyone who takes your phone.

5000+ FREE STICKERS: Why say you’re angry when you can show it? When words can’t express it, say it with stickers! Share thousands of awesome, hilarious & fun stickers with your friends! With the largest collection of Indian regional stickers in over 30 regional languages, say more with stickers in your language!

SHARE DOCUMENTS & FILES: Why email when you can send practically anything and everything on hike! Send unlimited amounts of all kinds of non media files and documents of any format like PDF, ZIP, Word, PowerPoint, Excel, APKs, MP3s and much more!

GROUP CHATS: Create groups with up to 500 member so you can easily stay in touch with those who matter most!

CHAT THEMES: What’s a romantic date without a candle-light dinner? Boring! Some things are best said in the right setting. So how’s this for ambience? With the exclusive 2-way chat themes, set the mood to pour your heart out.

FREE HIKE CALLS: Talk as long as you want with your friends and family using hike with HD sound quality. Calls are made over 2G, 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi in over 200 countries!

FREE GROUP CALLS: Call upto 100 people at once!

PRIVACY: Not everyone needs to know when you’re online. Avoid the sneaky stalkers and nosy acquaintances not just in life, but on hike too. Get complete control on your last seen and profile picture, so that you choose who knows how much. Switch to hike and take charge of your privacy!

HIKE OFFLINE: Unable to message friends because they’ve turned off their data? Don't worry! Hike does the hard-work to figure out if your friends are offline and then sends them your messages as an SMS, at no cost to you! When they reply, you get the message in hike!

FREE PERSONAL ASSISTANT: Find out the weather, a movie rating and much more on hike with Natasha.

NEWS ON HIKE: Swipe through all the latest news in a stunning beautiful reader from around the world!

SEND UNCOMPRESSED IMAGES: Choose to send high quality images in original resolution.

PHOTO FILTERS: Adjust the mood of your picture, amplify the tone, cool it down, or add surreal shades! Transform your photos into incredible showpieces with over 20+ free filters!

DOODLES: Draw over a photo & share it with your friends!

BROADCAST LIST: Now send broadcasts to up to 500 contacts at the same time.

FORWARD TO MULTIPLE CONTACTS: Forward messages & media to multiple friends & contacts all at the same time!

FREE HIKE2SMS TO INDIA: We've also built in FREE hike to non-hike SMS. So if your friends aren't on hike you can still message them. And better yet, for free! Free SMS can only be sent to India.

BIGGER ATTACHMENTS: Now you can share large files and videos of 100 MB at a time!

SHARING IS EASY: You can share photos, videos, location, contacts, walkie-talkie messages and much more on hike! Create group chats or chat one-on-one!

FAST, SIMPLE, PERSONAL, FREE: hike is super fast. With sent, delivered, read and typing notifications, it feels like you're having a chat with someone in person. The app uses your 2G, 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi (when available) to message with friends and family.

MOVE TO SD CARD: hike can be stored on the SD Card!

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— User reviews — about Hike Messenger

  • regis.decamps

    by regis.decamps

    "misleading and useless"

    I hate when an app description is misleading, and hike is. This app has nothing to do with SMS, it is yet another propri... More.

    reviewed on April 3, 2013