suggested this on October 31, 2011 02:01 PM
Note: I posted this on the facebook page, and was told to copy and paste it here. Sorry for any bad grammar, or if it's not organized well. I hope that won't be too much of a problem.
Hey pinger, I know this is a long shot, and could take quite a bit of time and money, but it sounds like an awesome idea. I was thinking, how about you make your own cellular device that runs off of textfree. In addition to this, integrate textfree with other kinds of IMs, such as the gmail IM, AIM, MSN, and YIM. Maybe even meebo IM and myspace IM. This way, there's all kinds of chatting options.
The fact that texting is possible already allows twitter and facebook status updates and such, and with the settings currently on textfree you have nearly everything you need.
Imagine the money you could make! 1-time payment to buy the device and text using it. you would get money from ads, or money from those who want to hide ads. the fact that users can use it anywhere will get more people buying minutes (the calling any textfree user would have to go though (because so many people would be switching over), but incoming calls still being free.
Another way to earn from this. Put a few 'lite' games on the device. Like for example, a lite version of dragon dash, and allow the purchase of the full game on that device. Also, make more ringtones and put them in a ringtone store.
Another idea, make the device software auto-update when you make changes to textfree. If people don't have to keep buying new devices everytime something new is released, then you'll likely get more buys for the original device. Of course, you might want to make different models so when people see a new model they like, you'll still get some new buys.
something I also thought of. When people break their device, they can simply buy a new one and login to textfree and they won't lose a thing!
of course, you can easily make the device first, and then make updates to textfree afterwards. all these features aren't expected right away, but since the device software would auto-update, it'll keep people buying.