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Just Get an iPhone? These Are the Best Alternatives to Its Pre-Loaded Apps

iPhone 5The iPhone comes with a bunch of apps you never use. Some of them are poorly implemented. Others are lacking important features. Fortunately, there’s a whole world of developers offering some very viable third-party alternatives. Unfortunately you can’t delete the apps your iPhone comes with, but here are some alternatives that will free you from their boring grips. Phone – Google Voice: Do all your calling through your Google account, with added benefits like free text messaging and voicemail transcription. (Free) Messages – GroupMe: This is hands down one of the best ways to text, especially amongst different groups of friends or colleagues. The best part is it’s totally free, on any platform you can think of, and compatible with SMS. (Free) Mail – Mailbox: Mailbox totally rethinks your relationship with email, teaching you better habits through its unique interface.

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Shelly Palmer is the host of NBC Universal’s Live Digital with Shelly Palmer, a weekly half-hour television show about living and working in a digital world. He is Fox 5′s (WNYW-TV New York) Tech Expert and the host of United Stations Radio Network’s, MediaBytes, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment.