The problem with using Messages is simple. Not everyone else in the world has an iPhone or a Mac so if you want to send a text message to someone else on a different platform you need a different app. Enter the free Telegram for Mac, iPhone, and iPad.
Not. Morse. Code.
Just between you and me it looks as if privacy is taking a backseat to convenience in our modern digital world, but Telegram’s claim to fame is being cross platform, heavily encrypted, and with self-destruction built in. In fact, it’s that last feature that has to be one of the most attractive for the security conscious and paranoid among us.
That’s right. Telegram works much like Messages on a Mac, iPhone, or iPad. It’s free. It lets you send photos and documents. It’s encrypted. It does group chats and shares videos. It syncs among different devices and more devices than Apple’s Messages.
Telegram comes free but without advertisements and subscription fees. Encryption means hackers can’t see your messages. Plus, it works well with groups, has a self-destruct message timer, and tools to get all down and geeky on customization.
On the Mac, Telegram looks and works much like Messages.
Incoming messages appear on the left sidebar while message threads appear on the right. A badge displays the number of unread messages. A single click takes you to Settings, emoji’s, attachments, Contacts, or add an audio message.
The iPhone and iPad version looks and works much the same way.
Telegram claims messages and content are encrypted and secure, and messages are delivered quickly to contacts due to the decentralized server infrastructure.
Not bad for free, though I worry about the business model. Who pays for servers if there are no advertisements and no cost to the app and no subscriptions? Otherwise, Telegram seems to look and work much like Messages, but it’s more cross platform and runs on Mac, iOS devices, Android devices, Windows, and Linux.