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Send free SMS to all your contacts with yuilop for Windows Phone

The cost of sending SMS to contacts while they are abroad can prove to be rather costly, but there are a number of services that help minimise this fee, or remove it altogether. One such app has arrived on the Windows Phone Store and is called yuilop (www.yuilop.me). The app, now available for Windows Phone 8 hardware, enables users to send free SMS to anyone with a mobile phone in the world.

What's good about the service is that recipients don't even need to have access to a yuilop app - their phone simply has to be able to handle receiving messages. We're pretty sure majority of handsets can these days. So how does it work and is it free? Well, it's not free per se (hello, advertisements), they have deployed their own virtual credit, but this can be earned without spending a penny. This credit (known as "energy") is spent on sending messages to other devices that do not have the app.

Here are some ways to earn this energy:

  • Invite a friend to the yuilop service
  • Receiving an SMS on the free Yuilop.me number
  • Participate in promotions or redeem vouchers

Yuilop App

Yuilop will synchronise with contacts from the People Hub, as well as any listings stored on the service itself. What's the incentive to invite people to use yuilop? There's no "energy" cost when messaging those who are also using the app. The app is available on Android, iOS and Windows Phone, opening up some room to invite those who may be on competitor platforms.

A notice regarding privacy is included in the app description, which goes into detail how the company doesn't share user data with third-parties. Conversations through yuilop are encrypted and a mobile number is also used as the user ID. Windows Phone Italy notes that yuilop will sport VoIP capabilities in the future.

You can download yuilop from the Windows Phone Store for free. via: Windows Phone Italy

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54 Comments
  • Seems pretty cool, but i don't see myself using this.
  • Will give it a try tomorrow when the booze wears off!!!
  • Not working on my Nokia Lumia 920. It says incorrect username or password when i am trying to insert verification code
  • Same here..
  • Nice app but I didn't see any reason to move from Skype, WhatsApp or Viber to this "new" same thing.
  • Viber and Skype are banned in some countries (like the UAE and Saudi Arabia for instance).
    This could be of use to people living there I suppose.
  • Unless it's something new, Skype is definitely not banned in Saudi Arabia. I was using it for the whole duration of my stay last March/April...
  • The banned it this year. Skype, Viber and Whatsapp are banned under some obscure communications law.
  • Let me correct you Viber got banned, Skype and Whatsapp got warning, not banned till today.
  • Skype and whatsapp are not banned
  • What the hell! Really? Why are they banned? Are they scared their "angel" people will do sex chats or something?
  • Nah, its just that telecom companies want to force you to use the paid services instead, phone to phone video calling,  etc
  • Sorry but i live in saudi arabia and whatsapp and skype is not ban and i can even call on viber also.
  • Still waiting for Microsoft to make something like iMessage, so I can get my texts on my Surface also.
  • Skype doesn't do that? May be I'm confusing it with something else because when I get messages on my phone they also show up on the messages app.
  • I'm sorry, but I do not view Skype and imessage as the same.
    Skype is for video chatting, I know it has IM but it just doesn't feel as simple as imessage.
    MS should make something like imessage though.
  • I think that's simply your perception, I for instance primarly use Skype as in IM client with my colleagues and friends. And the video chat aspect is secondary, mainly used with family members.This is on the desktop though. On my phone, I use whatsapp and don't use Skype simply because it seems to suck the hell out of my battery. If/when I get a tablet though, I fully expect my usage to mirror my current pattern.
  • Isn't imessage what Skype is aiming for?
  • If only MS would get off their butts and take advantage of Skype in this aspect and make it as seamless as Skype...
  • Its funny that Skype runs fine in the background on an old Symbian firmware mobile, but doesn't on 7.8
  • Well not only in 7.8. In windows phone 8 also. I always missed chat in skype, when line and whatsapp is working well. and even tested that I can't recevie skype call when I open skype...!! tested several times. no wonder I missed a lot of skype call. I used L920 with latest OS and Firmware available.
  • Cool, now I can lie about being in a different country
  • This seems too good. Doesn't it require internet connection?
  • That's what what's apps for this apps years too late
  • Well, don't you forget that whatsapp doesn't send SMS and your communication is restricted to other whatsapp users? And as far as I know, there are no calls possible with WA. So I think yuilop actually is not too late ;-)
  • Aren't you guys forgetting something? The main draw for this app is that you can send SMS to people who doesn't have this app installed, something that whatsapp or Skype can't do.
  • First sentence, second paragraph?
  • my comment was supposed to be a question to cybermoose89 and not to WPC team 
  • it says wait for the verification code but it never send it.does it worked for anyone?
  • Ya i have activated.
  • Not installable on 7.8 nice idea though
  • I got ½way thru but it stopped! Anyway it chews a shitload of battery so its deleted. Now my phone is playing up! The volumes gone bezerk, going to zero by itself n wen I get it playing the sound is tinny:( it only played up after downloading this crap!!
  • Is this one of those apps that steal your number and subscribe you to third party crap? They say no but in reality, how do the make enough money to stay in business? I work for a wireless company and you have no idea how many people get signed up for jamster without then even knowing.
  • Yeah well my phone volume went mental until I deleted everything that app sent me, its fine now but there's something not right about it n as I'm writing this the volumes gone nuts again! Factory reset I guess:(
  • Sigh...not available for 7.x
  • 7.8 is dead. And I for one won't be updating. Moving from Nokia junk to sadly iPhone or android. Apps for windows phone are hit or miss
  • Well good for you
  • Just another whatsapp/viber/skype knockoff
  • Works fine. The thing with verification is that it keeps checking for validity time and again while you enter verification code. Ignore it and enter the code.
    App is better than hike which supports only a few countries. Well again, these apps aren't that helpful if you don't have someone living abroad.
  • Oh wow, yuilop on WP?? That was unexpected
  • WhatsApp is sluggish ..perhaps the only wp8 that takes so long to open.
  • I never received the verification code for this. Plus, my phone does not ring whenever I get a call after installing it. Strange.
  • Looks like I won't be installing this until they fix the problems everyone else has been experiencing. It pays to read the comments to the articles.
  • Lucky it's a weekend coz I spent all day factory resetting n restoring all my apps. Yeah I should've read the comments 1st lol oh well I've learnt a valuable lesson
  • +1     My 720 is brand new right now (due to the need for a hard reset), never again will I be an eager beaver to install apps like this one.
  • I just reset mine this past weekend. Now I don't feel like doing that again.
  • Painful to reset. More so on 7.8 where SMS can't be saved :-(
  • Didn't liked the app...
  • Not receiving verification code. India. On operators IDEA and RELIANCE CDMA.
  • Canada.. Says something about no numbers right now.. Please try again in 24hrs... Its said that for 3 days now.. No numbers for windows phone?
  • I might've jumped the gun lol my headphones r still playing up so might be the headphone jack:(
  • Unusable. Tried inputting the verification code and all I got were persistent error messages saying to "Please try again." Needs a lot of work.
  • I wrote to the yuilop support to get help with the confirmation code. Now everything works fine, still needs some improvements, but I'm looking forward to future updates. So, if you like, here's the link to the support team, maybe they can help some of you: http://support.yuilop.com/anonymous_requests/new
  • the app has for the most part worked for me but right now its doing something wierd... it wont let me send messages to anyone and idk how to fix it... its wierd