Versus Mode: The best free SMS services in the Philippines reviewed

Welcome to Versus Mode, a place where I pit only the strongest against each other. Today’s match is a battle for free online SMS supremacy: KuripoTxt vs Davao Directory SMS vs Chikka

Let’s kick things off with the ever popular sms service, Chikka.



Chikka is definitely the top dog when it comes to sending your SMS in the Philippines, there are two ways to send your messages: Chikka Software(which I won’t be discussing here) and Chikka’s Web-based Application.

Chikka’s interface resembles the feel of your usual IM application giving your that familiar feeling. Using it is very simple as well, simply register in their website, wait for your password from chikka and start sending messages right away. The only catch here is when you send your message for the first time your contact must reply to your chikka number in order for them to be registered, this is needed so they can continue receiving your next messages. A very notable feature of chikka allows you to login your other IM accounts as well (Yahoo, MSN, Google Talk, AIM, ICQ) which may not be used much but is a welcomed feature nevertheless.

If you have relatives or friends abroad, Chikka also supports sending sms to the following countries: United States, Philippines, Guam, India, Hong Kong (Smart 1528 only), United Kingdom, Spain, Indonesia (XLcom only), Saipan and Italy.

* Replies to chikka costs php 2.50 per text


Using chikka is easy.



While just released, KuripoTxt is starting to get a name for itself because of it’s sheer simplicity and straightforwardness. Nope, no registration needed here, just visit the KuripoTxt site and start sending your messages! The catch? You can only send your messages to Globe users and a a 70 character limit. But again, in the end, KuripoTxt gets its job done.

Update: I have just received a word from KuripoTxt’s Developer and it looks like support for Smart users is on the way.

Davao Directory SMS


Would you like to send your messages with style? then Davao Directory SMS is for you, registration is optional, only being required when you need it’s phonebook features. When you visit their website, you will be greeted by a cellphone interface, simply navigate your way through the cellphone to access the different features: My Profile, Send SMS and My Phonebook. The interface is a very likable feature as it gives you that feel of navigating through a phone. Davao Directory SMS can send to multiple carriers such as Globe, Smart and Sun.

and now for the final verdict… the winner is…


These services are great for what they are, it’s only a matter of what you are needing most, if you want to send free messages fast and easy, go for KuripoTxt or DavaoDirectory SMS, if you are usually online most of the time then Chikka is the definitely the way to go.

Unfortunately, some of the other sms services didn’t make the cut since they (a) don’t work; or (b) receiving messages takes too long.

12 Comments on “Versus Mode: The best free SMS services in the Philippines reviewed”

  1. 1 VeeBee said at 11:14 AM on April 18th, 2009:

    each have their own pros and cons really… but since im the author of KuripoTxt, i’ll get biased and say mine is great for those wanting everything quick n dirty =)

  2. 2 Cyber Valdez said at 11:30 AM on April 18th, 2009:

    Hi veebee! looks like my invitation got to you, it’s very nice of you to drop by. I’m sure everyone’s looking forward to KuripoTxt’s next update. Kudos!

  3. 3 Patrick said at 9:42 AM on April 19th, 2009:

    davao dict for me using it since it was published “easy to use”

  4. 4 JaK said at 2:09 PM on May 21st, 2009:

    Kuripotxt and Davao doesn’t work! I tried texting myself using those two.. And I still haven’t received any.. x_X

  5. 5 saykie said at 12:29 PM on June 2nd, 2009:

    kuripotxt now ready for smart w00t

  6. 6 Jean said at 10:13 AM on August 6th, 2009:

    Hmm, i used the 3 first was kuripotxt, sms davao directory, and chikka. I sent sms and the first one to arrive is chikka! I think when it comes to sending msgs faster chikka is the way to go, no delays and in instant you will get the message compared to the other 2 mentioned since till now did not received the message that I sent.

  7. 7 mumay said at 7:45 AM on August 31st, 2009:

    Chikka! for so long a time now it has proven its functionality. times its lagging but that is only one of the many ways to keep in touch. Nevertheless, the users are the winners!

  8. 8 user said at 1:49 AM on October 29th, 2009:

    KuripoTxt isn’t working its just a waste of time, I have tried it several times. So I’ll go with davaodirectory

  9. 9 nikky said at 3:20 PM on November 8th, 2009:

    Try this also offers free unlimited text service. But only for PH base network

  10. 10 shotna said at 11:40 AM on November 28th, 2009:

    bago sakin ung SMS Davao directory ah… natry ko palang ung kuripotxt at chikka. ehehehe thanks….

    Inuming Pinoy ->

  11. 11 DyeeLoo said at 5:20 PM on November 28th, 2009:

    kuripotxt is now ready for every sms provider.. yeah!

  12. 12 librengteks said at 5:26 PM on September 10th, 2010:

    Alternatively, you can use It’s fast and it’s easy. Try it.

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