We're on a mission.

To help people communicate in new and surprisingly simple ways.

Who We Are

Pinger is the app developer behind Sideline and TextFree. The company started in 2005 on the heels of the smartphone revolution.

Today, our apps are growing, highly profitable, and serve millions of customers. We’re headquartered in San Jose, CA, with remote offices throughout the United States and Europe.

Our Core Values

Love what you do.

Life’s short. We take pride in our work and have fun doing it.

Keep it simple.

Always work to remove complexity from our products and workflow.

Do what's right.

For each other. For our users. For our company. ‘Cause it’s the right thing to do.

Win or lose together.

We embrace the process, own our mistakes, and celebrate successes.

Be the customer.

If we don’t love using our products, how can we expect or convince our customers to?

Empower the underdog.

Everything we do must be designed to enrich our users’ lives, or they simply won’t care.

Love what you do.

Life’s short. We take pride in our work and have fun doing it.

Keep it simple.

Always work to remove complexity from our products and workflow.

Do what's right.

For each other. For our users. For our company. ‘Cause it’s the right thing to do.

Win or lose together.

We embrace the process, own our mistakes, and celebrate successes.

Be the customer.

If we don’t love using our products, how can we expect or convince our customers to?

Empower the underdog.

Everything we do must be designed to enrich our users’ livers, or they simply won’t care.

Our Story

2005

Pinger Established

Our founding team (including a mannequin wrapped in Christmas lights) sets out on a new and surprisingly simple mission to build Pinger’s first app.

2007

Our First App

We started with an overly-ambitious app called the Pingerphone that taught us a valuable lesson in simplicity. So we focused on what people loved most: free texting. And boy, did we have a simple name in mind for our second app. Around the same time, Apple announced the iPhone and we knew it was on.

2009

TextFree Launch

TextFree debuts in the all-new App Store as one of the world’s first free texting apps. Overnight, it becomes the #1 way to stay connected without a carrier plan.

2012

We Hit 100 Million Downloads

As a new generation embraces texting as their primary form of communication, we support TextFree’s growth with the technological backbone and infrastructure of our communication platform.

2015

A Trend Emerges

A growing number of people begin adopting services like TextFree as a roundabout way to get a second number. Intrigued, we learn who is doing this and why. A few light bulbs later, Sideline is born.

2016

Sideline Launch

Sideline is released with a slew of new professional features, patents, and reliability improvements to give people a second number that works like their first.

2018

Meeting a New Customer

We tour the country talking to Sideline users—an inspiring mix of small business owners who all share two common needs: time and money. So we started building communication tools that give them more of both.

Now

Revolutionizing B2C Communications

Mobile professionals need specialized voice and messaging tools to help them start, run, and grow their businesses. So we’re reimagining business-to-customer communication—in new and surprisingly  simple ways.

2005

Pinger Established

Our founding team (including a mannequin wrapped in Christmas lights) sets out on a new and surprisingly simple mission to build Pinger’s first app.

2007

Our First App

We started with an overly-ambitious app called the Pingerphone that taught us a valuable lesson in simplicity. So we focused on what people loved most: free texting. And boy, did we have a simple name in mind for our second app. Around the same time, Apple announced the iPhone and we knew it was on.

2009

TextFree Launch

TextFree debuts in the all-new App Store as one of the world’s first free texting apps. Overnight, it becomes the #1 way to stay connected without a carrier plan.

2012

We Hit 100 Million Downloads
As a new generation embraces texting as their primary form of communication, we support TextFree’s growth with the technological backbone and infrastructure of our communication platform.

2015

A Trend Emerges
A growing number of people begin adopting services like TextFree as a roundabout way to get a second number. Intrigued, we learn who is doing this and why. A few light bulbs later, Sideline is born.

2016

Sideline Launch
Sideline is released with a stew of new professional features, patents, and reliability improvements to give people a second number that works like their first.

2018

Meeting a New Customer
We tour the country talking to Sideline users—an inspiring mix of small business owners who all share two common needs: time and money. So we started building communication tools that give them more of both.

Now

Revolutionizing B2C Communications
Mobile professionals need specialized voice and messaging tools to help them start, run, and grow their businesses. So we’re reimagining business-to-customer communication—in new and surprisingly  simple ways.

2005

Pinger Established

Our founding team (including a mannequin wrapped in Christmas lights) sets out on a new and surprisingly simple mission to build Pinger’s first app.

2007

Our First App

We started with an overly-ambitious app called the Pingerphone that taught us a valuable lesson in simplicity. So we focused on what people loved most: free texting. And boy, did we have a simple name in mind for our second app. Around the same time, Apple announced the iPhone and we knew it was on.

2009

TextFree Launch

TextFree debuts in the all-new App Store as one of the world’s first free texting apps. Overnight, it becomes the #1 way to stay connected without a carrier plan.

2012

We Hit 100 Million Downloads
As a new generation embraces texting as their primary form of communication, we support TextFree’s growth with the technological backbone and infrastructure of our communication platform.

2015

A Trend Emerges
A growing number of people begin adopting services like TextFree as a roundabout way to get a second number. Intrigued, we learn who is doing this and why. A few light bulbs later, Sideline is born.

2016

Sideline Launch
Sideline is released with a slew of new professional features, patents, and reliability improvements to give people a second number that works like their first.

2018

Meeting a New Customer
We tour the country talking to Sideline users—an inspiring mix of small business owners who all share two common needs: time and money. So we started building communication tools that give them more of both.

Now

Revolutionizing B2C Communications
Mobile professionals need specialized voice and messaging tools to help them start, run, and grow their businesses. So we’re reimagining business-to-customer communication—in new and surprisingly  simple ways.

Opportunity Knocks

We're looking for smart people who can solve problems with creativity, logic, technology, and a little bit of elbow grease. Sound like you?