Pinger Launches Free Texting and Calling Service in Canada

San Jose’s Pinger announced today a new iOS application for Canada.

Pinger is a free phone app that turns iPads and iPods into mobile phones and adds a free phone line to iPhones.

Pinger users can text and call for free to any phone in the U.S. and Canada, including smartphones, landlines and basic mobile phones.

In the U.S. alone, Pinger’s eight million active users send more than two billion text messages and call for 75 million minutes a month. Making Pinger is the seventh largest U.S. carrier by SMS volume.

According to comScore, the company’s apps are installed in 21% of U.S. iOS devices, putting Pinger among the Top 5 most installed U.S. apps of all time on iOS. Pinger’s apps are the most frequently launched on iOS, and users spend an average of 32 minutes a day using the apps.

Users get a local Canadian phone number from which they can send unlimited free texts to any phone in Canada, the U.S. and more than 35 countries. Users can also call any phone in Canada and the U.S. for free.

Pinger works over 3G or WiFi and the app can be downloaded free from the iTunes App Store. An Android version of Pinger will be available in Canada later this month.