Last year, Pushbullet rustled some feathers, to put it very mildly, when they launched the premium version of their widely used smartphone/PC synchronization app. Users complained that the company effectively gutted the free version to strong-arm users into forking over $40 per year for essentially the same service they’d been enjoying for free. This created a perfect opening for competitors like Join to step up to the plate.

While Join was in beta, the app offered many of the same features as Pushbullet for no charge at all. In a move that starkly contrasted the actions of Pushbullet, the developer gave his users warning well in advance that he would be monetizing the app, and he even consulted with them to help determine a fair cost. Although many users said they would be willing to pay more for the app, developer João Dias ultimately decided to go with the lowest price point of 5 USD. This single payment unlocks all features of the app and turns off all ads.

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Due to fees and taxes, Dias ultimately only receives ~0.49 USD per sale at this price. If you’d like to support this developer further, there are options to unlock the app for 10.99 USD and 16.49 USD. Unlocking the app at these higher prices gives you all the same benefits of the less expensive unlock. Alternatively, the option exists to leave ads on if you’d rather show your support that way. These features are completely optional.

On top of all this, the lowest tier unlock is currently 25% off as part of an introductory sale. If you’re one of the legions who walked away from Pushbullet but have not yet found a replacement, this app and its developer really seem to be going about things the right way. Click the button below to download Join from the Google Play Store, and let us know what you think of it in the comments!

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  • Hotbod Handsomeface

    Play Store link broken.

    • João Dias

      See my reply above

      • BB

        Above where? Searching in the Play Store reveals nothing. Does this app actually exist?

      • Hotbod Handsomeface

        Still broken. You win the idiot award, João.

  • Dave

    Link is broken and the app does not exist in the play store. Either way it looks rather limiting compared to Pushbullet. PB allows me to reply to Hangout, SMS, and BBM messages. This does not seem to support this feature set.

    • João Dias

      See my reply above. Also, that’s an old video :) The app can now do what you describe.

      • Yep, it’s pretty amazing. You can even mark messages from Inbox as done right from your computer, too, for instance :)

        • dima

          i’m looking with a pushbullet alternative with a firefox extension, i only care about responding to texts through firefox.. does it allow that?

      • John William Dye

        Do you have a more recent promo video I could use?

        • João Dias

          sorry, not yet. I’ll try doing one for when I release the app for everyone :)

  • Pez Smith

    $5 –> $0.49 … should ask Apple/Google accountants for advice.

    • JosephHindy

      Some of that is regional taxes. Google/Apple only take 35% (would be about $1.75). The rest is taken by someone/something else.

  • Bart Koppelmans

    Another one bites the dust

  • just1box

    How I got it to work…had to sign up for the beta FIRST. Then the google play link worked. PB was and IS a let down. I paid to unlock Join also.