Line2 is already one of the best business solutions for the iPhone, and now it’s gotten even better as the company gives consumers a few more reasons to sign on.

Toktumi Inc., the San Francisco-based company behind Line2, announced Thursday that the app will be updated to include SMS text messaging. The update, Line2 version 3.0, has just been approved by Apple and will hit the iTunes store soon.

This makes Line2 the first VoIP app to incude SMS texting.

“Unlike texting-only applications for the iPhone, Line2 combines VoIP calling capabilities and carrier-grade texting in one app, so that customers can use one number for both types of communication,” the company said in a statement. “There is no other calling app available on the iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch that offers this.”

In addition to the update, the price of Line2 has dropped to $9.95 per month.

"We believe that Line2 Version 3.0 will be extremely popular with consumers. We added unlimited SMS and removed business features that consumers didn’t need, allowing us to lower the price to just $9.95/month and broaden Line2’s appeal," said Peter Sisson, Founder and CEO of Toktumi. "We still provide our business customers a full-featured version of Line2 with all of the features of the prior version, plus unlimited SMS, for $14.95/month.”

Line2 allows users to add a second phone number to their iPhone, which works over the cellular and WiFi networks. It also works on the new iPod Touch models.

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