Sending text messages to numbers abroad is getting cheaper, with a new service, Blitztxt.com .

Rather than using regular text messaging, charged at UK operators' normal high rates for sending abroad, Blitztxt.com uses a downloadable text application that sits on your phone. The service sends texts via GPRS via the downloadable Java application.

In this way, texts abroad cost around 10p rather than the normal average charge from operators of around 35p per text abroad.

Blitztxt.com users can simply select their regular contact numbers when texting - there's no need for additional codes required.The person receiving a text sent using Blitztxt.com doesn't need any software to get it, and views message in exactly the same way.

In addition, Blitztxt.com users can send picture, email and instant messaging to each other free of charge.

Users who register on Blitztxt.com can try the service with a couple of texts before they sign up to cheap international text packages. These cost £5 for 50 international texts. Users can also receive bonus credits for referring new users to Blitztxt.com.