SHOUT! is not intended to replace your SMS messaging app. It’s not intended to handle your contact or group management. There are lots of apps better suited for those purposes. What SHOUT! does is get your message to your pre-defined groups very efficiently.
Want to see what’s going on tonight? Group text all your friends in 2 clicks. Want to update a group of family members that you’ve arrived safely after a flight? Blast text messages to them in 2 clicks. Need to tell your team at work you’re running last? Broadcast a SMS message to them in just 2 clicks!
Why SHOUT!? Because it’s the fastest tool to get my message to a group of people! It was never intended to be the soup-to-nuts of SMS apps. I like the pure utility of it. It’s single purposed and as a result requires far less code. Less code means it’s easier to maintain and should have fewer bugs ;)
You can send up to 100 messages per hour in Android from any application. That’s the other beauty of a utilitarian design! You send out the initial blast but all the responses come in to your regular SMS messaging app! As you reply to people you’ve consumed none of that app’s hourly allotment.