SMS Alternative Programs

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  1. markdmac

    markdmac Well-Known Member
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    My company has blocked access to SMS messages on our phones, yet we have an unlimited data plan. Does anyone know of an alternative program you can use for SMS type messages that you don't get charged for per message?
     

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  2. TheSultan

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    You could always use something like eBuddy for instant messaging...I realize that's not an exact alternative, but it IS "quick messaging". Also, I know in Google Voice you can send sms, but I don't know if it uses data or texting (i would think texting services, which makes it not an answer for your problem).

    The other answer is sending an email to text....usually it's done by sending an email to "phone number@whatevercarrier.com"
     
  3. cableguynoe

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    Maybe you shouldn't be texting at work.
     
  4. Wise

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    Google voice is all through data. But it is invite only. So you will have to wait till you can get an invite.
     
  5. mcapozzi

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    Ummm, what the hell is the difference between a text, an IM, or an e-mail?

    Duh!

    And to actually answer the question unlike "some" people. I would just use an IM client. If it has to be sms I would learn how to use the e-mail to SMS gateways that all carriers provide.

    For example to send an SMS to someone via e-mail on Verizon, just send the message to (10 digit number)@vzwpix.com. For Sprint it is (10 digit number)@messaging.sprintpcs.com

    -Mike
     
  6. Wise

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    IM clients dont allow you to text per say. With google voice its all data charges. And you can just send a txt like normal.

    Sent from my Droid using Tapatalk
     
  7. markdmac

    markdmac Well-Known Member
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    This is purely a cost issue for our company. We are an IT Consulting company and it would be nice to be able to use an IM alternative to chat live with coworkers regarding work related issues. I have a personal phone that I use for personal SMS. I'm looking for an alternative that can be used for official company use that won't cost the company any more money. I just don't get what the difference is to Verizon between unlimited email and sending SMS messages. They should just be free in my opinion due to the data plan.
     
  8. jev

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    How about using google talk?
     
  9. xbrokdikdogx

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    gotta go with Google voice here. the sms works great and I find myself using it more than my Sprint sms. OP, pm me if you need an invite to Google voice, I have one I can send you.



    Sent from my HERO200 using Tapatalk
     
  10. markdmac

    markdmac Well-Known Member
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    I would like to give the Google Talk a try. Thanks.
     

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