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Free SMSing: US 2 CA App?

Discussion in 'Android Apps & Games' started by PatKitKat, May 31, 2010.

  1. PatKitKat

    PatKitKat Newbie
    Thread Starter

    I'm looking for an App or someway i can SMS/TXT someone in Canada from the US.

    I use Verizon and own a droid.. Currently if i wanna txt them i do it from Yahoo messenger.

    I dont wanna pay for TXTing canada cause i'm cheap... I'm j/k I'm not cheap but I dont wanna pay to be honest.

    Any App that lets me get around this? THANKSSS for reading n helping
     


  2. Drazil

    Drazil Well-Known Member

    no app that I've found yet... there was one that said it would do it, but it lied.

    if you got data, then use the websites to send txt.

    Rogers/Speakout/PetroCanada/PC/fido you can use Rogers.com - Welcome

    Bell you can use
    Bell Mobility Web Messaging

    Donno about telus cuz nobody is on telus so I don't use it.
     
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  3. PatKitKat

    PatKitKat Newbie
    Thread Starter

    ill check those sites out dude..

    What do u mean "if i got data" btw?

    Thank u for actually answering :D
     
  4. PatKitKat

    PatKitKat Newbie
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    Apparently they use TELUS :eek:
     
  5. snapcase

    snapcase Android Enthusiast

    Sadly the best way I've found was via Instant Messaging apps (AIM, MSN, Yahoo, etc.).

    At least they're fairly convenient and only use data. I was kinda happy about skype being available but like most folks was disappointed that it locks out your wifi and whatnot.
     
  6. Drazil

    Drazil Well-Known Member

    Up in Canada, a data plan is separate from a text messaging plan. A lot of people just have a data plan and don't pay extra for the texting bundle so it's cheaper (than paying 10
     
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  7. iowabowtech

    iowabowtech root@android:/ #

    Well, if they support SMS by email you can always use that old workaround. I wish someone would make an app for this that would make it semi-auto to perform, then we could all ditch our texting plans.

    Example: 555-555-5555@vtext.com (exclude the dashes, just added here to show it's a phone #)

    In the "TO" field of the email, enter in the above format using the recipient's phone number and the appropriate carrier ending. Not sure if it's supported by carriers in Canada or not. Here's some domains for the US:

    T-Mobile: @tmomail.net
    Virgin: @vmobl.com
    Cingular: @cingularme.com
    Sprint: @messaging.sprintpcs.com
    Verizon: @vtext.com (data only)
    Verizon: @vzwpics.com (pics/vids)
    Nextel: @messaging.nextel.com
    ATT: @mms.att.net
    Alltel: @message.alltel.com
    SunCom: @tms.suncom.com
    Voicestream: @voicestream.net
    MetroPCS: @mymetropcs.com

    Disclaimer: I got the above info from other sites, not sure if they are still valid or if some could have changed due to mergers, etc.

    Also, I believe you're limited to 160 characters in the subject and main body (added together for 160). Not sure if this would be a suitable solution but answers aren't exactly dropping from the sky so I figured it was worth a shot. :)
     
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  8. PatKitKat

    PatKitKat Newbie
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  9. 0sync0

    0sync0 Well-Known Member

    I think you can use Google Voice to do free texting to Canada if you have an account. But that won't help the person in Canada do free texting.
     
  10. DefiantBlob

    DefiantBlob Lurker

    I just posted an answer to your question in your welcome thread. It occurred to me to search out the thread for this, sorry. I think that an IM client is your best bet, but...

    0sync0 is on to something with Google Voice, if you have a spare invite you could get them signed up with a USA area code, even one that's local to where you are. I think that would make it appear to Verizon that you are only texting someone near by, and if they have a GV app on there phone or just log into the computer they can respond to you easily as well.
    **Although, before you do that make sure Canada numbers can have Google Voice accounts.**
     
  11. doan_1

    doan_1 Lurker

    Try these:
    Rogers Wireless: [10-digit phone number]@pcs.rogers.com
    Fido: [10-digit phone number]@fido.ca
    Telus: [10-digit phone number]@msg.telus.com
    Bell Mobility: [10-digit phone number]@txt.bell.ca
    Kudo Mobile: [10-digit phone number]@msg.koodomobile.com
    MTS: [10-digit phone number]@text.mtsmobility.com
    President’s Choice: [10-digit phone number]@txt.bell.ca
    Sasktel: [10-digit phone number]@sms.sasktel.com
    Solo: [10-digit phone number]@txt.bell.ca
    Virgin: [10-digit phone number]@vmobile.ca
     
  12. 0sync0

    0sync0 Well-Known Member

    GV isn't available in Canada.
     
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