1. Check out our companion app, Forums for Android! Download from Google Play

General Just got off the phone with Verizon..

Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by Sleeve, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. Sleeve

    Sleeve Member
    Thread Starter
    15

    Jul 21, 2010
    13
    0
    15
    (no this is not a Froyo thread) and the CS agent hinted there is a way to send Text Messages as data, so one isn't billed for a text. He said he can't say more, but I should look into it.

    I'm going to Japan in a week and I'm putting the international data plan on. However, text messages are still $.50 to send.

    Can any of you internet Ninjas help me out?
     

    Advertisement

  2. rsarno

    rsarno Thank Me, Im Irish!
    143

    Jun 6, 2010
    1,675
    206
    143
    Westchester, NY
    wouldnt google voice work for this?
     
  3. euph_22

    euph_22 Well-Known Member
    213

    Feb 24, 2010
    2,634
    595
    213
    Grad Student (Applied/Computational Math)
    Milwaukee, WI
    Google voice
     
  4. Sleeve

    Sleeve Member
    Thread Starter
    15

    Jul 21, 2010
    13
    0
    15
    Is that an App? Sorry i'm green when it comes to smart phones.


    Edit: The App says it's "currently only available in the US". :mad:
     
  5. contagous

    contagous Well-Known Member
    93

    May 21, 2010
    966
    132
    93
    Gfx Design / Network Engineer
    Seattle WA
    Attach a picture, its now a MMS, which uses Data :p
     
  6. Sleeve

    Sleeve Member
    Thread Starter
    15

    Jul 21, 2010
    13
    0
    15
    Doesn't that just make it a pic message?
     
  7. fclick

    fclick Member
    5

    May 6, 2010
    9
    0
    5
  8. contagous

    contagous Well-Known Member
    93

    May 21, 2010
    966
    132
    93
    Gfx Design / Network Engineer
    Seattle WA
    I always thought MMS counted as data, as it send's out over 3G EVDO network not the 1x network. I might be wrong, but i'm pretty sure I haven't had a charge on my account for the pic msgs i've sent in the past.

    Im looking into it more now
     
  9. TPR300C

    TPR300C Well-Known Member
    38

    Apr 9, 2010
    128
    23
    38
    Anaheim, CA
    I worked for VZW and I can tell you its a picture message. Most people think it uses your text messages but its actually data on SOME phones. Most phones give you the option to start a new SMS or MMS message. If you start it as an MMS it sends it like a picture. On the Incredible it just gives you the option for a new message and only if you apply a picture does it send it as a picture message. So you can maybe upload a picture to your phone that is blank and enter each time you send a text so it converts it to a picture message. Don't forget you will get charged for incoming text messages but that is probably 5 or 10 cents
     
  10. milnivlek

    milnivlek Well-Known Member
    38

    May 7, 2010
    122
    15
    38
    MMS is usually priced separately from data as well as regular text messages.
     
  11. 550driver

    550driver Well-Known Member
    16

    Jul 7, 2010
    46
    2
    16
    Since there is no additional charge WiFi, if you can find a hot spot, you and your contacts set up a Gmail account, log on and compose a message, save it in "Drafts"
    Your contact can log on to the same account and read the draft, compose another message, save it in "Drafts", you log on and read it, nothing gets actually sent so there should be no charge.

    Read about this in a spy novel, tried it and it works. ;)
     
  12. fearofth3dark

    fearofth3dark Well-Known Member
    38

    May 2, 2010
    249
    14
    38
    I don't know if you use aim and it's not the most convenient thing ever but I know that you can IM people's phones so they receive it as a text and you send it as an IM/
     
  13. cortecds

    cortecds Well-Known Member
    38

    Jul 13, 2010
    132
    13
    38
    freemytext app in market looks like a possibility.
     
  14. contagous

    contagous Well-Known Member
    93

    May 21, 2010
    966
    132
    93
    Gfx Design / Network Engineer
    Seattle WA
    So this is what I found out...


     
    Sleeve likes this.
  15. xb_toaster

    xb_toaster Active Member
    15

    Jan 11, 2010
    35
    0
    15
    what about textplus? I've used that on my ipad before it came out on android and it worked over wifi great so I'm assuming it would be the same via 3g
     
  16. gparadox

    gparadox Well-Known Member
    18

    Apr 25, 2010
    82
    17
    18
    pmessenger? its like BBM but not iphone, android, and blackberry.
     
  17. kayst

    kayst Well-Known Member
    73

    Apr 14, 2010
    432
    63
    73
    Austin, TX
    I'm confused - I don't have a text message plan and use google voice for msgs but can't send picture messages. Are you guys saying that MMS messages using the normal msg app are free? They don't charge 20 cents per MMS like they do per SMS?
     
  18. contagous

    contagous Well-Known Member
    93

    May 21, 2010
    966
    132
    93
    Gfx Design / Network Engineer
    Seattle WA
    I dunno what plan everyone else is on, but im only on the $59.99 plan 450 mins and unlimited text, plus the data package, and my plan give me the below benefits.

    [​IMG]

    I'm pretty sure MMS count as data as they use the 3G network to send... Unless your roaming, I don't think you get charged for them... I know I haven't anyways.
     
  19. kayatai

    kayatai New Member
    5

    Aug 20, 2010
    4
    0
    5
    I use the google voice app. You set it up so that it doesn't fwd texts from your google voice number to your cell number, and then you use the app to manage it. People must txt your google voice number for incomming to be free.

    I use this and have no txting plan at all.
     
  20. DPDAndroid

    DPDAndroid Well-Known Member
    16

    Apr 10, 2010
    68
    4
    16
    Civil Servant
    NC
    Tiger Text...... Data, no message fees. Both parties have to have the app though!
     
  21. Le0_Br4zUc4

    Le0_Br4zUc4 Well-Known Member
    36

    attach a picture so he uses data the only problem is that mms wouldbe more expensive to send from overseas if that service is available.

    Just remember the $30 you pay a month for data doesn't include an msging service, not even mms
     
  22. Le0_Br4zUc4

    Le0_Br4zUc4 Well-Known Member
    36

    your plan is the 450 min plan unlimited text and picture msg for $59.99
    you're paying an additional $20.00 to have unlimited msging service, the same plan without msging service will cost you $39.99 for 450 min

    so if you have a smartphone you're paying $89.99 ($59.99 for your 450 min w/ unlimited msging + $30.00 for data [unlimited email & web for smartphones, personal emails + $3 road side assistance] = $92.98 total bill before taxes) then you include taxes your total should be around $105 or so.

    the $30 data for smartphone does not include mms, the data charge includes internet, email and gps using google maps not the vzw navigator.
     
  23. Get google talk its the best!!!
     
  24. Berry2Droid

    Berry2Droid Well-Known Member
    43

    Nov 17, 2009
    402
    45
    43
    Assistant Manager for Verizon Wireless
    NJ
    Pictures messages do use the data network to send, however they are billed as text messages, thus why you dont need a seperate plan to send pictures messages. If you do this over sea's you will 100% get billed .50c to sent, .25c to receive. If you have the international data plan, you will still get billed. You can use vtext.com thats texting through the internet, or any app these ppl are throwing out that will work internationally, that use data to send. Ide be careful though, our network might still be able to recognize it as a text.
     

Share This Page

Loading...