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Discussion in 'Android Devices' started by iAndroiid, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. iAndroiid

    iAndroiid Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Any e-mail address in the world can send a text message. So why pay for a text plan when you already probably have data plan on your phone?

    Not sure how much unlimited texts is now but I have an old plan which is $10 dollars a month for unlimited Verizon to Verizon; with 500 texts out of network. So, if I cancel texts on my cell phone plan I can just use the "mail" application that comes with the phone. Use my gmail account and send out texts to numbers and tell my friends when sending me a text just type "username@gmail.com". This way I receive texts from other people through my e-mail and I can also reply back with an e-mail which would really be like a text. You can text from your computer and cell phone.

    Text via e-mail (for at&t users): 10-digit@txt.att.net

    Text via e-mail (for Verizon users): 10-digit@vtext.com.

    Very useful encase you want to save money. I am thinking about canceling texts on my plan. Maybe you all already knew this. I knew I could send pictures to my phone years ago before I even had a smart phone but I just realized this again and thought about canceling my text plan. What do you guys think?

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  2. Kevkelsar

    Kevkelsar Android Enthusiast

    Yup, my wife texts to my email account, and I text back using the "her number"@vtext.com. She is on an unlimited texting plan (no data plan), so we don't pay to "text" each other.

    The other way to get around text plans is through Google Voice, which is what I use for texting everyone else.
  3. AwesomeIT

    AwesomeIT Well-Known Member

    I find it easier to text with the native text messaging application. I don't mind paying for convenience. But yes, I knew you could send and receive text message through email.
  4. tarponbeach

    tarponbeach Android Enthusiast

    The only problem, is when someone SENDS you a text, using your cell#. You also pay for incoming texts.
  5. gruss

    gruss Android Expert

    txting is bundled with my plan so I'll take the ease of simply txting and not making all my friends enter in my email address into their dumb phones. but yes it would be a way around the txt plan charges
  6. iAndroiid

    iAndroiid Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    Yes but if the other person has texting you will not have to pay
    What's your plan if you don't mind me asking
  7. IzelTokatl

    IzelTokatl Android Enthusiast

    for those of you looking to text non verizon and att people the full list:

    Alltel: phonenumber@message.alltel.com
    AT&T: phonenumber@txt.att.net
    Boost Mobile: phonenumber@myboostmobile.com
    Centennial Wireless (Picture): phonenumber@myblue.com
    Centennial Wireless: phonenumber @cwemail.com
    Cingular: phonenumber@cingularme.com
    Cricket: phonenumber@sms.mycricket.com
    Metro PCS: phonenumber@MyMetroPcs.com
    Mobi: Itsz (Hawaii): phonenumber@mobipcs.net
    MobiPCS: phonenumber@mobipcs.net
    Nextel: phonenumber@messaging.nextel.com
    Powertel: phonenumber@ptel.net
    Rogers (Canada): phonenumber@pcs.rogers.com
    Southern Linc: phonenumber@page.southernlinc.com
    Sprint (HTC Mogul): phonenumber@pm.sprint.com
    Sprint: phonenumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com
    SunCom: phonenumber@tms.suncom.com
    T-Mobile: phonenumber@tmomail.net
    US Cellular (Audio, mp3, picture jpg, and video 3gp): phonenumber@mms.uscc.net
    US Cellular: phonenumber@email.uscc.net
    Verizon (Pictures and Music): phonenumber@vzwpix.com
    Verizon: phonenumber@vtext.com
    Virgin Mobile: phonenumber@vmobl.com
  8. IzelTokatl

    IzelTokatl Android Enthusiast

    If you do cancel your txt plan, make sure you also ask to "block" texting. if someone texts you, and you have no plan and you have NOT blocked text messaging, you will be charged a per text fee.

    So dont forget to block texting if you have no plan.
  9. swabbot

    swabbot Newbie

    Would this count as "data" for anyone sending a text to an email?

    If they don't have a data plan, wouldn't they get charged?
  10. Dangraef

    Dangraef Newbie

    I turned off my txt plan as soon as me the my wife got the ERIS. We just use Gtalk to txt, and anyone else I have them send txt's to my google voice number so they don't get confused with email addresses. (No charge)

    Also what I did is called verizon and had them turn on txt blocking, so if someone tries to txt my verizon number I do not get charged... then they just call me and ask why I cant get txt's (if they txt you they get a responce saying it is blocked) and I just explain how to txt me on my other number... I may just start giving out my google voice number...
  11. gruss

    gruss Android Expert

    Alltel's Smartchoice plan (unlimted txt on add a lines and 7pm nights). Verizon has been trying to get me off of there but I won't give it up until they pry the cell phone outta my cold dead arthritic txting fingers ;) or until prices drop enough to make me wanna switch.
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  12. textstev

    textstev Well-Known Member

    Google Voice FTW. I Can't wait until it goes mainstream. It's awesome.
  13. jaboda79

    jaboda79 Member

    Yup, I'm on the same plan I think. Last time I was in the store, the guy was like, 'You know you're not getting the full benefits of a Verizon plan, let's see what we can do.' You can drop your prices, that's what you can do. Until then, I'm happy being 'between providers.'
    Sorry for getting off topic.
    I would like to try GVoice, but since we have the plan, it is also not necessary for now.
  14. Pegleg

    Pegleg Member

    Not if you have them text to your GV #.
  15. Philosophre

    Philosophre Well-Known Member

    From what I read. (I'm in the process of setting up my GV) GV can't send pictures or videos through. I assume I can just log on to my gmail account and send it to them via attachment.
  16. iAndroiid

    iAndroiid Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    what?!?! no way. you can have them send texts to you through Google Voice and it's no charge to receive but cost money to send out?
  17. Philosophre

    Philosophre Well-Known Member

    So if a lady friend sends me a pic of her new tattoo in a new place, I won't get it because i chose to save money and block txt and just have sms being forwarded to my google voice. Then no thank you.
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  18. iAndroiid

    iAndroiid Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

    haha have her just e-mail it to you you'll get it
  19. leojbramble

    leojbramble Lurker

    Problem is, when I send an email to Verizon text it limits me to... 130 characters, I think.

    How is that not a problem for you guys? Sure, you can break your longer texts into multiple messages, but is that not quite inconvenient? Or am I missing something?
  20. erisuser1

    erisuser1 Android Expert

    if u cn rd ths msg... nd so frth :D
  21. Demache

    Demache Android Expert

    Never really was a problem with me. Its an inherent limitation of SMS on GSM phones, so I've gotten pretty good at keeping my messages short. :D

    Still, I have normal texting, so its no big deal.
  22. iAndroiid

    iAndroiid Android Enthusiast
    Thread Starter

  23. MOS95B

    MOS95B Android Enthusiast

    I got the unlimited text plan. My kids, and the guys I work with, refuse to call, just text. Don't even know why they have microphones on their phones...
  24. MOS95B

    MOS95B Android Enthusiast

    If I need to convey a message that long, especially to someone with a phone, I call them. It's a really cool feature they've added to phones lately...

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