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Old Nov 11, 2012, 05:57 PM   #1
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If I use a data only sim on my iPhone 5 with AT&T can I still send texts

Not iMessage but real texts
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Old Nov 11, 2012, 05:58 PM   #2
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Does a data only sim give you a phone number to text from? I doubt it, but I'm not 100% sure.

You can try Google Voice or something similar. That should work.
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Old Nov 11, 2012, 06:03 PM   #3
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Does a data only sim give you a phone number to text from? I doubt it, but I'm not 100% sure.

You can try Google Voice or something similar. That should work.
No, not an SMS text through the Messages app. Another app, like Google Voice, or an iMessage works. You are assigned a number even on a data-only sim however it is not provisioned for calls or SMS messages.
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Old Nov 11, 2012, 06:08 PM   #4
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This guy again...

I currently have a data-only sim in one of my iPhone 3GS & it's working fine. But since it's data-only, it strictly means data-only, no calls or text for that matter. The only way to send "texts" would be through an app like Whatsapp or Kakaotalk. The only way to make "calls" would be through Skype or some other app with the same function.
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Old Nov 11, 2012, 06:27 PM   #5
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That's too bad.

In an ideal world I'd be able to disable phone calls and ONLY have

Texts
iMessage
Email
Safari
YouTube.

Just Internet basically with messaging (texts and iMessage).

I would LOVE something like this.
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Old Nov 11, 2012, 06:30 PM   #6
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That's too bad.

In an ideal world I'd be able to disable phone calls and ONLY have

Texts
iMessage
Email
Safari
YouTube.

Just Internet basically with messaging (texts and iMessage).

I would LOVE something like this.
Pretty sure thats called an ipod , tablet, laptop, or computer.
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Old Nov 11, 2012, 06:33 PM   #7
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Pretty sure thats called an ipod , tablet, laptop, or computer.
I thought you said you couldn't text on those.
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Old Nov 11, 2012, 06:36 PM   #8
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Why would you think a data only SIM card can text(through normal carrier-based SMS)? Data only means data only.

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Old Nov 11, 2012, 06:38 PM   #9
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I thought you said you couldn't text on those.
I never said that. Maybe someone else did....?

I have all of the above, and I can text from any of those devices provided that there is DATA , or WIFI.
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Old Nov 11, 2012, 06:41 PM   #10
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I never said that. Maybe someone else did....?

I have all of the above, and I can text from any of those devices provided that there is DATA , or WIFI.
How do you send SMS?
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How do you send SMS?
WhatsApp works good on data
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Old Nov 11, 2012, 06:56 PM   #12
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If you can prove to your tel-co that you can't hear, they'll give you a sim that does texts and data. Otherwise, you get a pay as you go sim and just use data and texts (it'll be more expensive though).

I send texts via google voice and haven't had issues. That or one of the other recommendations will work.
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In an ideal world I'd be able to disable phone calls and ONLY have

Texts
iMessage
Email
Safari
YouTube.

Just Internet basically with messaging (texts and iMessage).

I would LOVE something like this.
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if you can prove to your tel-co that you can't hear, they'll give you a sim that does texts and data.
at&t?
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Old Nov 11, 2012, 07:16 PM   #14
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Does a data only sim give you a phone number to text from? I doubt it, but I'm not 100% sure
Yes, it will.

Every SIM has to have an MSISDN attached to it.

That doesn't mean that the SIM will be provisioned to allow either voice or messaging services to be used though.

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Why would you think a data only SIM card can text(through normal carrier-based SMS)? Data only means data only.
Most mobile broadband devices (dongles, Mi-Fis etc.) are designed to send and receive SMS. They're used by some carriers to send messages to the customer about their account.
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Old Nov 11, 2012, 07:37 PM   #15
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Don't you have to verify the phone number for whatsapp, google voice, and vonage on your data only phone? How do you get around that?

Thanks, I'm planning on doing the same as you if it's possible.

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WhatsApp works good on data
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Don't you have to verify the phone number for whatsapp, google voice, and vonage on your data only phone? How do you get around that?

Thanks, I'm planning on doing the same as you if it's possible.
Google Voice app is available for the iPad and the iPod touch. An iPhone with data only isn't much different.
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Likely all of them. I imagine it's to comply with ADA.
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Old Nov 11, 2012, 09:55 PM   #18
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Is google voice really as reliable as SMS?

I'd imagine its like text free or something lol those are SO hit or miss
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Google Voice is extremely reliable (at least for me anyway). I use GV text and voice for both personal and business use.
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Google Voice is extremely reliable (at least for me anyway). I use GV text and voice for both personal and business use.
Really?

1) How much is google voice

2) on my iPhone 5, with a data sim, could I disable the phone call part of google voice?

I only want texting, Internet, YouTube, Netflix, email.

No phone calls.
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1) How much is google voice
Free. International calling is not free though.

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Not sure.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 11:10 AM   #22
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Free. International calling is not free though.

Not sure.
Ok. That's great I'll have to sign up for google voice. Not sure what I could use the extra line for but it's definitely worth getting.

I wish someone on here knew if the phone part could be turned off.

Anyone?
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 09:20 PM   #23
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Does AT&T themselves offer data sim only ?
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Ok. That's great I'll have to sign up for google voice. Not sure what I could use the extra line for but it's definitely worth getting.

I wish someone on here knew if the phone part could be turned off.

Anyone?
Just get a data only line and put a voice block on the account.
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Old Nov 12, 2012, 11:22 PM   #25
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Just get a data only line and put a voice block on the account.
Is the voice block on google voice? Or are you talking about AT&T.

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Does AT&T themselves offer data sim only ?
I believe for the iPad.
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