Going abroad for school for 2 years..how can I text back home?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by ViPa, Dec 20, 2010.

  1. ViPa macrumors 6502a

    Dec 4, 2007
    whats the best app for this? ive been checking out "textnow"..seems pretty good..any advice?
  2. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    If I was abroad for two years I would buy a Sim Card for a local mobile operator and subscribe to a data package.
  3. iceterminal macrumors 68000


    May 25, 2008
    Dallas Tx.
    I'm not sure, but does google voice still use the mobile for texts or does it send/receive texts via wifi/data?

    But all else, I'd look into a Pay as you Go SIM card or a prepaid SIM.
  4. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    Which country are you going to? There might be a local option there that someone can recommend.
  5. mikelegacy macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2010
    Pittsburgh, PA
    Google voice does work. You can get international SIM's from AT&T too I believe. Not sure if they offer them for that amount of time, or what they cost, but i bet that would work. You do realize that even if YOU have international texting, the person you are texting most likely will not...
  6. abc123 macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2004
  7. ViPa thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 4, 2007
    going to st maarten..i will be purchasing a sim over there and using it prepaid for local phone calls but ill need to text back home as well
  8. abc123 macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2004
    I'm unsure how it works elsewhere but I regularly send texts back and forth to my brother in the UK from Australia. I just get charged 50c for each message which comes out of my cap credit. You might be able to send them straight from your prepaid sim.

    We don't have google voice here so I'm not familiar with it but I do also use Fring with gchat to send and recieve messages with some people via my iphone. It isn't as clean as the iphone sms interface and the other person needs a way to connect to gchat on their phone or be at a computer but it works well enough.
  9. JoeG4 macrumors 68030


    Jan 11, 2002
    Bay Area, Ca.
    Google voice does send texts through the data plan, that's how I abuse google voice on my android ;)
  10. kenypowa macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2008
    And for the OP, it's free international text messaging. All he needs is a data plan (or just wifi access)
  11. ViPa thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Dec 4, 2007
    yeah ill need to send messages regularly so paying international rates is out of the question lol
  12. Psood21 macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2007
    ok, i would suggest that your best bet is to buy a local sim with a data plan, provided that your iphone is unlocked. Then Use a service like whatsapp to send messages to other iphone, Android, symbian phone.

    Otherwise the next best bet would be to your textfree.
  13. ohio.emt macrumors 6502a

    Jul 18, 2008
    You can send free text messages to cell phones using an AIM account and people can reply back. This can be done over wifi or cell data service. I use trillian for this on my phone, but the official AIM app, IM+, or beehive should work as well.
  14. cirial macrumors regular

    May 2, 2010
    Pompano Beach, FL
    Just use instant messaging.. sign into meebo on your phone using AIM, MSN, etc
  15. Tarzanman macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2010
    I would use google voice, and maybe set up your own VPN proxy here in the US to be on the safe side
  16. los318 macrumors 6502


    Jun 29, 2010
    Austin, Tx
    if your jailbroken you can use BiteSMS for international texting. Its ~$7 for a licence now and i think you have to buy credits for texting over there network separately but its cheaper rates then a carrier would charge. Check out their site.

  17. MACis122 macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2010

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