Good app for sending text messages for free/cheap over wifi?

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  1. HXGuy macrumors 68000

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    Going to be traveling to Europe and was wondering what a good app is for sending text messages from Europe back to the US...either from the App Store or Cydia.

    I want something where the receiver does not have to also have the app like is the case with textplus (I think).

    Thanks.
     
  2. jermy4 macrumors demi-god

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  3. dranakin macrumors 6502

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    I'm a fan of Textfree. It actually gives you a 10-digit number that is designated as your texting "phone" number, so it'll work when sending to any carrier. Works fast over Wifi.
     
  4. b-rad g macrumors 6502a

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    +1 for TextFree. I used it when I had an iPod Touch and it works great. You even get to have a choice much cooler alert tones than the iPhone.
     
  5. iggypod macrumors 6502a

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    +1 for textfree unlimited.
     
  6. Steagles macrumors newbie

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  7. HXGuy thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Nice, thanks guys. I just got it and it looks great.

    Am I correct in understand it only works over Wifi for the iPhone? Or does it work over EDGE/3G and if so, how does that get billed? What happens in another country if you are using their SIM?
     
  8. nburwell macrumors 68040

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    It should work over both wi-fi and the cellular data network. Since it's uses up data, you will be billed for data charges. But if you're stictly using wi-fi, then you shouldn't need to worry about data charges. Are your plans to only use your iPhone in "airplane" mode while in Europe and use free available wi-fi? Or are you purchasing a SIM over there and popping it in your iPhone?
     
  9. HXGuy thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ill be purchasing a SIM while over there with a local number. I wonder what their data rates are and how much data does a text message use?
     
  10. nburwell macrumors 68040

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    That would be something you have to look up either online or when you get into the country you're flying into. Either way, I know it's cheaper than AT&T's international data plans, so you'll definitely be better off with the popping the European SIM into your phone.
     
  11. HXGuy thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I've been before (Romania) and sending a text to the US using their SIM (Orange) was 25 cents per message if I remember correctly. I wonder if it will be cheaper using TextFree via their data.
     
  12. nburwell macrumors 68040

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    You can always try to Google cell phone providers in Romania and see what their rates are for data. I would imagine you would pay less using TextFree + their data rate instead of their text rate since you'd be essentially sending texts back here to the states.
     
  13. HXGuy thread starter macrumors 68000

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    This is what I found for Orange Romania...


    What is CSD technology? Does the iPhone even do that? I assume I will be over 3G/EDGE/GRPS so it looks like it's around $1.00/MB, give or take.

    How much data does a text message use? I did a quick search and found a simply text email is around 20KB so can I assume a text is the same or less? If so, I should be able to send/receive ~50 text messages for $1.00.

    In comparison, sending a text message from Romania to the US is $0.16 for outgoing and incoming are free of charge, so the same 50 messages (assuming 25 sent and 25 received would cost about $4.00).
     

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