Ipad Text Messaging

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  1. rickp1 macrumors member

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    Hey guys and gals, new here. I just got my ipad 2 and I have a question. I learned that the messaging app in the ipad is pretty useless since you cant use it like a traditional messaging system.

    So my question is what's a good app for typical texting on the ipad?
    If there's a way to sync it with my iphone or link it to the same number even better, but i think that's pushing it to be honest.


    thanks
     
  2. B.A.T macrumors 6502

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    The messaging app is only as good as the user.
     
  3. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    You could use Whatsapp which would be registered with your phones number.
     
  4. rickp1 thread starter macrumors member

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    thank you. something useful i can use.
     
  5. Zcott macrumors 68020

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    The messaging app is great if your friends and family have iPhones or iPads.
     
  6. rickp1 thread starter macrumors member

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    I agree, but the problem is not many do, even as popular as those systems are. It's still very limiting. As such it's the reason I'm looking for a viable solution where I can still text from the ipad without getting a new number.

    To be honest I'm not that familiar with all the apps out there, so I'm reaching out to people that hopefully are.
     
  7. TLewis macrumors 65816

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    Whatsapp only works on iPhones, as it requires a phone. It doesn't work on iPads or iPods.

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    If you can use it, the built-in messaging app is really the best. It's only limiting if your friends don't have Apple iPhones, iPads, or iPods.

    If you can't use it, there are a number of apps that allow iPads to send/receive text messages. Just search for "text messaging" using the iPad's "App Store" app (do it via the app, and not a web browser on the iPad or another computer). They all have pros and cons. One popular example is, "Textfree for iPad".
     
  8. GeorgieAcevedo macrumors 6502a

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    Google voice my friend. Do some searching on that. :rolleyes:
     
  9. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    OP has stated he doesn't want to get a new number
     
  10. TLewis macrumors 65816

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    Google voice is great, but the text messaging doesn't work everywhere. For example, paypal can't/won't send text messages to GV numbers. (Yes, I'm stupid for using paypal, but that doesn't change the fact that I don't receive paypal txts at my GV number.)

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    True but, unless he wants to lose the phone service (via number porting), he probably has to get a new number.

    That's why iMessage and GV are great -- you can get notified on multiple devices, and also reply from multiple devices.
     
  11. Gav2k macrumors G3

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    Not true! It works fine and there are plenty of guides on how to do so!
     
  12. Ladybug macrumors 65816

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    I use Textfree and it works pretty well for the most part. The one thing I don't like about it is, if you don't send a text for awhile, you lose your number assigned to you. If you are a heavy text messages, this might not be a problem.
     
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  14. TLewis macrumors 65816

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    Even if that works, the OP wants a way of receiving regular txt messages on his iPad. How is whatsapp going to help with that???
     
  15. DrNoellyG macrumors member

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    I was using whatsapp for a while there, and I know it is not what you are looking for, but this was the closest I could get without getting a new number. Whatever you find,please post it here for those of us in search of a solution.
     
  16. SHirsch999 macrumors 6502a

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    I also use text free and like it a lot. I've never had a problem with it, but the OP would need a new number to use it.
     
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    I don't think there is a way to integrate your iPhone number onto your iPad for texting.

    I use Google Voice and Talkatone. Set up a free phone number on Google. Download the Talkatone app. You can then send/receive free texts to/from any phone in the US. You can also make/receive free calls on your iPad as well.
     
  19. Aspasia macrumors 65816

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    Textnowme works with iPads, any cell phone, iPods, and even computers. You can also send photos.
     
  20. Che Castro macrumors 603

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    It doesnt give you push notifications
     
  21. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

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    Maybe I don't get it, but if they are in my contacts, I can text them on my iPad
     
  22. rickp1 thread starter macrumors member

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    I have a GV number but I've never used it because i guess i didn't really know how to benefit from it to be honest. With that said, i really like your recommendation. I think I'll explore this option as it sounds the most versatile for both iphone and ipad. Not exaclty what I was looking for but good non the less.

    Thanks for the info, really. This is why i joined, to be educated on different solutions.
     
  23. Che Castro macrumors 603

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    Im planning on using the following

    Bitesms
    Sms gv extension
    Google voice app for push

    When the jailbreak comes out
     

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