Text message with 3G

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  1. Badrottie Suspended

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    Not sure where to post right forum iPad app or here.

    Anyway I was toying with 3G enabled to try text message to other non iPad/iPhone but it seems not work. I know iMessage works just fine. Did I miss something?
     
  2. iphone1105 macrumors 68020

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    Do you have 3G service? I dont think you can text a standard line with just a iPad data plan, i may be wrong, just throwing stuff out to help.
     
  3. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    Yes. It's not a phone. You can't send SMS messages directly.

    You might be able to do is use Google Voice to send/receive SMS texts, but I've not tried it from ipad.
     
  4. azure247 macrumors 6502

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    Get textfree app. You can send SMS text messages to any person using their phone number using your 3G.
     
  5. Badrottie thread starter Suspended

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    Then why do I see cellular data number under general setting assuming SMS text should work with 3G????
     
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    You see that number because it is tied to your SIM for data.
     
  7. rkahl macrumors 65816

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    Did you subscribe to a messaging plan? NO, because there isn't one.
     
  8. Badrottie thread starter Suspended

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    True but still....even BEFORE iMessage came out for iPad what is the point of SMS text app installed on iPad with 3G that does NOT work?!?
     
  9. IllIllIll macrumors 65816

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    SMS messages aren't transmitted or received on a phone's data band, but on the cellular voice band. iPads and other data-only mobile devices do not have the hardware to handle SMS messaging natively.

    Google Voice, TextPlus, etc. just serve as conduit apps that take a text message sent over 2G/3G/4G data and delivers it via cellular bandwidth. And as far as I know, iMessage is NOT SMS.
     
  10. Badrottie thread starter Suspended

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    Never mind messages app did not exist until after new iMessage released.
     
  11. Polymira macrumors regular

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    I'm not quite sure what you're trying to say here. There was no messaging/SMS app on the iPad pre iOS 5.0. iOS 5.0 introduced iMessages.
     
  12. xraydoc macrumors demi-god

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    +1

    You cannot send SMS in the conventional sense with a 3G iPad. Never could.
     
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    Also check into TextNow:

    Also has a web application (haven't tried it, or using my iPad as a phone, which it claims can be done).

    I can attest it works great with the iPad and iPod - and even the kids' cell phones (not iPhones).
     
  15. Badrottie thread starter Suspended

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    Okay thank you everyone I guess I will try textplus app.
     

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