Will Jailbreaking Help me with this?

Discussion in 'Jailbreaks and iOS Hacks' started by southpaw17, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. southpaw17 macrumors member

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    I am located in the U.S. and bought my 3gs back in July i think. Now I am moving to Australia for a while and want to be able to keep in touch with people back home via call or text. Mainly text though. I have checked with AT&T but they do not have international texts and I would be paying $0.50 per text and that's not going to happen. Is there anything I can do as far as jailbreaking so that I can use it to contact America from Australia?
    Thanks
     
  2. jmann macrumors 604

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    Unlock your phone after jailbreaking and use an Australian sim card. :)
     
  3. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    Over Wifi or do you need cell service?

    If you have never upgraded to 3.1 you can still unlock your phone so you can buy a prepaid or month by month plan in Australia and use that SIM in your phone. Otherwise you can use wifi and keep your phone in Airplane Mode but with Wifi turned on.

    Then you can make cheaper calls with Skype, iCall, iSip or something like that over Wifi and send your free texts using TextPlus (Only works when sending TO us phone numbers, but that sounds like it'll be fine for you).
     
  4. southpaw17 thread starter macrumors member

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    Will this enable me to call and text the u.s. cheaply?
     
  5. southpaw17 thread starter macrumors member

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    I would prefer cell service. Would textplus allow me to send like real texts or would it only work for someone else with textplus?
     
  6. jmann macrumors 604

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    Depending on the plan you get with a cell phone carrier there. You can also use skype on iPhone to make cheap phone calls over wifi, or use 3gunrestrictor and do it over 3G. International texts are never cheap, you should do email, or twitter, or perhaps an iPhone app like Ping! (if they have iPhones).
     
  7. jmann macrumors 604

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    It works regularly. But you don't have a dedicated number to have people send you texts to. It is temporary. You would have to initiate the SMS conversations.
     
  8. dhlizard macrumors G4

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    Calls & basic texting (not a Cydia app) require a cell phone carrier. Wifi won't work for these.
     
  9. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    Yes. That's the only disadvantage. You can, however, leave conversations open and have people reply to them.

    Another option is using email to email to SMS gateways (Use an email with push, either Google with Gpush or google sync or Ymail!). Anyone you want to get texts from you can just send you a message to your email (just have them put the email address instead of a phone number and tell them to trust you. ;) Make it something easy to remember.

    Then when you get their first message you can just reply with TextPlus.

    I do this in the US just to save money. :D
     
  10. ViViDboarder macrumors 68040

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    It was suggested that he use an Australian carrier and he asked if he can make calls and texts... So yes. That does require a carrier. :p

    Also, you can use Wifi to make SIP or other VoIP calls. I think some VoIP services even offer SMS. So that would be an all in one Wifi only solution.
     
  11. southpaw17 thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all of the great replies. It's awesome. I have about a month before I leave, so I have some time to figure all this out.

    Another question: if I do jailbreak and then unlock my phone, and get an australian plan and sim card, will I be able to use my phone normally in australia?

    Also with text plus: If I start a conversation with someone, they can just text me normally and it will appear as just a normal text conversation?

    Thanks for all the help. This is actually a huge relief because I had no idea what I was going to do about all this.
     

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