howtogeek at June 1st, 2013 06:42 — #1
Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/164395/how-to-eliminate-sms-fees-and-text-for-free/
SMS fees are pure profit for the cellular carriers. They’re basically free for carriers to send, but they can often cost ten cents or more per message. It costs more to send a text message on Earth than it does to transmit data from Mars.
carrierawks at June 1st, 2013 09:45 — #2
I love how there is an app for everything these days. I ran into a cool one that runs on Android and iOS as well it is called Mo+ more info on it here: [http://mopl.us/]
hancockenstein at June 1st, 2013 10:17 — #3
aw yea stickin it to the man
attatood at June 1st, 2013 10:40 — #4
It sucks how they make apps "Only available in the US" when Canada has a higher ratio of tech users.
fyh7500 at June 1st, 2013 11:46 — #5
24SMS which can be used almost everywhere in the world. And, it supports both Android and IOS.
s1ckbeard at June 1st, 2013 11:54 — #6
it's all about volume. no one cares about ratio
schroffner_g at June 1st, 2013 13:12 — #7
Well, for the ex-BB Messenger users, there's a version coming to Android and iOS. So if you still have a lot of contacts using that, it might be worth checking out when it arrives. There's also MiTalk which is sort of like WhatSapp, but it seems to have more features. Only problem is a lot of people stick to WhatsApp so I only have one MiTalk contact right now. (Oh and it's free for life, unlike whatsapp)
nanogeek at June 1st, 2013 13:50 — #8
WhatsApp is free for life isn't it?
schroffner_g at June 1st, 2013 14:04 — #9
That's the thing. I think it is for iOS users but they have to pay a one time fee for the app. Android users get the app free, but I think we only get 1 year free subscription and then it's 99 cents thereafter. Although I'm a bit confused because I've been using it for at least 2 years now and my "free" subscription ends in 2014 according to the app.
noelm at June 1st, 2013 17:55 — #10
No it isn't. It tells you its free but its free for one year I guess, thereafter you pay 99c/year for Android. Don't know about iOS
noelm at June 1st, 2013 17:58 — #11
Frankly, none of the options mentioned here are as reliable as SMS. In many instances, I have received whatsapp message hours after it was sent (both connected to the internet during all that period.)
You can send free SMS using AOL messenger as well. My only issue is, how can you intercept the SMS sent to you before it is recorded on carrier's network. In my case, one of my colleague sends me a ton of messages from AOL messenger instead of a call and that is sucking up my credit like crazy. I would like to intercept all those messages and receive them for free. I could give him google voice number to send SMS on but I would like to know if there is any other option.
markw676 at June 1st, 2013 19:19 — #12
I'm surprised no one mentioned emailing. You can email a number, and they can message back. It's not perfect, the texts might show up as separate messages in your inbox, but it works, and it's free on you end. Only hitch is you need to know their carrier, but you can always send them a "real" sms to find out.
geek at June 1st, 2013 22:04 — #13
99 cents for a year? That's pretty close to free.
nanogeek at June 2nd, 2013 04:56 — #14
Right now it is free for iOS users, but:
raeesakhtar at June 3rd, 2013 01:34 — #15
Not at all worthy info... By any means we end up paying either SMS fee or Internet fee for using the so called free apps...
varocketry at June 3rd, 2013 10:02 — #16
Questions to ask of WHATSUP:
What is the security of the SMS content between SMS endpoints?
Are the SMS encrypted by your APP on the phone and sent to the receiver for decryption by the WHATSUP app on the receiver’s device?'
Is there no ‘Man-In-The-Middle’ decryption/re-encryption by your WHATSUP service/servers?
geek at June 3rd, 2013 10:04 — #17
Do you really need that much security for your text messages? I mean, I'd guess that most text messages from most people are things that nobody would be interested in. Passing really sensitive information over SMS seems like a mistake in the first place.
varocketry at June 3rd, 2013 10:05 — #18
Your absolutely kidding right?
Hahaha, you've got to be kidding ...... wait, it isn't April 1st.
geek at June 3rd, 2013 10:11 — #19
For user to user SMS messages, I don't really see the point in excessive security measures.
I wouldn't use any third party app for my two-factor authentication SMS messages.
nanogeek at June 3rd, 2013 12:17 — #20
WhatsApp does provide Encryption. I'm not sure to what level...
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