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Have you tried Hangouts for SMS?
Hangouts won't let you use groups either, unless you consider G+ circles as groups.
 
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iMessenger uses AppleID in order to exchange messages with other iPhones and, in this case, use as a group messenger.

Hangout integration with SMS copy's the same integration that iPhone made years ago with iMessenger and SMS. Since you use Google Account for Play access, G+ it's just consequence and Hangout using Google Accounts to exchange messages.
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Hangouts won't let you use groups either, unless you consider G+ circles as groups.
Um...yes it does. It works using MMS, switching to SMS splits up the conversation.
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