Google Confirms “Android Lollipop Day” for November 3rd

A little over a week ago, Google announced the latest iteration of … more

Get Your XDA 2015 Custom Avatar and Signature Images Here

As stated in our motto, XDA Developer is for developers, by developers. The … more

Pin Your Photos on Android Lollipop with Photo Pinner

In the last few weeks,we have been talking quite a bit about Android 5.0 Lollipop. This … more

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Hands On – XDA TV

Perhaps one of the more peculiar announcements this year was the curved edge-screened … more
Post Reply

[Q] Anyone using Hangouts for calls and SMS/MMS on their Moto X?

OP EwanG

5th January 2014, 03:01 AM   |  #1  
EwanG's Avatar
OP Senior Member
Flag San Antonio, TX
Thanks Meter: 31
 
260 posts
Join Date:Joined: Jan 2009
Donate to Me
More
Am nearing the end of the 30 day period on my Republic Wireless trial, and while I am very impressed with the Moto X (and plan to keep it), I am less satisfied with RW. Mainly due to their cell handoff feature also killing my data more often than not. Basically they have their app/ROM setup to very aggressively switch to 4G if there is even a hint that the wifi is slow or less than ideal, and that switch over kills the data connection unless you have their much more expensive monthly plan ($45/month vs $10/month).

I am considering cancelling the RW service, rooting the phone, upgrading to 4.4 (I can do that, right?) and then just using Hangouts to make/receive phone calls and SMS/MMS messages. Anyone else who uses Hangouts as their main comm program who could share their thoughts on call quality and whether they have any issues sending/receiving messages?

Thanks in advance!
5th January 2014, 03:05 AM   |  #2  
Member
Flag Worcester
Thanks Meter: 11
 
74 posts
Join Date:Joined: Sep 2011
More
Quote:
Originally Posted by EwanG

Am nearing the end of the 30 day period on my Republic Wireless trial, and while I am very impressed with the Moto X (and plan to keep it), I am less satisfied with RW. Mainly due to their cell handoff feature also killing my data more often than not. Basically they have their app/ROM setup to very aggressively switch to 4G if there is even a hint that the wifi is slow or less than ideal, and that switch over kills the data connection unless you have their much more expensive monthly plan ($45/month vs $10/month).

I am considering cancelling the RW service, rooting the phone, upgrading to 4.4 (I can do that, right?) and then just using Hangouts to make/receive phone calls and SMS/MMS messages. Anyone else who uses Hangouts as their main comm program who could share their thoughts on call quality and whether they have any issues sending/receiving messages?

Thanks in advance!

As far as I am aware, the Hangouts SMS/MMS integration is purely on the phone level. You will still need an SMS/MMS plan through a carrier if you want send texts through Hangouts.
The Following User Says Thank You to CMNDR For This Useful Post: [ View ]
5th January 2014, 03:15 AM   |  #3  
Kittiesoncrack's Avatar
Senior Member
Flag Chicago
Thanks Meter: 61
 
236 posts
Join Date:Joined: Aug 2012
More
Yes. @CMNDR is correct. you connect use sms in hangouts without a carrier plan and also, hangouts doesnt have calling built in yet

---------- Post added at 09:15 PM ---------- Previous post was at 09:14 PM ----------

Yes. @CMNDR is correct. you connect use sms in hangouts without a carrier plan and also, hangouts doesnt have calling built in yet
The Following 2 Users Say Thank You to Kittiesoncrack For This Useful Post: [ View ]
7th January 2014, 03:37 AM   |  #4  
Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 38
 
437 posts
Join Date:Joined: Jun 2007
If are using hangout on iPhone, then you can make VoIP calls. Duh.

Sent from my XT1053 using Tapatalk
1st March 2014, 03:48 PM   |  #5  
EwanG's Avatar
OP Senior Member
Flag San Antonio, TX
Thanks Meter: 31
 
260 posts
Join Date:Joined: Jan 2009
Donate to Me
More
With the latest updates to Hangout, SMS works on a phone even if you only have WiFi. I have an older Galaxy Exhibit 4G that I held onto for experiments (no service), and it worked just fine sending both directions. So will be looking to root my X and move.
1st March 2014, 05:39 PM   |  #6  
Senior Member
Thanks Meter: 30
 
180 posts
Join Date:Joined: Nov 2010
Quote:
Originally Posted by EwanG

With the latest updates to Hangout, SMS works on a phone even if you only have WiFi. I have an older Galaxy Exhibit 4G that I held onto for experiments (no service), and it worked just fine sending both directions. So will be looking to root my X and move.

I'm pretty sure that the ability to send SMS while only on Wifi is a feature specific to Republic Wireless, and is a necessity because their service relies on Wifi as a fall back (or possibly primary) network. To confirm this, I just tried send an SMS (using Hangouts 2.0.303) with the phone radio disabled and it failed. And even if it were possible regardless of carrier, without carrier service you won't have a phone number, so how would calls/SMS work at all?

I'm only semi-familiar with how Republic Wireless works, but if you're ditching their service, I think you would be wise to ditch the phone too, and replace it with a traditional model that's not specific to Republic's hybrid network.
1st March 2014, 06:10 PM   |  #7  
EwanG's Avatar
OP Senior Member
Flag San Antonio, TX
Thanks Meter: 31
 
260 posts
Join Date:Joined: Jan 2009
Donate to Me
More
Quote:
Originally Posted by UncleMike

I'm pretty sure that the ability to send SMS while only on Wifi is a feature specific to Republic Wireless, and is a necessity because their service relies on Wifi as a fall back (or possibly primary) network. To confirm this, I just tried send an SMS (using Hangouts 2.0.303) with the phone radio disabled and it failed. And even if it were possible regardless of carrier, without carrier service you won't have a phone number, so how would calls/SMS work at all?

I'm only semi-familiar with how Republic Wireless works, but if you're ditching their service, I think you would be wise to ditch the phone too, and replace it with a traditional model that's not specific to Republic's hybrid network.

Since I obviously wasn't clear before, let me try again. I installed the latest version of Hangouts on my old TMobile (no longer has service) Samsung Galaxy Exhibit 4G. I then sent an SMS to another number, received it, and was able to respond. Hangouts also supports Voice (and video) calls over WiFi.

So you get everything RW offers direct from Google, but without the monthly fee.

As for the RW Moto X it is a Sprint phone for all intents and purposes, and is only limited in terms of the hybrid ROM it runs. Have successfully just finished doing the RootMyMoto and installing the SafeStrap app so I can boot into custom ROMs. Now just have to find one that works on the RW Moto X. I believe someone mentioned you could use one of TMobile's 4.4 ROMs, but I will need to track down which one.

FWIW...

Post Reply Subscribe to Thread

Tags
hangouts, mms, moto x, republic wireless, sms
Previous Thread Next Thread
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes


Top Threads in Moto X Q&A by ThreadRank