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Can you send/receive text messages over wifi? help end this debate

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By Se7enwolf, Member on 27th April 2011, 08:53 PM
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A guy I work with keeps arguing with me that you can't send text messages over wifi so setting my phone on wifi when at home to receive text messages and e-mails is pointless since it doesn't work.

Can someone please tell me if this is true or not?

The reason I use wifi is because my cell phone connection is crappy when at my house.
30th April 2011, 08:36 PM |#2  
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Your friend is correct.
30th April 2011, 09:54 PM |#3  
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Originally Posted by RufusThorne

Your friend is correct.


Text messages go through your carrier's network, not your wifi network
30th April 2011, 10:16 PM |#4  
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+2, your device does NOT do this through the data connection, so even though you might have mobile data turned off, or in this case, connected to wifi. It's using the Short message service center to communicate the data, this is over the voice network effectively, NOT DATA.

Also, this is the wrong forum for this OP.
1st May 2011, 01:15 AM |#5  
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Some T-Mo phones, like the G2x, can connect to the voice network through wifi, still uses minutes though.

Google voice will let send an SMS over a data connection.
1st May 2011, 05:19 PM |#6  
There is an App available called TextPlus that allows you to send text messages over wifi. It does not use your cell # - it sets you up with a generic address

I use it on my tablet and works very well

It is available on the marketplace

29th December 2012, 07:34 PM |#7  
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Get viber. Is easy and you can make phone calls and texts over wifi. Cheers!
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