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Vince
23-10-2010, 04:17 AM
I don't have a cellphone. I don't have any use for one.

Is there a way to send the occasional (like once a month) text message cheaply? Not necessarily from email.

Speedy Gonzales
23-10-2010, 06:53 AM
You would have to buy a program to send 1, (so you can send it from Outlook or something) then pay to send it. It'll be cheaper buying a cheap mobile. I dont text a lot either, (but decided to get a cell), because no one in the family has a landline :lol: Except Mum

mcginty
23-10-2010, 07:17 AM
You can send text messages with Skype, they are referred to as SMS messages. You need some credit in your account first.

Erayd
23-10-2010, 08:35 AM
You would have to buy a program to send 1, (so you can send it from Outlook or something)...That's rubbish Speedy - this is exactly the kind of thing email <-> sms gateway services are designed for. You don't need any special software or hardware to use them; you just send & receive messages as if they were any other normal email contact.

It's worth noting however that such services are generally intended for customers who send more than one or two messages per month.

Vince: You're probably better off buying a cheap cellphone off trademe, or you may even know someone who has an old one they don't want.

Speedy Gonzales
23-10-2010, 08:55 AM
Yer yer. So, I'm wrong, shoot me

Agent_24
23-10-2010, 10:29 AM
That's rubbish Speedy - this is exactly the kind of thing email <-> sms gateway services are designed for. You don't need any special software or hardware to use them; you just send & receive messages as if they were any other normal email contact.

Can you give some examples? I wouldn't mind something like this myself.

pcuser42
23-10-2010, 10:34 AM
I don't have a cellphone. I don't have any use for one.

Is there a way to send the occasional (like once a month) text message cheaply? Not necessarily from email.

:eek:

As said before, it's probably better and easier to get a cheap phone off TradeMe. I have a spare CDMA phone doing nothing, no guarantees on how it performs though as it was (deliberately) dropped on a lino floor 5-6 times :p If you want it, PM me.

Driftwood
23-10-2010, 10:49 AM
You can send text messages with Skype, they are referred to as SMS messages. You need some credit in your account first.

Have you actually done this?
Do you mean this can send a txt to a mobile phone?

Lurking
23-10-2010, 10:57 AM
https://support.skype.com/faq/FA3591/How-do-I-send-an-SMS-from-Skype

Lurking.

PeeCeeWorldly
23-10-2010, 11:11 AM
Eh ..... I use Twitter's "direct message" facility to send txt/sms messages to daughter's mobile. There is no charge. Does require both of us to have twitter accounts, and requires her to "follow" me. Works internationally (also free).

Driftwood
23-10-2010, 12:13 PM
Be good if you could just plug your mobile into a PC & use the keyboard to write the txt's. I have fat fumbling fingers & a teenage daughter.

notechyet
23-10-2010, 12:32 PM
I use skype for sending sms every now and then.
Easy as! Though cannot recall getting any sms reply?

pcuser42
23-10-2010, 12:46 PM
Be good if you could just plug your mobile into a PC & use the keyboard to write the txt's. I have fat fumbling fingers & a teenage daughter.

It's possible with some phones :)

Erayd
23-10-2010, 12:50 PM
Can you give some examples? I wouldn't mind something like this myself.Here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_SMS_gateways)'s a list of carrier gateways (all overseas as far as I'm aware).

There are also many commercial services that will communicate with any number, not just to phones on a given carrier - NZ examples can be found here (http://www.net24.co.nz/isms.php), here (http://www.juiced.co.nz/business/sms) and here (http://www.message-media.co.nz/email-to-sms.html). Many more are listed here (http://www.google.co.nz/search?q=site:nz+sms+gateway).

If you have the time and inclination, you can also set up such a service yourself - all you need is a PC-connected cellphone or datacard, and any one of several SMS management applications with the necessary capabilities - Linux in particular has an excellent selection of software in this area.

Erayd
23-10-2010, 12:53 PM
It's possible with some phones :)Most datacards also come with software for this.

Vince
24-10-2010, 04:11 AM
I've opted for skype.

wainuitech
24-10-2010, 08:54 AM
Skype is not free to send txt, but its a little like a prepaid phone card, you put on some $ to get credits and if you dont use it, then it stays there till you do. A SMS costs approx 19 cents.

Full pricing Details (http://www.skype.com/intl/en/prices/sms-rates/?currency=NZD)

kjaada
24-10-2010, 10:29 AM
Have you actually done this?
Do you mean this can send a txt to a mobile phone?

No problem as long as the mobile phone has skype installed

trinsic
24-10-2010, 10:37 AM
Here you go: http://www.websms.co.nz/freewebsms.php

Free to use, just make sure you leave your name on the texts so they know who it is :)

Renmoo
24-10-2010, 10:55 AM
Here you go: http://www.websms.co.nz/freewebsms.php

Free to use, just make sure you leave your name on the texts so they know who it is :)
Free, as in free?

pctek
24-10-2010, 02:21 PM
INteresting.
So forget Skype and forget Twitter. What else can you use other than a cellphone?

tut
24-10-2010, 03:04 PM
Works a treat. Thank you trinsic

pcuser42
24-10-2010, 03:15 PM
EDIT: Never mind.

Vince
25-10-2010, 12:47 AM
Skype is not free to send txt, but its a little like a prepaid phone card, you put on some $ to get credits and if you dont use it, then it stays there till you do. A SMS costs approx 19 cents.

Full pricing Details (http://www.skype.com/intl/en/prices/sms-rates/?currency=NZD)

I sent two texts last night.
My Skype account has had $0.16 deducted.

A lot cheaper than buying a cellphone.:)

Snorkbox
25-10-2010, 01:03 AM
Well I guess that the two texts is going to be all you send for another 30 days or so then.

faith1806
25-10-2010, 02:48 PM
You can send text messages with Skype, they are referred to as SMS messages. You need some credit in your account first.

yeah, u can send with skype, or use facebook, myspace to send messages, but it is too slow

beeswax34
25-10-2010, 05:24 PM
Eh ..... I use Twitter's "direct message" facility to send txt/sms messages to daughter's mobile. There is no charge. Does require both of us to have twitter accounts, and requires her to "follow" me. Works internationally (also free).

Whoa, this is an amazing idea! And they can reply to you for free too :D

wainuitech
25-10-2010, 08:02 PM
I sent two texts last night.
My Skype account has had $0.16 deducted.

A lot cheaper than buying a cellphone.:) I was only going by the prices advertised on the Skype site.

Those prices are good, esp if you only use them once in a while.:thumbs: