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    Use internet to text instead of sms texting

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    I'm wondering if there is a way via software or maybe an exchange server or something that I can send and receive text messages via the data plan, instead of having to have the text messaging plan? I'm with T-Mobile in the US. I'm not sure if there is a cost to get text messages when you don't have the plan.

    After just looking at T-Mobiles plans. I'm wondering. Do I need to have the INTERNET & EMAIL plans to check email or is there software that will allow me to check email via internet? Like gmail. Do I need the EMAIL plan with TMO to use gmails email?
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    Re: Use internet to text instead of sms texting

    That's a great idea! Provider profits from texts are fat indeed, though, so I'll bet it's a challenge.

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    Re: Use internet to text instead of sms texting

    Yea i've been wondering the same thing. I know you can send texts through the providers websites but i dont know if they charge you for that and i don't know how you would receive them online, but it sounds like a good idea.

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    Re: Use internet to text instead of sms texting

    I believe that T-Mobile charges something like $15 per message for SMS if you don't take their plan for $4.99 or something like that. You could set up an IM account and use that with MSN, Yahoo, AOL, etc. and use something like Jivetalk - would that work for you?

    BTW, you have to have a data plan in order to send and receive email.

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    Re: Use internet to text instead of sms texting

    Quote Originally Posted by jblackfish View Post
    I believe that T-Mobile charges something like $15 per message for SMS...
    Not that much yet! It's $0.15 per message. <-- I'm sure that's what you meant though!

    For email only, TMO has a $9.99 plan.

    For SMS, it's $4.99 for 400 messages, $9.99 for 1000, and $14.99 for unlimited.

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    Sorry! I missed the period in front of the 15! Thanks Nick.

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    Re: Use internet to text instead of sms texting

    The thing that confused me about TMO site is that they have a plan for something like $40 that has Internet and Email.... I was thinking I would just need internet in order to check email?? Or is it that you can setup IMAP and POP3 accounts with the email plan vs. using something like gmail if you just have internet?

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    Re: Use internet to text instead of sms texting

    I think those are the internet & email plans. The $40 plan doesn't include voice minutes if I recall, but there is also a $60 plan which includes 1000 minutes (but not nights & weekends).

    Alternatively, if you have one of the regular voice contract plans, you can add BB email only for $9.99 or total internet for $19.99

    To just check email (using the BB email system), you'd either need the internet & data package or the email add-on to your existing voice plan.

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    Re: Use internet to text instead of sms texting

    It is possible to connect to Yahoo mail or Gmail or so with your BB browser... that is, without using pushed-email, BIS and so on... But you get rather rudimentary service.

    I also managed once to connect with my BB browser and use Yahoo Messenger -- without employing the installed program on my handheld [for which Tmo wants money to activate]. Again, performance is an issue.

    Ah. So now I know the cause of various $0.15 charges on my bill. They are for pictures I forwarded [from a non-blackberry phone].

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    Re: Use internet to text instead of sms texting

    I love the minutes and mail plan. 59.99 I think, 1000 minutes, unlimited data, texts (SMS only not MMS) and unlimited email. I added the @home plan to increase my minutes (not that i ever come close to going over), which is 9.99 for unlimited wifi calls.

    This gives me all the email messagy goodness with data a girl could want.
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    Re: Use internet to text instead of sms texting

    too bad minutes and mail doesnt have a family plan...

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    Re: Use internet to text instead of sms texting

    If you have Sprint as your carrier you can log into your account and send text messages from your computer but you recieve the replys on your phone.
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    Re: Use internet to text instead of sms texting

    There was something over the summer about that.....search it in the forum.

    using the (XXX)XXX-XXX@whatever the carrier is in the "too" field sends it out as an email from your phone, and they recieve it as SMS...when they reply, it's sent out as an SMS but recieved as email for you.

    Search it...I know I am missing a step or two.
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    Re: Use internet to text instead of sms texting

    There is a way to send text messages to phones through your email address. So if you have a data plan and an email address that you can access from your phone then you can text any phone... theoretically. You'll have to know who is the carrier of the phone that you are trying to reach. If you are trying to get to a tracfone cell then you need to know who they are piggybacking off in that particular area.

    Here's how.

    Verizon: 10digitphonenumber@vtext.com
    AT&T: 10digitphonenumber@txt.att.net
    Sprint: 10digitphonenumber@messaging.sprintpcs.com
    T-Mobile: 10digitphonenumber@tmomail.net
    Nextel: 10digitphonenumber@messaging.nextel.com
    Cingular: 10digitphonenumber@cingularme.com
    Virgin Mobile: 10digitphonenumber@vmobl.com
    Alltel: 10digitphonenumber@message.alltel.com
    CellularOne: 10digitphonenumber@mobile.celloneusa.com
    Omnipoint: 10digitphonenumber@omnipointpcs.com
    Qwest: 10digitphonenumber@qwestmp.com

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