Jump to content



Photo

How to text from iPhone to Android without Messaging Plan


  • Please log in to reply
15 replies to this topic

#1 SMELTN

SMELTN

    Neowinian Senior

  • Joined: 23-July 05
  • Location: Alabama
  • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate, 2012 Macbook Pro, CR-48 Chromebook from Google
  • Phone: iPhone 5s

Posted 14 November 2012 - 13:38

Ok so I am looking at going back Android but a friend of mine has the iPhone and still wants to be able to text message back and forth with me. I have unlimited messaging plan, but he does not have a messaging plan at all. The way we did it before was strictly through iMessage which is free.

My question is, is there any way we can continue to text each other without him having to sign up for a messaging plan?


#2 jakem1

jakem1

    Neowinian Senior

  • Tech Issues Solved: 2
  • Joined: 17-November 06

Posted 14 November 2012 - 13:41

Skype or some other cross-platform messaging app?

#3 Brandon C.

Brandon C.

    [REDACTED]

  • Tech Issues Solved: 1
  • Joined: 28-January 05
  • Location: [REDACTED]
  • OS: Windows 8.1

Posted 14 November 2012 - 13:41

Try Google Voice.

#4 AbandonedTrolley

AbandonedTrolley

    Dexter Freak

  • Joined: 16-May 05
  • Location: Essex
  • OS: Linux, Android, Windows 7

Posted 14 November 2012 - 13:59

Whatsapp?

http://www.whatsapp.com/

Multiplatform with iOS, Android, Symbian, Blackberry

#5 tsupersonic

tsupersonic

    Neowinian Senior

  • Tech Issues Solved: 3
  • Joined: 30-September 06
  • Location: USA
  • OS: Win. 8.1 Pro. x64/Mac OS X
  • Phone: iPhone 5S/Nexus 5

Posted 14 November 2012 - 14:00

Try Google Voice.

This.

#6 Axel

Axel

    --[Est. 1986]--

  • Joined: 05-August 03
  • Location: Milton Keynes, UK

Posted 14 November 2012 - 14:05

Whatsapp is probably the best bet.

#7 Steve B.

Steve B.

    Neowinian British One

  • Tech Issues Solved: 5
  • Joined: 12-January 09
  • Location: United Kingdom
  • OS: Windows 8.1
  • Phone: Apple iPhone 4S

Posted 14 November 2012 - 14:08

Since you're in the US, Google Voice would be extremely viable, as would WhatsApp, but since GV doesn't require an additional account I would go with that.

#8 n_K

n_K

    Neowinian Senior

  • Tech Issues Solved: 3
  • Joined: 19-March 06
  • Location: here.
  • OS: FreeDOS
  • Phone: Nokia 3315

Posted 14 November 2012 - 14:10

If you have a mac you can remotely control/VNC then you can use the iMessages app on that :p

#9 Ambroos

Ambroos

    Neowinian Senior

  • Tech Issues Solved: 7
  • Joined: 16-January 06
  • Location: Belgium
  • OS: Windows 7 + 8.1
  • Phone: Sony Xperia Z2

Posted 14 November 2012 - 14:15

WhatsApp. It also uses your phone number, extremely popular in some European countries too.

#10 OP SMELTN

SMELTN

    Neowinian Senior

  • Joined: 23-July 05
  • Location: Alabama
  • OS: Windows 7 Ultimate, 2012 Macbook Pro, CR-48 Chromebook from Google
  • Phone: iPhone 5s

Posted 14 November 2012 - 14:34

WhatsApp I have heard good things about. My question though, is do both users have to have WhatsApp or can he just use it since he doesn't have the messaging plan and I will get them in my normal messaging app?

#11 Nick H.

Nick H.

    Neowinian Senior

  • Tech Issues Solved: 15
  • Joined: 28-June 04
  • Location: Switzerland

Posted 14 November 2012 - 14:39

You both need to have Whatsapp. But it is definitely the option that I would go for, I use it all the time with family and friends.

#12 Ambroos

Ambroos

    Neowinian Senior

  • Tech Issues Solved: 7
  • Joined: 16-January 06
  • Location: Belgium
  • OS: Windows 7 + 8.1
  • Phone: Sony Xperia Z2

Posted 14 November 2012 - 15:24

WhatsApp I have heard good things about. My question though, is do both users have to have WhatsApp or can he just use it since he doesn't have the messaging plan and I will get them in my normal messaging app?

A solution where you get them in your normal messaging app doesn't exist...

#13 simrat

simrat

    pooonjabi!

  • Tech Issues Solved: 1
  • Joined: 05-April 10
  • Location: Chandigarh, North India
  • OS: Windows 8 x64, Arch Linux (Gnome)
  • Phone: Nokia 603 Symbian belle fp2, Xperia SL 4.1.2

Posted 14 November 2012 - 15:30

+1 for Whatsapp, best cross platform messenger.

#14 joemailey

joemailey

    Neowinian

  • Tech Issues Solved: 1
  • Joined: 21-January 09

Posted 14 November 2012 - 15:34

+1 for whatsapp also :)

+1 for whatapps, defo the simplest and best

#15 Geoffrey B.

Geoffrey B.

    LittleNeutrino

  • Tech Issues Solved: 9
  • Joined: 25-July 05
  • Location: Ohio
  • OS: Windows 8.1u1
  • Phone: Nokia Lumia 928 WP8.1u1

Posted 14 November 2012 - 15:38

Google Voice
Google Talk
Skype
Many carriers allow you to email a text (5555555555@vtext.com) will send a txt from email to a phone with a texting plan.