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How to text from iPhone to Android without Messaging Plan

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SMELTN    142

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?

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jakem1    1,610

Skype or some other cross-platform messaging app?

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Brandon C.    116

Try Google Voice.

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AbandonedTrolley    93

Whatsapp?

http://www.whatsapp.com/

Multiplatform with iOS, Android, Symbian, Blackberry

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tsupersonic    1,364

Try Google Voice.

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Axel    95

Whatsapp is probably the best bet.

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Steve B.    466

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.

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n_K    1,688

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

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Ambroos    803

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

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SMELTN    142

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?

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Nick H.    8,016

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.

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Ambroos    803

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...

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simrat    483

+1 for Whatsapp, best cross platform messenger.

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joemailey    26

+1 for whatsapp also :)

+1 for whatapps, defo the simplest and best

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Geoffrey B.    1,414

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.

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