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General Hardware seems to be the area to include this question since it's not directly computer related.   Does anyone have info about  non-cellular residential desk phones that exchange text messages?

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I've just registered as a new member and I'm having difficulty with the points system here at EE.  Do I need to earn points by answering a question before I can ask a question?
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No, the points are two types: question points and expert points, you collect expert points when you answering to someone's question.You collect question points every day when you logging in to Experts-exchange or complete your user profile.
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Good luck finding such a phone.  There's no standard protocol for that as far as I know.  PBX systems can do it because it's all proprietary.  I'd suggest a computer based instant message solution instead.
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andysalih earned 50 total points
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you could try the amstrad phone, cant think of the model but it has text messaging functions.

there about #70.00

grey, with a pull out keyboard at the front and a screen at the top with is a bluey LCD colour.


hope that helps

cheers
Andy
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by:magarity
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I've checked ATT, Sony, and Panasonic's telephone product information web pages and none of them sell a phone with this feature.  While all three have phones with little LCD screens, they are used for caller ID and other standardized services.  ATT does have a model that has an 'intercom' feature; presumably you don't have to actually dial anything to chat with someone else in the same house/local wiring setup.  It is found here:  http://telephones.att.com/store/itempg.asp?cat_id=1&sku=21073

Are you trying to message someone in another room of the house or your friend down the street?

Think about text messages on a phone: There's the 8 buttons with letters.  They're more aggrevation to type a message on than it's worth, isn't it?  For example, the text message "hello" takes 18 key presses on a phone if there is a 'next character' key, which I assume there would need to be.

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magarity

PS - If you don't like being told that there is no such thing as what you were hoping for, please just let this question hang instead of accepting this comment as an answer with a 'D' and blowing my EE grade average.
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Here is a link to the above mentioned Amistad brand phone:
http://www.amstrad.com/HTML/emailer.htm

It sends/recieves regular internet email, not instant messages, and appears to require a subscription to Amistad's service for that feature to work.  Why not use a computer you already have at that point?
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in the uk does

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Thanks to everyone who answered my question about text message telephones.  Amstrad (or Armistad) looks the most promising.  Seemed like a less convoluted way of sending a text message.  
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