irritated with iMessage and wish to be able to send a regular SMS message

I'm a little irritated with iMessage and wish to be able to send a regular SMS message from time to time. In tried to save money, my wife and I don't always have the 3G/LTE activated when we're out and about, since we've been dinged with overages in the past.

I don't need any help regarding the overage charges.

The point of my post is: How can I send my wife just a regular old, "green" SMS text message from my phone. If I send an iMessage she may not receive it until she connected to wifi or turns on the 3G/LTE

Thanks for your help
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greghollAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
If I send an iMessage she may not receive it until she connected to wifi or turns on the 3G/LTE

Of course. You need a connection for SMS to work. SMS messages do not generate much traffic and any basic 3G/LTE plan will work if you keep browsing on Wi-Fi
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Andrew LeniartFreelance Journalist & IT ConsultantCommented:
Hi Greg,

I too got irritated with using iMessage and just turned the silly thing off. As John has stated, SMS messages do not generate much traffic and most Mobile plans include a decent amount of SMS messages you can send as part of your plan.

Contact your provider and you will likely find that you can move to a plan that is even cheaper than the one you're on and includes unlimited SMS messages to be sent for no fee. That's what I ended up doing and it's the result I got. (I'm with Telstra in Australia)

  • Alternatively, you can use a free SMS sending service such as SMSPUP if you're in Australia just by using your computer, or browser on your mobile phone.

  • If you're not in Australia, then take a look at this site. SENDaTEXT allows you to send free SMS messages using your computer or mobile browser as well.

  • Another good site that allows free SMS sending to and from any country in the world is SMS Text Free

  • Finally, you can subscribe to an online SMS Service such as SMSGLOBAL This one I currently subscribe to and find it great with a ton of useful features. It's not free, but much cheaper than sending SMS's from your phone if your carrier charges you for each SMS you send.

All of the above sites are just ones that I've tried myself at one time or another and all work well. The last one "SMS Global" I subscribe to myself and frequently use it via my iPhone, iPad, and Computer. Very handy service and very reasonably priced.

I hope that's helpful.

Regards, Andrew
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greghollAuthor Commented:
Thanks guys. Here in Canada my cell carrier gives me unlimited SMS messages in Canada. Nation wide. I don’t need to be connected to data (3G/LTE) to send SMS. As far as I know, SMS worked way before mobile data even existed.
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
So am I. You can send the message, but it will NOT go out until connected - it cannot. The old way still used a connection.
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Andrew LeniartFreelance Journalist & IT ConsultantCommented:
Hi Greg,

Given that information, you should get value out of some of the sites I've listed for you. Click on the links and check them out.

Regards, Andrew
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greghollAuthor Commented:
John. SMS needs a cell connection. Not a data connection
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greghollAuthor Commented:
Thanks mate
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
John. SMS needs a cell connection

Yes, as I said earlier here
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Andrew LeniartFreelance Journalist & IT ConsultantCommented:
You're very welcome Greg and I'm pleased that I was able to help a little.

Regards, Andrew
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