Need a text messenger app that works on wifi
Inside the shop at my work Verizon has no signal at all. The other carriers have great signals for some reason but Verizon....nothing.
When people call, sometimes it will ring, but I need to rush outside to answer, although most of the time it goes straight to voicemail. Text messages are hit or miss.
We have a wifi router in the shop that my phone connects to. So I thought if I could get a wifi text messenger app then my wife and other important people can get in touch with me if they need.
Is there an app that I can recieve and send text messages via my wifi signal that other people can send to and recieve from me through their regular cell phone service? Even if I have to use a different number.
- 05-31-2011, 08:13 AM #2
You might have to be given a second number if you don't want to port your current number to Google Voice. If it's only a few people you are worried about getting a hold of you in an emergency, then a second number might not be so bad.
- 05-31-2011, 09:11 AM #4
Thanks for the advice, I was able to sign up without an invite, and I downloaded the android app for it, which says I can send and recieve texts via wifi, although I can not figure out how to do that from the app.
Any help doing that would be greatly appreciated.
- 05-31-2011, 10:08 AM #6
Open the Google Voice app and press Menu > Compose to send a text
If the Compose tab is not there go to Menu > Labels > Text
To receive just have your wife send a text to the Google Voice number you were given. Have her test it just to make sure everything works fine. Hope this helps.
- 05-31-2011, 10:41 AM #8
From the Google Voice page on the computer:
Options (top right corner of the page) > Voice Settings > Edit > Text Settings
Check the box to enable text messages for the phone number you have activated. Give that a try.
- 05-31-2011, 10:42 AM #9
Or try looking through the settings in the app. Under Sync and notifications I have notify via text msg checked. Not sure what the defaults are.
Ok, I am breaking this down A bit, all the texts are being sent straight to my regular sms app (go sms) which I am not getting them because that app uses cell signal, which I have none of, instead of Wifi, which is the reason for trying this.
When I go to the google voice app, is shows no incoming texts, and no way to send a text except to teh google voice mail I got in my inbox welcoming me to google voice.
I am pretty sure it is a setting in something, but obviously I don't have it right.
- 05-31-2011, 11:01 AM #11
- 05-31-2011, 11:02 AM #12
When I go through the selections like you posted, Cloe Hokie, when I hit menu, from the text screen the options I have are "refresh", "lables", " balance", "search", "settings", "help"
The only way I get a button that says compose is if I am on the screen with the one message I have recieved on my phone, which was the welcome message, and when I select compose there it looks like it is going to send a text to thenumber the welcome message originated from.
- 05-31-2011, 11:38 AM #14
- 05-31-2011, 11:45 AM #15
- 05-31-2011, 12:34 PM #17
- 05-31-2011, 12:47 PM #18
When I select labels, then text, there is no compose button, The only time I can get a compose button is when I am on the inbox screen, and the only thing in my inbox is the welcom message from google.
When I select compose from there it does ot give me the option of inputting a number to text to, in other words it will only let me text to the message in the inbox, which is the elcome message.
Yes recieve texts is selected in the google voice home page on my computer, and my correct cell number is the phone listed as the forward to number, and it is listed as being a mobile phone.
I am getting her texts to my phone, but I need to go outside the shop to get a cell signal. So they are not coming in via wifi, as I have a strong wifi signal that does not have any thing blocked or any filters on it.
So as of right now, I can not send texts using google voice from my phone, and when I recieve them I am only getting them via normal cell signal, not wifi.
I am recieving them into the phones sms app wich is "go sms", nothing shows up in the google voice app inbox.
- 05-31-2011, 01:32 PM #20
- 05-31-2011, 02:13 PM #22
uninstalled it, and reloaded it. Went through the whole set up, all the questions seemed straight forward. Set up seemed to go just fine.
Still no send text icon when I select text from the folders, I went to the inbox, where I again have the welcome text from google. Although this time I selected it to send a text then highlighted the box and typed over the number for google voice, to my wives number. But I wasn't able to type her name and have it come up like the normal phone or messaging app.
Anyway, I typed out a test message, had no cell signal, hit send, and got a message un able to send will send when service is available.
I had a very strong signal to my wifi router, and was logged in, as I can get on line, and downloaded the app via wifi.
- 05-31-2011, 03:11 PM #25