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    Hello Android world!

    I was wondering about what everyone thought of textra? I really like hangouts. I know a lot of people will disagree but I really like the way it looks and feels. However, I was wondering about textra and WiFi. Will textra send SMS over WiFi? So for example, my apartment has pretty poor reception, I'm lucky if I get a single bar in certain areas. So I am looking for a solution to send and receive text via SMS to other mobile OS devices, iPhone Android BB. But I do not want to have to ask the other users to use a different app to ensure that I get their messages. Will textra do this? Or is it just MMS that will work over Wi-Fi?

    Thanks everyone!

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    Yes it will send messages.

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    I like Textra. I'm a light texter so probably have limited experience with it compared to most, but it works for me. It's got enough customizabililty to keep me from getting bored with it lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by Iggymart View Post
    Yes it will send messages.

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    Lol OK... I know it sends messages but does it need a cellular signal to send it?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RionDunn View Post
    Lol OK... I know it sends messages but does it need a cellular signal to send it?

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    I use Textra and when I'm home I'm on WiFi and yes it sends messages over WiFi.
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    As long as it is an activated device and you are using WIFI, it will send flawlessly. Sorry for being so vague.
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    Textra is my favorite SMS app. The developers are constantly adding features, which is great.
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    FYI, I just tested it by putting my phone on airplane mode and turning on Wi-Fi... It will not send the message until I turn on cell data..

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    But I do love Textra!!! Best SMS app out there!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Iggymart View Post
    As long as it is an activated device and you are using WIFI, it will send flawlessly. Sorry for being so vague.
    Do you need to sign up for service to send texts through wifi/mobile data? I thought that's the only way texts get sent with data, otherwise it's cellular.

    Quote Originally Posted by kd0h View Post
    FYI, I just tested it by putting my phone on airplane mode and turning on Wi-Fi... It will not send the message until I turn on cell data..

    Nexus 5 4.4.2 (rooted)
    I pretty sure you need to have a service to send texts over a data network. Most third party messaging apps have a service you can sign up for and the messages go through their servers. I could be wrong though.



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    I know, just verifying for the above posters who thought textra may allow it over Wi-Fi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srkmagnus View Post
    Do you need to sign up for service to send texts through wifi/mobile data? I thought that's the only way texts get sent with data, otherwise it's cellular.


    I pretty sure you need to have a service to send texts over a data network. Most third party messaging apps have a service you can sign up for and the messages go through their servers. I could be wrong though.



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    You're right. T-Mobile's wifi calling is the only thing I know that allows carrier messages through wifi.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Almeuit View Post
    You're right. T-Mobile's wifi calling is the only thing I know that allows carrier messages through wifi.

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    I didn't even know that T-Mobile offered that. Good to know.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srkmagnus View Post
    I didn't even know that T-Mobile offered that. Good to know.

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    They do but only on T-Mobile devices

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    Google Voice treats texts as data.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kd0h View Post
    They do but only on T-Mobile devices

    Nexus 5 4.4.2 (rooted)
    Very true. Since its technically counted as bloatware.

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    So I guess I'm out of luck if my apartment has horrible coverage. I thought there would be a way of a this party app running strictly via WiFi

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    Third party*

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    Quote Originally Posted by RionDunn View Post
    So I guess I'm out of luck if my apartment has horrible coverage. I thought there would be a way of a this party app running strictly via WiFi

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    Sadly no.. Not for carrier text messages as they need the carrier is some sort of fashion.

    Only 3rd party apps that replace carrier texts (like Whatsapp) would do that.

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    I liked the default messaging app, and Textra is simple enough that it mimics that just fine, with tons of optional extra features if you want them. I recommend it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RionDunn View Post
    So I guess I'm out of luck if my apartment has horrible coverage. I thought there would be a way of a this party app running strictly via WiFi
    Google Voice will do that, but the app itself doesn't handle MMS very well. I have GV and Textra, use GV for voicemail only, but I can use it for texts if I needed to.
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    This is from the Textra message board.
    T-Mobile MMS over WiFi Calling – Textra SMS

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    Thanks for the feedback.

    Regrettably, T-Mobile does not grant any third-party messaging apps access to the T-Mobile WiFi Calling feature for MMS. T-Mobile use something called GBA authentication which only system apps or apps signed by t-mobile can use (so not Textra).

    We are working with t-mobile to hopefully allow us access!

    In the meantime ensure in Textra, Settings, MMS Settings, Prefer WiFi is off.

    Thanks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shilohcane View Post
    This is from the Textra message board.
    T-Mobile MMS over WiFi Calling – Textra SMS

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    Thanks for the feedback.

    Regrettably, T-Mobile does not grant any third-party messaging apps access to the T-Mobile WiFi Calling feature for MMS. T-Mobile use something called GBA authentication which only system apps or apps signed by t-mobile can use (so not Textra).

    We are working with t-mobile to hopefully allow us access!

    In the meantime ensure in Textra, Settings, MMS Settings, Prefer WiFi is off.

    Thanks.
    Nice to know they are trying, Textra is awesome like that! Unfortunately with the Nexus 5 since it is not a "T-Mobile" phone doesn't have Wi-Fi calling

    Nexus 5 4.4.2 (rooted)
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    I moved from Hangouts to Textra for a very stupid reason. I don't have a data plan in my phone so I don't have my Google account linked on Hangouts. It really bothered me that I couldn't get a picture in my contact while using Hangouts so I changed to Textra and I am more than happy. This app is just awesome!
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    Wow thanks for the good convo everyone. So I guess textra is the cats ***! But I do love hangouts, believe it or not I find it more accurate and reliable than imessage!

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