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I have a tablet running Android 4.0.1, and a cell phone running 2.2.

When I'm working on my tablet, I would like to be able to see my texts and phone calls get forwarded to the tablet, which doesn't have a SIM card, and be able to interact with them as if I was on my cell phone, preferably over wi-fi and/or bluetooth. Is this possible? Paid solutions are acceptable as well.

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tablet doesn't have sim card means it is not capable of having a sim or it's capable but you choose not to use a sim in the tablet? –  Sparx May 3 '12 at 5:59
    
No SIM card capabilities. Or if there is, I haven't seen it, but wouldn't buy one anyways –  Canadian Luke May 4 '12 at 19:21

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I've tried several solutions like TabletTalk, Desksms, but none of them was really reliable. Two weeks ago I found mysms which works very similar, but for me works a lot better.

You install mysms on your phone and on your tablet (there's a seperate tablet app for this) and it immediately syncs your messages from your phone to your tablet. If you send a message from your tablet it will also be synced back to your phone. You get notifications for new messages and have a few settings to optimize them for your use. As far as I know there's no option for forwarding calls, but for texting it's just great!

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If you're in the USA, use Google Voice - it allows a user to make voice calls while on WiFi and also allows sending / receiving SMS.

Also look at Tablet Talk for your SMS needs at least. In early development, there's also Phone Link

If you're working on your tablet, I believe the simplest solution for voice calls is to have a bluetooth handsfree paired with your phone so you can make and receive calls.

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In the land of the snow and canucks... Canada can't take advantage of Google Voice yet :( –  Canadian Luke May 4 '12 at 19:22

Use Tablet Talk. I use this between my phone and tablet, and it works flawlessly. Auto syncs messages between the two, and forwards texts and calls to the tablet when connected. Has lots of settings to autoconnect, and suppress notifications on the phone when it pushes things to the tablet. I have it setup to connect whenever both my phone and tablet are connected to my home wifi network, or when the tablet is tethered to my phone. It even has a floating notification window that you can enable, so you can quickly reply to an incoming text, then get back to whatever you were doing on your tablet. Brilliant app, barely use my phone at all any more.

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You could use GTalkSMS. It may not be easy to configure for the average user. But if you get the idea, create some XMPP Accounts and are able to install one of the many XMPP Clients for Android on your tablet, you get exactly what you want.

Note: According to the FAQ I have to disclose that I am involved into GtalkSMS. GTalkSMS is an open source GPL licensed Android app. Everyone can contribute.

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The link is showing an error page. Is this available in Canada? And I'm going to have to do research into what XMPP is –  Canadian Luke May 4 '12 at 19:22
    
Installed but having issues. Where do I see messages? –  Canadian Luke May 5 '12 at 4:02
    
On the XMPP client on the other side. As I said, it's not that user friendly and you have to have some technical knowledge. Please refer to the offical How-To Setup GtalkSMS. For further assistance ask on the users forum. –  Flow May 5 '12 at 10:16

You can get your SMS off your phone to your tablet via DeskSMS. Works well, I've been using it for nearly a year now. It'll also forward your SMS to your email and you can reply via email just as if you were texting.

Phone calls is a bit trickier without Google Voice. The best Android app solution in Canada now that GV has closed the 403 area code hack is probably Bud Phone, which gives you free calling within and to most Canadian cities. If memory serves, you can forward your phone to it or it to your regular phone. It's run by FreePhoneLine.ca, which is a pretty reliable VOIP telco.

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This looks promising. Installing now, then will set up when I get home. I assume I don't need it installed on my tablet :P –  Canadian Luke May 5 '12 at 21:11
    
SMS you don't need anything other than your email client. For BudPhone you'd need their soft client on your phone I should think, if you want to take calls on your tablet. –  Logos May 6 '12 at 0:07

MAXS (Modular Android XMPP Suite) allows you to send and receive SMS messages over XMPP. Using an XMPP client on your tablet you can therefore receive and reply to SMS messages from your Android smartphone.

It also allows you to control various aspects of Android, includes a SMS/Call/Battery notification and reply system. Additionaly it is able to send and receive files to and from your Android device. There are many other features too.

Note: According to the FAQ I have to disclose that I am involved into MAXS. MAXS is an open source GPLv3 licensed Android app. Everyone can contribute.

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For text on your tablet, I found an app on Google Play called TextNow. It gives you "text number" in the area code you want and you can text any number (all for free and not just for "app to app" text only...). Did you find how to make and receive phone call on a tablet without a SIM card?

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Not what I'm looking for. I basically want my texts sent and received on my phone, and also synced with my tablet –  Canadian Luke Sep 23 '12 at 6:23

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