I came to Europe from Canada for a month, but I want to keep in touch with relatives and friends back in Canada. Assuming I have WiFi access on my Android, how can I text them, and be able to receive texts back? Texting overseas would be too expensive for both me and them, so I must find a way to do it through WiFi, but they would receive and send actual texts.

I have a Nexus 5 with Android 4.4.4.

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If you would like to send and receive SMS messages over Wi-Fi, I would suggestion using Google Voice (Now integrated into Google Hangouts). You will be able to send/receive SMS free of charge (As long as you are using Wi-Fi). I have done some quick Googling, and didn't see anything that says it doesn't work in Canada. Give it a shot and see if it works for you.

If for any reason it doesn't work in your region, feel free to let me know and I will try and find other services that may be of use to you.

  • yep its what i use for calling, its the best. they recently added google dialer, but i dont see any way i can text through it Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 13:24
  • Where are you using the service? Google Voice Website or app, or through the Hangouts service? Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 13:25
  • i tried it in hangouts, it was a while ago i noticed i can only call and not text. ill try to do a little more research, but i dont see a way to do it Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 13:26
  • what you looked at is probably to use hangouts as a texting app, rather than an app that sends texts throguh wifi Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 13:27
  • Try using the Google Voice app maybe. And when using Hangouts, usually, you just type in the phone number you want to SMS on the Contacts tab within the app, and it will prompt you asking if you would like to send the message with Hangouts or Google Voice SMS. Check in your app settings at Settings->Current Google Account-> Incoming Phone Calls & Messages. Make sure those two options are checked and see if that helps. EDIT: The app indeed sends full SMS messages via my Google Number, free of charge. I use it daily to text friends, as I have a limited texting plan on my phone currently. Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 13:30

I don't know about Canada, but here in the UK some carriers have apps that let you use your WiFi connection to send texts and receive using your normal phone number. I'm not sure about using this overseas but you could probably use a proxy (like Hola) if this is blocked. Even if an app exists but you cannot receive texts with it then this is generally free when roaming because you have no control over who sends you an SMS.

  • we should have that too. im having trouble finding it on the site. whats the feature called? Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 13:19
  • You might not have a similar feature but if you do, then I don't there is a general term for this - every carrier has there own. For example, 3 in the UK has Three inTouch (three.co.uk/discover/three_intouch). I can see that Canadian home-phone providers have their own versions (TELUS Extend and Rogers One Number)
    – adamantium
    Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 13:25
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    To see if your network has a similar service just google '[your network name] wifi calling/sms app'
    – adamantium
    Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 13:30

Use Viber or Whats App? There are also numerous of app similar to them. Typical SMS is impossible, because it's send over your telephone carrier.

  • so i'd be able to send messages but not receive them? Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 13:05
  • No...telephone companies have agreement with each others where if you are in one country and want to send to other company,you'll sms first travels to your registered carrier,then to other telephone carrier who's in receivers country, and finally to the telephone where is the receiver.This is a lot more complicated, but I have tried to explain it to you as easier I can, so you could understand. But your problem solver is one of these apps. They are multi platform,so iOS,Android and Windows support them+you can send anyone anywhere in the world but you and the receiver must have internet access
    – sharp
    Commented Jul 27, 2015 at 13:13

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