MacMost Now 510: Free iPhone SMS Text Messaging Using Google Voice

Carriers charge a premium for text messaging bandwidth. But you can send and receive text messages for free using some apps. With a Google Voice account and the Google Voice app, you can send, receive and get notifications of incoming messages even when the app isn't running.

Comments: 12 Responses to “MacMost Now 510: Free iPhone SMS Text Messaging Using Google Voice”

    13 years ago

    Thanks, Gary. Good tip. I really wish I could shut off texting from AT&T, or only allow those on a whitelist to send. I got tons of text spam around the holidays.

    Scott Hather
    13 years ago

    Thats fine for US folks, but for the 5 billion of us outside the US, have a look at 'Heywire' iPhone app. Free SMS send/receive in just about any country (including the US)

    (Small island 3000 miles east of USA)

    hessel frings
    13 years ago

    Hi Gary,
    Thanks for this post. Google Voice is not available in Europe. So all this doesn't work..
    What I use is Whatsapp . You can even include a picture or video and also connect to blackbery's..
    bye! Hessel

    Luke Thomas
    13 years ago

    I didn't know Google had that. Wow! You are so cool Gary!

    13 years ago

    Thanks Gary... I love it. Also, check out GrowlVoice. Itā€™s notification for GoogleVoice on the Mac.

    13 years ago

    I've tried to use the texting option via Google Voice (thinking I might do away with my AT&T texting plan and use the Voice one instead), but I can't say I'm overly impressed with it.

    In my opinion it's no where near as quick and seamless as the built-in application for the iPhone. Then again, $30 unlimited is a chunk of change each month.

    JoPa Duenas
    13 years ago

    Thank you Gary. Freebees are always the best!

    13 years ago

    Been using this since you reminded me in this video that we could do this. If I can get the family to use it, we'll drop the family plan with AT&T and save a lot of $. Thank you Gary!

    Now a question, which you'll see I also Twittered to you: Is it possible to Text to numbers from Google Voice to numbers like Google Info which are only 6 numbers? A few sources such as Google Info uses short numbers like 466453 and that just kicks back an error from Google Voice just like it does from any other iPhone text app I've tried.

    Thanks for your feedback.

      13 years ago

      I've never tried it with special 6-digit numbers like that. But if you have tried it and it doesn't work, then I guess it doesn't work.

    13 years ago

    Gary, I need your help. I signed up for Google Voice after listening to this video and gave out that phone # to those I send and receive text messages. I am receiving charges on my at&t bill. This past month I charged $6.80 for 34 text messages. Any ideas why this is so?

      12 years ago

      ATT charges .20 per text. I get the same problem. I have 3-4 people that text me all the time even though I never respond back to them. I tell them that I don't have a plan when they ask why I don't text back. Now I can text...reluctantly. I like phone calls and real voices.

    12 years ago

    Great post in how to get free text. I get spammed on occasion and sure would like to block these spammers. Maybe an app will come out for that too!

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