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oxymore
Old 04-02-2007, 1:12 PM
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Question Cheap International Text Messaging/SMS

Does anyone know any reliable ways to send cheap internation text messages from your phone or somehow use it out of your contract? There seem lots of bypasses with phoning abroad but nothing about texting? I'm on a contract with three and they charge 25p per international text message!

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Old 04-02-2007, 1:32 PM
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Use something like www.smsbug.com or www.vgsmail.com

You will need to download a program to your phone and then use wap to send the texts (will be sent like normal texts).

Wap costs are usually very cheap for sending texts. Overall cost is around 3-5pence (i.e cost of using credit on above program and cost of wap combined)

Many international and national operators are supported.
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Old 04-02-2007, 1:34 PM
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PS just read that vgsmail doesnt work with '3'.

Not sure if the same is true for smsbug
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Old 04-02-2007, 9:34 PM
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Hello there,
I had a look at smsbug, and it looks quite intresting, and it seem to work with 3G.
Do you know by any change how do i pay for the text messages i send? is it through my normal bill, or do i need to open another acount.
Also, will i be able to decide whether to send a text through my normal system or through WAP? this is becuase i get lots of free texts with my contract, but not internationally...

many thanks and hope you can help,
Daniela
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Old 04-02-2007, 10:04 PM
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Hello there,
I had a look at smsbug, and it looks quite intresting, and it seem to work with 3G.
Do you know by any change how do i pay for the text messages i send? is it through my normal bill, or do i need to open another acount.
Also, will i be able to decide whether to send a text through my normal system or through WAP? this is becuase i get lots of free texts with my contract, but not internationally...

many thanks and hope you can help,
Daniela
You download the program onto your mobile and register account. Then you can log in on-line (to top it up, or even send texts if you want to save WAP costs e.g if you were near a computer anyway)

You can send texts the normal way without a problem. If you want to send texts through smsbug then you open the small java program you already downloaded on your phone and do it that way, or if you are near a computer you can send from there too.
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Old 06-02-2007, 12:39 AM
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Thanks I tried smsbug but the sms to send my password never seems to come on my phone.. Has anyone else tried them out? Thanks x

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Old 06-02-2007, 12:52 AM
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I had the same with smsbug and O2

also try vgsmail mobisms and Vyke, the last being cheapest at 2c each
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Old 06-02-2007, 10:27 AM
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I've just returned from O2 to Vodafone - they include international texts in your allowance, O2 didn't!

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Old 10-02-2007, 3:29 AM
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Thanks.. the other guy said vgsmail doesn't work with 3 though? i'll give the other one a try though! *cross fingers* ooh vodafone, maybe i'll give that a thought on my next contract! i wonder if it includes minutes too, o2 does i believe. x
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ok, it seems that on vyke, there is no download program? i mean, you register, go to download, and click on download to mobile phone, and it just brings you back to the mobile faq page!! where is the java program?
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on o2 price plans 35 or above it costs 12p to text abroad, 16p per text for price plans below 35.

If on lower than 35 per month you can add ITS for 2.99 a month which will reduce the cost to 12p.

As far as I'm aware no network includes international texting as part of their allowance.
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Old 10-02-2007, 10:03 PM
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Try the mobileworld simm fro the carphone warehouse.
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ok, it seems that on vyke, there is no download program? i mean, you register, go to download, and click on download to mobile phone, and it just brings you back to the mobile faq page!! where is the java program?
As it says on the page ...

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To download Vyke Mobile, please go to the Vyke Mobile download page (requires that you are logged in). Once you have entered your phone number and pressed send, a message will be sent to your phone containing a link to the automatic download page. This link will automatically start the download and install process.
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Old 11-02-2007, 11:28 AM
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hi

You can try www.smscountry.com it charegs around 1-2p from your computer but u can use it from your mobile if you have full internet access.

Thanks
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As it says on the page ...
Once you have signed in and click on download to mobile it takes you to an instruction page.

There is nowhere to enter your mobile number to receive message etc.

However, from what it says on thhe same page you may need to purchase credit and receive PIN before you can download program to mobile???
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Old 12-02-2007, 3:16 PM
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Hmm shame there isn't an easier one that you can just cable download the java program onto your phone (as i don't have internet access), that actually works.. the smsbug doesn't work and i'm not too keen getting credit in order to download the program like vyke if it doesn't work are there any other similar to smsbug? thanks for all your suggestions
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any more suggestions on this? hehe
there's gotta be a way!
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Old 20-03-2007, 11:42 AM
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Does anyone know any reliable ways to send cheap internation text messages from your phone or somehow use it out of your contract? There seem lots of bypasses with phoning abroad but nothing about texting? I'm on a contract with three and they charge 25p per international text message!

Thanks.. x
Hi there! I have been experimenting with various Java applications too, for the same reasons as you (I want very cheap texts from UK to abroad). I am lucky, I can use smsbug and Vyke. However, I can only give Vyke 5/10 at the moment because I set up an account for my son to use also, and within hours the account was locked. It has been "suspended for security reasons" for 5 days now with the 10 credit wholly inaccessible and unusable. Vyke have not responded to my three emails via their website.

But back to your problem with 3.

I read somewhere that of all the UK mobile networks, 3 actually will not allow Java applications the necessary HTTP connection access for the applications to work. Yes you can download them (via bog standard WAP I believe) but NO you can't use them with Java. However I think if you can persevere with smsbug and get a password, you might be able to skip the Java application and log on to your smsbug account and send SMS from there on 3 via www.smsbug.com/wap . I am not sure yet how much it costs in data download charges typically to do that.

The fact that 3 don't provide the means for any Java App to access the Web like other UK networks is obviously anti-competitive behaviour, but I doubt anyone at Ofcom or OFT is up to speed sufficiently to have a clue what I am talking about.

At the moment, of all that are on offer, I do like smsbug the best as it keeps a log of all your texts, you can move credits between users, the web and WAP interfaces are neat and well thought out, and the Customer Service (albeit provided via South Africa) is very good.
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oxymore - do you have to send the text from your mobile, or would you be happy to send it from a PC?
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I am also looking for a paid-for 100% reliable method of sending texts from a web browser, now that Yahoo is ending their excellent service. Ideally like Yahoo it should be possible to specify your own mobile as the return sms address.
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