Easiest way to text international friends without a local number?

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  1. fuzzybabybunny

    fuzzybabybunny Moderator<br>Digital & Video Cameras
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    Is there some way to text message with international friends? I have a sim card but it is only used for data, not for voice or texting. Besides, when I leave the country I wont have the international numberanyway. I can't text internationally with Google voice and I don't think they can text an American number either. Besides email, is there a way to conveniently text either other Most have iPhones so I don't think googletalk works for them.
     
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  3. msh

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    For real (sms) texting there are no good ways to do it that are not country specific.

    For alternatives whatsapp or viber could be used (I think they have got security under control).
     
  4. nickbits

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    Whatsapp is popular...
     
  5. aaksheytalwar

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    There is a twitter technology. Google it.
     
  6. ponyo

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    My wife uses KakaoTalk app and she seems to like it. It's cross compatible with iOS, Android, Blackberry, and WP.
     
  7. ImDonly1

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    iMessage? If all of you are using iPhones. I think it works internationally, but my sure.
     
  8. s44

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    There are google talk apps for every platform... But I do like the twitter DM idea.

    Kakao is very big in Korea, dunno about Chinese folks though.
     
  9. zaydq

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    I know whatsapp is popular among the people i know.
     
  10. DLeRium

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    Whatsapp is huge in Asia. I would get on that. All my fob friends use it.
     
  11. ThatsABigOne

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  12. DLeRium

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    why does the OP have so many elementary questions about mobile phones? it's kinda troubling
     
  13. EvilYoda

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    Whatsapp and Viber, now that the latter has expanded their app's abilities.

    Everybody I know in Taiwan has and uses Whatsapp. (I wish everybody here would too so we could stop using fucking SMS)
     
  14. cronos

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    Why not? If they have to install another app anyway, it's just as easy to install Beejive or imo as it is to install whatsapp.

    For the record, I agree with what everybody else have mentioned (whatsapp, etc). I'm just curious about this particular statement.
     
  15. DLeRium

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    I think fewer people leave their IM app on push 24/7 whereas Android users typically have gtalk on 24/7. It's no longer just a work chat thing people do by having gmail secretly open. It's now the best way to get ahold of them on their phone besides texting.

    You have to admit Gtalk is treated a little differently on the iPhone.
     
  16. cronos

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    My point was: his friends are going to have to install a special app on their iPhones anyway, regardless if it's GTalk via Beejive/IM+/imo, or Whatsapp/Kakao/etc.

    I'm thinking the OP either:
    1. doesn't realize that you can have GTalk on iPhones, or
    2. doesn't realize that for this particular usage his friends will need to install a special instant messaging program on their iPhones (and keep them on push 24/7)

    At the end of the day I think it really doesn't matter what we think is better (or how 'big' something is in Asia or whatever). If the OP's friends don't want to bother installing some strange app that they only need to communicate with him, it's not going to work. My suggestion is for the OP to ask his friends what *they* are using for cross platform messaging, and install that on his android phone.
     
  17. Bman123

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    You have a bunch of options, just dig around and find one that works best for you.
     
  18. 3chordcharlie

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    This.

    Also, for whatever reason, iOS is the only platform that does not have a one-year free trial from whatsapp. At least it didn't in August. Charging $0.99 (i.e. - next to nothing) is a surprisingly effective way to stop people from using your app.