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5047 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Jun 10, 2010 8:19 AM by coop42
Currently Being ModeratedJun 9, 2010 4:33 PM (in response to HLT1)
I don't understand why there can't be an App that uses the local network to send texts..
What? Because it's not their network. How would you feel if you spent billions of dollars building a network and anyone could use it for free.MacBook Pro
Currently Being ModeratedJun 9, 2010 4:38 PM (in response to HLT1)
I don't understand why there can't be an App that uses the local network to send texts... kind of fly under the radar...
Because such an app would need to use a carrier's cellular network to do so, which can't be flown under the radar or in effect stealing.
Although SMS/MMS is technically data, it isn't exchanged over a carrier's data or internet network. SMS/MMS is supported and has been supported with "dumb" phones or phones not in the smart phone category for some time, which don't have internet access via a carrier's network. SMS/MMS is exchanged over the same cellular network as calls, which is why a 3rd party app for this can't use a carrier's network for free or under their radar.
Not sure how much data SMS uses via a carrier's network, but it isn't much. Messaging is a cash cow for all carriers. MacBook Pro 15" Intel Core 2 Duo/2.53GHz/4GB RAM/500GB HD, Mac OS X (10.6.3), iPod w/Video 30GB, iPhone 3G 16GB
Currently Being ModeratedJun 9, 2010 8:34 PM (in response to jinniferb)LOL !!! I love the old "why not jst use wifi?" solution.
No offense to you but I got into it with someone about that earlier today and I am still very steamed under the collar.
You do realize, dont you, that wifi networks are nearly IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND? The range of a wireless router is barely 100 feet. Its hardly an acceptable solution or alternative to using the phone network.
And when you do find one, 90% of them are password locked. Nearly 100% of them charge for access.
People, in general, need to stop rattling off the "Just use wifi" suggestion. its illogical and unfeasible.VAIO
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2010 2:27 AM (in response to HLT1)But it's the only solution to your particular issue, so it seems perefctly logical to me. Allan's response explained why you can't just expect to send SMS messages for free on a cellular network. If it were possible everyone would be doing it wouldn't they?
Currently Being ModeratedJun 10, 2010 8:19 AM (in response to HLT1)Of course, they're password locked. You don't leave your front door unlocked do you?
There are a number of paid services that will enable you to connect to many of those locked wifi spots. Boingo is one. For a small monthly fee you can get access to many, many spots that require a password. There are a few others, but I find that it works well for me (literally) around the world.
Of course, it won't help with locked +home networks+. It's designed to cover cafes, airports and the like.
And yes, this is a billable service. It's not free.
To paraphrase your own words, "People, in general, need to stop rattling off the "everything should be free" mindset".Latitude D820