I'm looking for a solution to receive/place calls and SMS over the cellular network. For now, my best solution would be Skype, but i can't receive SMS with it. Is there an equivalent ?


Edit: it might be important : I'm in France, not in the US.

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Google Hangouts would do it. You'd have to get a Google account, and a Google Voice number, and then you can send/receive calls and texts with it.

If you had an iPhone i think you could also use the iPad to place/receive calls using the iPhone cell connection. I don't think this is what you mean though

  • It seems like Google Voice is only available in the US (or at least the Google Voice Number is), am I right ?
    – Rogue
    Jun 10, 2015 at 16:35
  • I'm in the U.S. and I can not view it as outside of US people view it. Jun 10, 2015 at 21:38
  • @Rogue, you probably could use a proxy server to set it up... Jun 15, 2015 at 9:04
  • I did, to test it. I Got an US Phone number, it works but my french friends pay a lot more when they Call / text us Phone numbers
    – Rogue
    Jun 15, 2015 at 9:35
  • @Rogue the cost we can't help :) are most or all of your friends on smartphones? Does something like Line/WhatsApp/Viber/etc make sense? Google hangouts itself has messaging also Jun 15, 2015 at 19:13

There are many free and paid services out there that let you send and/or receive SMS messages via your web browser; some of them such as Skebby also have mobile apps available. You'd certainly have to do your research to find out which ones were reputable, though (and I make no such claim either way for Skebby, which I've never used... was just one of the first ones I found.)

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