June 19, 2014 5:44 pm at 5:44 pm #613046Hu Ika AnuhMember
My android phone (or plan)does not let me send or receive text to/from Israel.
Any idea how I can text to a dumb-phone in Israel?June 19, 2014 6:22 pm at 6:22 pm #1050328interjectionParticipant
Get an app that texts internationalJune 19, 2014 11:20 pm at 11:20 pm #1050329HaLeiViParticipant
Get an Israeli Google number and send from Google Voice.June 20, 2014 8:17 pm at 8:17 pm #1050330HealthParticipant
HIA- I always text to EY, it’s cheaper than calling.
I use Verizon, the other side has to have texting,
almost all phones there do. It must also be a mobile phone,
just like here.December 25, 2014 4:06 am at 4:06 am #1050331Hu Ika AnuhMember
All the apps require that the Israeli phone have the same app. I need to text to a dumb-phone, that can’t have any apps. Any ideas?December 25, 2014 4:19 am at 4:19 am #1050332
What was wrong with HaLeiVi’s advice? You don’t need an app to receive texts from a Google Voice number (you do need an app or computer to send).December 25, 2014 4:28 am at 4:28 am #1050333JosephParticipant
What’s an Israeli Google number? Google Voice only issues U.S. numbers.
Besides, does GV allow outgoing (and incoming) texts to an international number?December 25, 2014 5:46 am at 5:46 am #1050334
They don’t allow outgoing texts to an international number.
After searching (with Google, of course), I think you’re right that you can’t get an Israeli Google number, so that idea is out.
There are some advertisement based websites which offer international texting. I would try those.
I don’t know if any of the Israeli carriers have email addresses associated with the phone numbers as the US carriers do. If so, email to text would be a good option.December 25, 2014 7:23 am at 7:23 am #1050335–Participant
I don’t think it’s possible. In Israel all costs associated with text messaging are billed to the sender. You can’t send a message unless the recipient’s phone company has a way to charge you (or your service provider) for delivering the message.December 25, 2014 10:43 am at 10:43 am #1050336haifagirlParticipant
As far as I know, no Israeli carries have e-mail addresses for the phone numbers. I looked into it when I first moved here. It’s a pain.December 25, 2014 11:56 am at 11:56 am #1050337writersoulParticipant
I have an Israeli phone and there’s some sort of thing where you can use Facebook to send free texts from the US to Israel. (I’m not sure if it’s just my company or not, though….)December 25, 2014 4:50 pm at 4:50 pm #1050339HealthParticipant
Hu Ika Anuh -“All the apps require that the Israeli phone have the same app. I need to text to a dumb-phone, that can’t have any apps. Any ideas?”
All the above are all not needed. I have a US dumb phone & so does the Israeli side. You need to have a plan that includes texting & so does the Israeli side. You also need a screen on the phone, most phones in the last 10 years have screens.December 25, 2014 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm #1050340from Long IslandParticipant
Sorry, but if the recipient has a “kosher phone” it has no texting capability.December 25, 2014 10:17 pm at 10:17 pm #1050341JayMatt19Participant
1. Use WhatsApp
2. get them to get a US number for SMS using Heywire
3. make sure have the israeli number correctly. a text to 059-987-6543 should be sent as follows +972599876543December 25, 2014 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm #1050342
JayMatt (nice to hear from you),
Doesn’t WhatsApp require a smartphone for the recipient?December 25, 2014 10:48 pm at 10:48 pm #1050343JayMatt19Participant
Ya, WhatsApp requires both parties to have the app.
The Kosher Smartphones actually have Whatsapp on them
But Heywire (and google voice) give u a US number which is with you worldwide. And is free.
There used to be a way to send an sms to israel via google (google chat) but it didnt work for every carrier, and I dont know if it even exists todayDecember 29, 2014 4:42 am at 4:42 am #1050344HLMMemberDecember 29, 2014 6:38 pm at 6:38 pm #1050345bygirl93Member
try groupme- not all parties need to have the app or even a smart phone- they get it as a text (so they have to be able to get incoming texts) but from your end its over internet/data
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