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How Can I Text Message on my iPad

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Posted Dec 15 2010 11:41 AM

Just bought a new iPad and am astounded to learn that there it appears that I cannot text or receive text messages.

Can you please tell me if you CAN text with the iPad.
If not, are there any add on aps that can allow me to text? If so, what do you recommend.


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  nathanator11's Photo
Posted Dec 20 2010 07:35 AM

I use Google Voice. It takes a bit of time to set up, but it works.
Basically, you get a new phone number that forwards to your phone(s).
Text messages appear in your Google Voice inbox, and are sent to you by email. You can send text messages by email as well.
You can send and receive calls from your computer or phones.

To find our more, go to voice.google.com.
  cjapes's Photo
Posted Jan 24 2011 06:30 PM

You can use Skype for iPad to text messages on the iPad.
  codyrioux's Photo
Posted Jan 25 2011 08:14 AM

A lot of carriers also allow you to email to text addresses. I'm on Bell in canada and I can receive texts via number@txt.bell.ca I know most other carriers support this as well.
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Posted Jan 26 2011 06:17 AM

nathanator11 gives the right answer.

Because Google Voice is cross-platform, you're also not tied to JUST the iPad when you sign up. You can SMS from computers, iPhones, Android phones and maybe even Blackberry's (just not sure on that one).

You can also use Google Voice as the voicemail for your cell phone.

  Yusuf Samad's Photo
Posted Nov 19 2011 11:13 AM

Upload your iPad to iOS 5

Then you can text message Easley
  MarilynsView's Photo
Posted Jul 28 2012 05:32 AM

You can text to other Apple devices using iMessage. Here's how to set up iMessage on the New iPad. Doesn't help with Android, but will work if your friends use OS X or IOS devices.
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Posted Feb 22 2013 09:10 AM

I use the text plus app and it works great so far