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Discussion in 'iPad Mini Forum' started by shEEEsh, Oct 28, 2012.

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    Can you send SMS messages with the Cellular/ DATA Mini?
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    No, it'll be the same as its "bigger brothers." It does not have the innards that cell phone require/use to send SMS messages. You'll be able to use iMessage (to talk to other Apple devices), however. But - it's not a phone and so can't be used as one.

    There are, however, several apps in the App Store that can be used to send texts.

    Marilyn
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    Would be nice to receive SMS messages etc .. Is it using the mini SIM or the new one like the iPhone 5? How about T-mobile? Know if we can use T-Mobile? Seems it works with everyone else ... All the other iPads could use T-Mobile but it was SLOW ...
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    There are quite a few apps that will assign your iPad a phone number so it can send/receive SMS and in many cases, act as a phone as well.
    A stand alone phone app that I like because it allows you to use it as Google Voice forwarding number is called "Whistle".
    Used to be completely free but there is a small (in app?) charge for it now. No texting abilities in Whistle.
    A stand alone texting app that I like the best for iPad is "Textfree for iPad". It assigns you a real phone number and works pretty flawlessly, and it's free.
    There are versions of Textfree written for iPhones that also allow calls, and one even offers voicemail - but there is an in app charge for minutes when used as a phone.
    Textfree now makes a Pinger app, but I don't care for Pinger because it requires access to your contacts (something I won't usually allow an app to do).
    HTH

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