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International TXT messaging?

agiannot

Mar 19, 2005, 10:40 AM
I'm very interested in exchanging TXT/SMS messaging with family in Italy. I've attempted to send a couple. I get billed, but they never go through. Does Verizon only have an agreement with Vodafone over there (which, of course, nobody actually uses)?

I went so far as to try Cingular GSM, but their coverage where I work sucks.

Thanks!
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ccanady

Mar 19, 2005, 11:14 AM
as far as I know, cingular is the only one I know of that can send International texts. I tried it with alltel, sprint and nextel and neither worked. Called sprints tech support and the guy there told me he uses his cingular phone to send texts to his friends in Germany.
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bizkitsngravy

Mar 19, 2005, 11:49 AM
T-Mobile also has many INTL sms agreements amongst others. To send is $0.15/ea and receiving depends on which sms plan you have, because it will come from the alloted amount. Or if no sms plan/feature it's just like domestic $0.05/ea.

*However, there are still carriers without said agreements, in which case T-Mobile can't guarantee the delivery of the message to the recepient.*

I personally don't do it myself on any regular basis, but I've sent INTL sms to a few countries and all were delivered fine.
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bizkitsngravy

Mar 19, 2005, 11:52 AM
Here's just the link to the intl sms page fyi
http://www.t-mobile.com/international/textmessaging.asp »
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Digital Pimp

Mar 19, 2005, 12:05 PM
ccanady said:
as far as I know, cingular is the only one I know of that can send International texts. I tried it with alltel, sprint and nextel and neither worked. Called sprints tech support and the guy there told me he uses his cingular phone to send texts to his friends in Germany.


Verizon has an "open test messaging service" which means you can text anyone from a verizon phone (international or USA) if another company has a closed system that will not accept Verizon's messages, they will not go through. If you have a question about it you need to contact the company of the person your trying to send a text to, to see if they can receive them before being charged for using the system to send it. Same ...
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Stevo2k4

Mar 20, 2005, 4:46 PM
Digital Pimp said:
ccanady said:
as far as I know, cingular is the only one I know of that can send International texts. I tried it with alltel, sprint and nextel and neither worked. Called sprints tech support and the guy there told me he uses his cingular phone to send texts to his friends in Germany.


Verizon has an "open test messaging service" which means you can text anyone from a verizon phone (international or USA) if another company has a closed system that will not accept Verizon's messages, they will not go through. If you have a question about it you need to contact the company of the person your trying to send a text to, to see if they can receive them before being charged
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froggirl

Mar 19, 2005, 12:12 PM
US Cellular allows international text at the same cost as domestic text. I text Greece fairly frequently and never havea problem.
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Anxiovert

Mar 19, 2005, 12:43 PM
ccanady said:
as far as I know, cingular is the only one I know of that can send International texts. I tried it with alltel, sprint and nextel and neither worked. Called sprints tech support and the guy there told me he uses his cingular phone to send texts to his friends in Germany.

This is not true! I send txts from my VZW phone to family in Venezuela (main carriers are CDMA there) and they go through all the time. Now since most people have CDMA phones there I can't use my cingular phone for internacional txt, I only have a friend there that has a GSM phone there, I send him txt, he gets them but when he replies I dont get them
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ccanady

Mar 19, 2005, 1:04 PM
reread my post, I said "as far as I know" not "they are the only one". There's a difference
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schnozejt

Mar 19, 2005, 1:01 PM
VZW does allow txt msg intnly to Italy:
http://vtext.rsgo.net/vtext/txtintl_viewall.jsp?null ... »
This link also provides specific dialing instrcutions.


If you are sending/receiving txt msgs domestically with no problems and the msg you are sending to Italy is sent succesful then the problem is on the other users end.

Please keep in mind that it takes two to tango don't automatically assume that the vodaphone user has no issues.
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bizkitsngravy

Mar 19, 2005, 5:20 PM
schnozejt said:
Please keep in mind that it takes two to tango don't automatically assume that the vodaphone user has no issues.



very good point.
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agiannot

Mar 20, 2005, 12:10 PM
schnozejt said:
VZW does allow txt msg intnly to Italy:
http://vtext.rsgo.net/vtext/txtintl_viewall.jsp?null ... »
This link also provides specific dialing instrcutions.


Yes, but with Vodafone Italy. That is truly the smallest carrier over there, and unfortunately NOBODY uses it. ☹️ The big ones are TIM and WIND.
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schnozejt

Mar 20, 2005, 6:19 PM
If it says Vodafone only then it's vodafone only.
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bizkitsngravy

Mar 19, 2005, 5:53 PM
Another thing that may possibly play a role (as to why your sms are not getting through)?? I was just thinking of is the compatibility of the messaging services. VZW, Cingular, T-Mobile etc...they use a 2-way sms service. It's possible the other carrier may use an internet based text service such as short mail.
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