Android Users: What SMS Client Do You Use?



  • @ambarishrh said:

    Even though airdroid is not SMS client, I really like it, gives me the flexibility of sending sms from my laptop and much more! http://help.airdroid.com/customer/portal/articles/1286642-sms

    Apart from that, I am also using hangout replacing the native sms app

    I love using Airdroid but can't at work unless I do it over mobile which is slow! So I generally end up texting from my Google Voice at work...



  • You find that the network is too slow for SMS messages?



  • @Reid-Cooper said:

    You find that the network is too slow for SMS messages?

    My signal tends to have issues at my apartment. My calls are overall good, but do have some sound quality issues from time to time, although that could be on the other party's end too. SMS usually goes through without an issue, but sometimes it hangs and MMS messages are kind of slow.



  • What carrier are you on? Have you looked into a range extender?



  • @Reid-Cooper said:

    What carrier are you on? Have you looked into a range extender?

    Verizon. My apartment seems to be in a little bit of a dead zone. Not completely dead, but mostly.



  • You can definitely get repeaters for them.



  • @Dominica uses a Verizon extender.

    Don't need one for my TMobile iPhone because with TMobile and iPhone you get calls and SMS over WiFi which is awesome. Way better than needing an extender. I love it. TMobile was the best idea ever.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @Dominica uses a Verizon extender.

    Don't need one for my TMobile iPhone because with TMobile and iPhone you get calls and SMS over WiFi which is awesome. Way better than needing an extender. I love it. TMobile was the best idea ever.

    This is an awesome idea.. I need to see if AT&T supports it?



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @Dominica uses a Verizon extender.

    Don't need one for my TMobile iPhone because with TMobile and iPhone you get calls and SMS over WiFi which is awesome. Way better than needing an extender. I love it. TMobile was the best idea ever.

    I'm looking at Republic Wireless for personal use. Seems like the same idea.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @Dominica uses a Verizon extender.

    Don't need one for my TMobile iPhone because with TMobile and iPhone you get calls and SMS over WiFi which is awesome. Way better than needing an extender. I love it. TMobile was the best idea ever.

    Problem is if you don't live in a major city (so Dallas isn't an issue but Syracuse is very problematic), you get $4!+ for coverage...



  • Not that I ever plan to live in Syracuse again...I would rather stay in Dallas than go back to Syracuse if that says anything...



  • I've had surprisingly good luck with TMobile. In Dallas it was better than Verizon, by a lot. That's why I initially was willing to switch. But after moving back to the northeast I found that where one worked the other likely did too and when one didn't the other likely didn't. Verizon coverage here is definitely better, out in the woods, but both are uselessly bad. But TMobile offers the WiFi option which makes it a dramatic winner in my everyday usage. I can connect to wifi most places that I go or else I get great reception.

    I live in the woods by a mountain, so I am in a dead zone. But if I go for a walk it is only minutes past my driveway that my coverage shoots to five bars on 4G. And because of the wifi option, my coverage at home is excellent. So put together, TMobile has outperformed Verizon for us for the past five years.

    If you do a lot of traveling, like driving all over, Verizon is far better.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    I've had surprisingly good luck with TMobile. In Dallas it was better than Verizon, by a lot. That's why I initially was willing to switch. But after moving back to the northeast I found that where one worked the other likely did too and when one didn't the other likely didn't. Verizon coverage here is definitely better, out in the woods, but both are uselessly bad. But TMobile offers the WiFi option which makes it a dramatic winner in my everyday usage. I can connect to wifi most places that I go or else I get great reception.

    I live in the woods by a mountain, so I am in a dead zone. But if I go for a walk it is only minutes past my driveway that my coverage shoots to five bars on 4G. And because of the wifi option, my coverage at home is excellent. So put together, TMobile has outperformed Verizon for us for the past five years.

    If you do a lot of traveling, like driving all over, Verizon is far better.

    Verizon dominates the NE market. Of course, they were founded in NY, so it's not entirely surprising.



  • I like hangouts, but i think its way too complicated for non-techy users. Hangouts really doesn't like texting phone contacts. It almost forces you to convert everyone to Google Contacts. Also if you have Google Voice, it will randomly text some people with your Google Voice number . It took me awhile to figure out that I was texting people from Google Voice instead of my carrier number. I found that in settings it tries to reply with the last number you used.

    Overall its better than any texting app I have used, but its a real pain in the ass to configure and nothing is really explained.



  • @IRJ said:

    I like hangouts, but i think its way too complicated for non-techy users. Hangouts really doesn't like texting phone contacts. It almost forces you to convert everyone to Google Contacts. Also if you have Google Voice, it will randomly text some people with your Google Voice number . It took me awhile to figure out that I was texting people from Google Voice instead of my carrier number. I found that in settings it tries to reply with the last number you used.

    Overall its better than any texting app I have used, but its a real pain in the ass to configure and nothing is really explained.

    Yeah, I guess I can see that. What's weird is how Airdroid and Hangouts works...Airdroid will only show you messages sent and received to/from your carrier's number. But in Hangouts, it aggregates your Google chat, carrier, and Google Voice messsages all into one stream. Kind of annoying tbh...that it doesn't show everything in Airdroid like it does in Hangouts...