How can I receive text messages on my computer or tablet without cell service?

Mark February 7, 2015

I need to be able to receive an SMS/text message and I do not have a cell phone.  Is there some way (the best way) for me to sign-up for some type of service that would allow me to receive text messages from someone on my computer and/or Android tablet?

Thank you!

  1. Amari
    March 6, 2015 at 8:21 pm

    You want yo use the web the best way would be Google Voice.
    If you have an android cellphone without service you can then download the spare phone app.
    Doesn't use ads and you can still use google voice. it cost $2 but that's cheaper than any service I know of. So as long as you are around wifi you have a phone. Great call quality too.
    For some reason it's only on the amazon store now a days

  2. Landis
    February 25, 2015 at 8:54 pm

    I've used in the past to 'chat' with my niece.
    It worked, but was clumsy, but that may have changed by now.

  3. Landis
    February 25, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    I've use to talk to my niece in the past.
    it worked, but was clumsy. Probably better now?.?

  4. Just_the_facts_ma'am
    February 24, 2015 at 8:05 am

    I used Pinger for quite a while when I had no cell phone (paid) service at all. You get a free number and you can use it on your cell phone via the Pinger App or Online via Text Free Web (Pinger) at ----That was my favorite one to use. The other one that was pretty good was which is super basic but functional. Good Luck!

  5. Oron
    February 13, 2015 at 9:25 am

    If you get a number capable of receiving SMSs (perhaps a virtual ones as HQI suggests), you can use IFTTT to forward received messages to your email account

  6. HQI
    February 13, 2015 at 12:59 am

    You can use HeyWire which will provide you with a free virtual phone number. You can use the app to send an SMS and receive an SMS from your friends weather they have the app or not. As for the desktop you can simply login by visiting their website and send and receive sms messages.
    Download Android app -
    Website -

  7. Justin Pot
    February 9, 2015 at 3:50 pm

    If you live in the USA, Google Voice is the best solution. These days it even integrates with Google Hangouts, which means you'll get your texts alongside your IMs. Give it a shot!

    • Ragu P
      February 11, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      Justin, can you send IM's via Google Hangouts?

  8. Jan F.
    February 8, 2015 at 10:15 am

    As ha14 suggested, Google Voice let's you send and receive text messages.
    Skype also let's you send and receive text messages, rates differ per country.

    two other (randomly chosen) services

  9. ha14
    February 7, 2015 at 8:10 pm

    Get Google Voice text messages and voicemails in Hangouts
    Get started with Hangouts
    you can also integrate Google Voice into Google Hangouts so that you can send SMS messages
    Upgrading to a full Google Voice account

    Make calls with Hangouts on Android

    Google Hangouts (for Android),2817,2423458,00.asp

    • Anonymous
      March 2, 2015 at 3:00 pm

      Is necessary to read so much.

    • ha14
      March 2, 2015 at 3:35 pm

      what do you mean?

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