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Is there anyway to forward text messages?
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Charles Reagh

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Dennis, Mobile Master

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Maybe with a special texting app. But your phone/app will need to receive it first
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Some VoIP providers can store and forward simple text messages at a system level. But that involves receving your messages there first (porting your number or setting up a new service).

Useful for those of us who live in fringe reception areas or whose handset might be offline for extended periods, since undelivered SMS usually expires after three days or so.

Text messages are held on their server (internet accessible independently from SMS) and simultaneously forwarded to your cel, so they are never lost. Complication: your cell receives those messages as from "forwarded from your VoIP number", not as from "the original sender's number" so you may have to check the VoIP server to establish the original sender if it's not clear from the message. If you simply reply from your cell phone, it will not reach the original send since the reply just goes back to the VoIP server.

There's also no instant notification when a new message is received on their server. It's pretty much like having email service while your mobile data services are off. You have to pre-actively check.

Does not work with MMS (picture or multimedia) or some non-English language codecs. Cost is about $1 a month on top of regular VoIP line charges.