11-18-2011, 11:36 PM
| | Re: Retrieving SMS Messages from Web Page
On Fri, 18 Nov 2011 02:04:00 -0800, "W" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
>Given the problems with high costs when roaming in a foreign country, I am
>wondering if ATT (or Verizon) have a solution that would let you retrieve
>your SMS messages from a web page instead of needing to turn the phone on.
Google Voice. Lets you view/send SMS from the phone app (either on 3G
or WiFi) or on any computer from a web page. Integrates voicemail
also (walks you through setting provider to forward on busy/no
answer), with the audio message available via app, online, or by email
along with a transcript (which is often laughable, but usually enough
to get the idea of what the call is about). Completely free; I use it
on Android, but I believe they have an iPhone app also.
It's not perfect -- you need to have people send SMS messages to a
different number (or port your number to GV, which may not be ideal),
and it can't handle MMS picture/videos. But for me, the benefits
outweigh those drawbacks, especially for the price difference.