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TCI

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Posted: 11/03/21 03:12pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Morning all,
Ok, we are going to be off the grid with no phone service for a couple months in another country. We will have access to wifi periodically. Any suggestions on how to receive and send texts. Example. If we charge something, sometimes they send a text to verify it's you. If I could access those, that would be great.
I really don't care about phone calls. We don't get many and I'm going to change our voicemail to send an email instead of calling or leaving a message.
Any ideas, suggestions or thoughts would be appreciated.


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Posted: 11/03/21 03:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

TCI wrote:

Morning all,
Ok, we are going to be off the grid with no phone service for a couple months in another country. We will have access to wifi periodically. Any suggestions on how to receive and send texts. Example. If we charge something, sometimes they send a text to verify it's you. If I could access those, that would be great.
I really don't care about phone calls. We don't get many and I'm going to change our voicemail to send an email instead of calling or leaving a message.
Any ideas, suggestions or thoughts would be appreciated.


sure. when you have access to wifi you'll be back on the grid which msans you'll be able to send and receive texts.


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Posted: 11/03/21 03:43pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Some cell service is available in many countries depending on service for a resonable fee.


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Posted: 11/03/21 03:57pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

My regular texts are sms, which will not work on wi-fi with my phone and provider. I do have a Google Voice account with which I can call or text on wi-fi. Your phone and provider might be different

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Posted: 11/03/21 05:19pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

two options:

1) with our phones we can use them out of the country for a nominal cost/wk/month etc. especially if it is for text messages only. Our phones don't incure any extra charges for Canada or mexico.

2) garmin inreach. Uses sat service (Iridium network) and you can set up a list of people you can text and it is also possible for them to text you. And since your off grid it works for SOS or emergency extraction if worse comes to worse.

It will work anywhere in the world. We've used our from above the artic circle in Canada to the tip of south america, all over europe and asia.

And you can allow others to at least track and see where you are at.

works with bluetooth on your phone if needed to to speach to text instead of the inreach "keyboard"

however I don't think the inreach will work for the two factor authentication app's.


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Look at Google FI.

https://fi.google.com/about/


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Posted: 11/03/21 08:32pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Set up a free Google Voice account and phone number, and install the free Google Voice app on your phone. Any time you have WiFi, you'll have voice and text service available. We use it on our Verizon phones when the only Internet service we have is from our AT&T hotspot.


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Posted: 11/03/21 09:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

TCI wrote:

Morning all,
Ok, we are going to be off the grid with no phone service for a couple months in another country. We will have access to wifi periodically. Any suggestions on how to receive and send texts. Example. If we charge something, sometimes they send a text to verify it's you. If I could access those, that would be great.
I really don't care about phone calls. We don't get many and I'm going to change our voicemail to send an email instead of calling or leaving a message.
Any ideas, suggestions or thoughts would be appreciated.
I would walk into a phone store that carries your brand and discuss the options. Usually someone is knowledgable to check your phone settings to know what will work. Or possibly there is a temporary low cost international calling plan to consider.


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The issue I see for you is that if you don't respond to the text from your bank/CC company to approve an activity, they may lock your card.

So, I would contact each bank and let them know you will be out of the country and for how long. That should minimize the verifications needed. You can tell them you will not be able to receive texts during that period.


As for cell service, most providers offer an international rate.

ATT offers a $10 for 24 hour period "day pass". You only pay if you use it. So, if you call/text family back home on Monday at 7 am, you pay $10. Every other call/text you make from then until Tuesday at 6:59 am will be free. Once, if, you hit ten days of use during the same billing cycle, you will not be charged for any additional days within that billing cycle.

I did this, and to minimize the days paid, I put the phone on airplane mode for the bulk of my trip. Every few days, I would turn off airplane mode and check for messages (text, email and voice). Over the next 24 hours, I would send messages, make calls home, internet surf, etc. Then I'd turn on airplane mode again.


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Posted: 11/04/21 08:18am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

When I am out of a service area, I can use OnStar to connect when I have to. I have the basic plan which gives me 3 gb a month. Works for me.


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