I was using afreesms.com, but for some reason I got barred! So I googled for another free service, and the first tutorial got me to install Bluestacks – an android emulator – and an app called TextMe.
Yeah, I saw that it said “Send free texts to your friends in the US, Canada & More!” I just assumed that “& More” included Europe FFS! I mean, it knew I was in the UK and slipped me geo-located ads…
But I was wrong. US and Canada… And the More? Not Europe, not the UK. It’d be cool for users in the US and Canada for sure. Apparently you can send and even receive SMS on your free new number!
No good for me though. Time wasted. So let’s make up for it by finding a solution to my self-imposed goal – sending texts for free to UK numbers.
I decided to keep to BlueStacks, figuring that phones are natural text-senders. So I googled appropriately and founds this:
So I followed the instructions, configured the app, matched my phone number with SMS verification… and that was the only text message that emanated from Bluestacks. Shubham Kedia was rewarded with free texts on his laptop, but I wasn’t. 😦
In the end I found my free SMS… and more! Actual phone calls! For free!
Globfone.com is wicked. Free international VOIP calls FFS!! Okay, so they are time-restricted, but it’s still there to use for free. And the peer-to-peer stuff looks like it’s cool, though I haven’t tried it myself.
Anyway, I did it.. eventually… Got free text messages from my laptop. Hurray!!!!