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36 minutes ago, Yo2slick said:

Wifi and wifi calling are different.  We enabled WiFi and just used the apps.  No danger of the phone coming out of airplane mode or any hidden charges.  I dont believe regular texting works over WiFi.

imessage on iphones does.  if you have an iphone, the recipient must also have an iphone or you'll be texting into the great blue yonder and they will not receive anything (and I dont believe you'll even know)

Android does not offer this functionality in its native messaging app. though as mentioned, there are various platform agnostic solutions to fill this role.

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On 9/10/2019 at 1:55 PM, TJ! said:

WhatsApp is a bit more casual and simple BUT WeChat there is an option for contacting non WeChat user which helps immensely for people who do not want to download or have the app.

 

WeChat extremely similar to WhatsApp provides a lot more features like pre-paying for "international data or something which allows you to use cellular data without having a plan" I've put $10 usd prepaid and it last me my entire vacation when I was in Canada for 5 days.

Thank you for the suggestion of WeChat!  I read some of the critical reviews on the app review page, and concerned about the problems users are having though?  

On 9/10/2019 at 1:56 PM, AshleyDillo said:

You will need to find Wifi and just use the Wifi calling feature.  Otherwise check with your cell phone carrier and see if they have a way to add US coverage onto your plan for the month that you are cruising.  Some carriers in the US have this for as cheap as $10 a month.  My US carrier (Sprint) even has limited coverage in most of the islands that a Caribbean cruise visits and it's included with my plan, just need to activate it.

I have a specific plan that unfortunately doesn't allow me to take part in an $8/day roaming plan.  The cheapest plan for me (Canada) is $30/month for US Roaming Pass: Talk & Text.  I think I'll have to stick with finding free WiFi.  Thanks!

On 9/10/2019 at 3:17 PM, fonemanbob said:

AT&T has a $10.00 a day plan when you are in a foreign country.  We are going to New England and Canada Thursday and signed up for that plan.  We are grandfathered under their old plan. Their   newer plans cover Mexico and Canada.  

I wish we had cheaper plans in Canada 😥

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16 minutes ago, Constantino said:

imessage on iphones does.  if you have an iphone, the recipient must also have an iphone or you'll be texting into the great blue yonder and they will not receive anything (and I dont believe you'll even know)

Android does not offer this functionality in its native messaging app. though as mentioned, there are various platform agnostic solutions to fill this role.

We are all android in this house. 😁

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58 minutes ago, Constantino said:

Android does not offer this functionality in its native messaging app. though as mentioned, there are various platform agnostic solutions to fill this role.

While in London my phone was in WiFi only mode and had no issues sending texts via the native app. I don't recall if the few texts received/sent were iPhone to Android or just Android to Android unfortunately. For reference I have a Pixel 2XL with Stock Android 9.

Here is the messages app that comes with stock Android. Thinking back, not sure anyone was iPhone. Would be a fun and simple test.

Android Messages app: Android Messages on Play Store

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Chat features (RCS)
On supported carriers, you can send and receive messages over Wi-Fi or your data network, see when friends are typing or when they have read your message, share images and videos in high quality, and more.
Messages is supported on devices running Android™ 5.0 Lollipop and above.

 

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1 hour ago, Yo2slick said:

Wifi and wifi calling are different.  We enabled WiFi and just used the apps.  No danger of the phone coming out of airplane mode or any hidden charges.  I dont believe regular texting works over WiFi.

 Regular texting does not work on Wi-Fi with android phones. Im unsure when it comes to Apple, but believe its possible.

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Is there a way to call/text other passengers, on the same ship, WITHOUT buying a VOOM package? We like to totally unplug while on our cruises, but this is the first time cruising with a teenager!😃 We have Android phones. We will be on Independence of the seas on Nov.9, 2019!!!

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12 hours ago, Constantino said:

imessage on iphones does.  if you have an iphone, the recipient must also have an iphone or you'll be texting into the great blue yonder and they will not receive anything (and I dont believe you'll even know)

Android does not offer this functionality in its native messaging app. though as mentioned, there are various platform agnostic solutions to fill this role.

 

I’ve texted people who have android phones from my iPhone’s regular messages app while connected to the ship’s Voom WiFi while in airplane mode and they responded to me over and over ..... so they apparently received my messages.  Also, I’ve received phone calls and made phone calls to people with both android and iPhones from my iPhone while on the ships Voom WiFi in airplane mode with “WiFi calling” activated on my phone ........ I always keep WiFi calling turned on, even when I’m at home 

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3 hours ago, TracieT. said:

Is there a way to call/text other passengers, on the same ship, WITHOUT buying a VOOM package? We like to totally unplug while on our cruises, but this is the first time cruising with a teenager!😃 We have Android phones. We will be on Independence of the seas on Nov.9, 2019!!!

 

No, there’s currently no chat option in the Royal app ...... I’ve heard it’s in beta on one or 2 ships, but it’s never been on any of the ships I’ve been on.

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12 hours ago, Yo2slick said:

Wifi and wifi calling are different.  We enabled WiFi and just used the apps.  No danger of the phone coming out of airplane mode or any hidden charges.  I dont believe regular texting works over WiFi.

You can use apps like WhatApp to send text messages,voice or video calls.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.whatsapp

 

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