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Hi, I'm looking for a device that uses a SIM card, can exchange SMS messages, but can't make or receive voice calls. I would also accept one that can receive SMS messages but can't send them. A Peek Pronto is close to what I'm looking for but I want to see other options, particularly devices that still work and can be bought through the web.

Do you know about any with those specifications?

Thanks in advance.
Edited by GerardoG - 10/21/15 at 6:37pm
post #2 of 12
I'm not entirely sure what it is that you are after exactly, but Particle (formerly Spark, they changed the name back in May) has an Arduino-like device with 2G or 3G capability for receiving text messages as commands. I would imagine on top of being able to text commands in, you can probably get it to connect to an LCD screen to output plain text. I'm fairly certain it can be programmed to send out information to their servers, but I don't know if it actually sends text or if you need to log in to their (or your) server to get the information. Apparently they have the infrastructure to support the devices themselves and it's something like $3 a month last time I dug through their site.

That may be way more obscure and complicated than what you are looking for. Their electron is a new device and probably will be around for a while, so it may be worth a look.
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Thanks Kleer Kut.

Yeah, I'm looking for ready to use mobile devices and just the device, with no plans.


Any other ideas Kleer Kut and other fellow members smile.gif?
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You can get an android phone then after rooting could disable calls on it ?

I'm sure there must be a better system to use than modifying a phone though.
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I've seen this very many times before where someone wants a very specific question answered but they never get anywhere with it because they don't thoroughly explain what it is they are actually trying to do. On rare occasion people are working on some sort of patentable idea, but more often than not it genuinely isn't the case. The more details you give, the more precise answers you will get.

Maybe companies out there still make pagers that do exactly what you are looking for. Besides that, I don't see why a cannibalized phone wouldn't work, but I have no idea what you are trying to do.
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Thanks Kleer Kut.

Yeah, I'm looking for ready to use mobile devices and just the device, with no plans.


Any other ideas Kleer Kut and other fellow members smile.gif?

You cant receive text messages without a plan because you need an actual number and to have the texts routed through the cell networks properly. Cant have that without having a plan of some sort.
Your best bet would be to buy an Android phone that you can root and then disable permissions for the phone itself so no calls can come in or out. I dont know of a way to block sending out texts while being able to receive them though.
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Thank you guys.

Kleer Kut, I'm really not trying to be secretive or anything about this. I'm looking for a device like that in order to use it for myself. I currently don't use any kind of cell phone but my girl has a point when she says that I have to be reachable someway in case of an emergency. She uses a cell phone so it would be perfect if she could contact me through it and I could receive the messages. That's pretty much it.

It would be awesome to have a pager that did that. I found one that claims including GSM/SMS technology but 267 US$ seems like to much. I do like how it looks.

Kaistledine and EniGma1987, thanks for the idea. I would prefer something that doesn't look just like a cell phone but maybe I'll just have to settle.

EnigMa1987, my idea is to use a prepaid SIM card instead of paying a monthly plan.
Edited by GerardoG - 10/22/15 at 12:24pm
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I didn't mean you were being secretive, just a lot easier to answer a question with all of your goals laid out. I don't know if this is specifically helpful, but I have used Yahoo messenger for SMS. I don't know if there are other programs out there that could be used on a tablet or smartphone using wifi perhaps. I haven't had any problems using it through a browser under Linux on my desktop. If you are usually near a wifi connection then perhaps repurposing an old phone, tablet, or netbook could work.

If you can use the prepaid SIM card in an old phone then that would probably be the most convenient route. It doesn't necessarily need to be a 'smart' phone if that is the look you are trying to avoid. I use my dumb phone almost exclusively for text messaging and have never owned a smart phone.
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Thanks Kleer Kut. I guess I prefer to carry older technology cause it doesn't seem that attractive to thiefs. Know what I mean? Since it's for emergencies Wi-Fi wouldn't be the best solution. I can't guarantee that I'll be in a hotspot when an emergency arrives. The reason why I don't want a cell phone per se, old or new, is so I don't feel obligated to share my number with friends and others when they see my phone or ask if I have one (I'm a really bad liar). I know, I'm weird but I so despice the whole idea of getting and making calls anywhere. I'm kinda like a hermit in that way. But if people saw the device and knew that it wasn't a cell phone then I could avoid the whole situation whistle.gif.

I really wish I could do something with a Peek Pronto. They're basically what I'm looking for but there doesn't seems to be any information on the web regarding it's unlocking code; I'm not even sure if unlocking it would be enough to make it's SMS feature work. They're cheap but if I buy one I might end up wasting money and end up with just garbage confusedsmiley.png.
post #10 of 12
What about a pager ... no joke

One way text like communication
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