[click to view image]Text messaging has become the predominant means of communication for many mobile users. Staying in touch is important, whether or not a handset is close by.
Verizon Wireless may have a solution for its mobile users in a new update to its Verizon Messages service. The update will connect multiple devices, allowing messages sent to a mobile number to instantly appear on devices that include PCs, Android smartphones and tablets, and iOS smartphones and tablets.
The new system ensures that users will not miss out on important text messages. It will allow users to store messages for up to 90 days on Verizon's cloud unless mssages are deleted by the user. Users will also be able to store important messages on an SD card.
How to Use the Service
Users will be able to virtualize the customers messaging client in either an Android tablet or iPad app or within a web browser. On the PC, users can activate the service in the My Messaging tab once logged into the Verizon customer portal. As long as the portal remains open messages will continue to pop up (although IE does not support pop-up notifications).
Downloading the corresponding applications (iOS or Android) will allow the service to work on tablets. The service will work similarly to other messaging apps, producing push notifications whenever a new SMS or MMS is received.
No Phone Client Necessary
Verizon's new service is different from other apps, however, in that it is not intercepting messages as they reach the phone. Instead, the messages are coming directly from Verizon's SMS infrastructure; this means that no phone client is required. Users can utilize the service with any mobile device. The server works even if the device is turned off or disconnected.