Does ICQ Only SMS To Those 5 Countries ?

Tres Finocchiaro tres.finocchiaro at
Tue Dec 3 21:49:00 EST 2013

There is an unofficial plugin that allows SMS in Pidgin via Google's
services.  Note, Google intentionally restricts this feature to official
Google clients, the author of this plugin circumvents that and I'm not sure
of the repercussions:

In regards to all SMS everywhere, a Google search returns some services
(some free, some at a premium) that offer global SMS.  If you find one that
accepts XMPP or offers a Pidgin compatible plugin, please share.


- Tres.Finocchiaro at

On Tue, Dec 3, 2013 at 9:41 PM, Jay F Shachter <jay at> wrote:

> Centuries ago, Nostradamus predicted that Tres Finocchiaro would write on
> Tue Dec  3 20:20:22 2013:
> >
> > The ICQ has this in the cached google results:
> >
> >> Use ICQ to send free SMS messages. Australia, Canada, Israel, Singapore
> and
> >> Taiwan coverage
> >
> >
> >
> > -Tres
> >
> >
> > - Tres.Finocchiaro at
> >
> That might explain my problem.  Does ICQ send SMS messages only to
> Australia, Canada, Israel, Singapore and Taiwan?  I have been trying
> to use my ICQ account to send text messages to cellphones in the
> United States and France.  In particular, I was looking for a way to
> send text messages to France, since I can already use
> to send text messages to cellphones in the United States (although,
> parenthetically, I don't know how to do so from pidgin or empathy, but
> nor did I investigate the question).  Does ICQ simply not support
> texting in France, or the United States?  That would explain my
> inability to do so (although, again parenthetically, pidgin and
> empathy should have known enough to describe my French contact as
> "offline" since a cellphone number beginning with +33 is clearly not
> in Australia, Canada, Israel, Singapore, or Taiwan, although it was
> less obvious that the cellphone numbers beginning with +1 were not in
> Canada).
> If not thru ICQ, is there any other way to send text messages to
> cellphones in France?  Thank you in advance for any and all replies.
>                         Jay F. Shachter
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