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Acekiller
Deputy Mayor / Adjoint au Maire
I used to be able to get a copy of sms I received from my email when I was worth FIDO. It was part of the Extreme messaging service. It may sound redundant but it is actually quite useful for me as I work in Ann area where there is no cell coverage, only internet access. It would also come in handy when you are overseas with no roaming package. Note this is different from the phone function of sending an email when you receive a sms. The phone function requires it to be receive the sms in the first place, which is not useful for me.
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will13am
Oracle
Oracle

This is likely to be looked at as a premium service.  I would not hold my breathe on this one.

WearySky
Deputy Mayor / Adjoint au Maire

I gotta agree with @will13am on this one.  I think the odds of getting this feature are in the "slim to none" category.  

srlawren
Retired Oracle / Oracle Retraité

@Acekiller unfortunately this sounds like a "frill" that is unlikely at this "no frills" provider any time soon.  If you've got WiFi access that works nicely when you have spotty mobile coverage, why not migrate your chats away from SMS onto something data-based that works over WiFi?  There's a ton of options including WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, BBM, Viber, Skype, Kik, Allo (I know, nobody uses it), Hangouts, Line, and probably dozens more.  [Also iMessage if you're on an iOS device and your chatting partners are as well.]  Chances are pretty good that the folks you SMS with probably have at least one and possibly multiple of those apps available, or are open to installing one to chat with you.  Or if it's colleagues you chat with maybe even Slack or Skype for Businessness or Microsoft Teams or Hangouts Meet?

Acekiller
Deputy Mayor / Adjoint au Maire

@srlawren those points are certainly valid if there is wifi, but I work in an environment where there is only land internet, one that is heavily firewalled.  For internal there is always work email or phone, but it is connecting the outside world when it is a bit of an issue.  One can always argue that they can email me or phone me, but that's getting besides the point.  While the idea is certainly not a necessity by any means, but I can't imagine it being too much over the top, or costing too much to implement?

srlawren
Retired Oracle / Oracle Retraité

@Acekiller fair enough.  I assumed your internet access you referred to was probably on your phone over WiFi.  Some of these apps also allow you to chat over the web.  Are you able to, for example, access hangouts.google.com on your work PC and sign in with your Google account?  If so, you can pretty seamlessly chat there and I believe it will sync the messages to Hangouts on your phone later when you have coverage and so on.  WhatsApp has a web interface too but it has to connect back to your phone so it doesn't help in your scenario.  Certainly Skype has a PC client but you may or may not be allowed to run it.  Facebook Messenger you can chat on through a web browser but again it may be locked down in your environment.  So, my workaround idea may not be viable in your situation, sadly.

srlawren
Retired Oracle / Oracle Retraité

@Acekiller This might help for the workaround I proposed 🙂  https://xkcd.com/1810/