Receive texts from banks, E-mail, and other Internet sources

Blog Post created by carlh on Jun 28, 2013

Breaking News September 2015!


If you have any phone other than the Defy XT, starting with Republic Wireless app version 2.0.6, you may not need the workaround explained below.  E-mails can be addressed to your phone and received as a text.  Here's how to enable the feature:


  1. Start the Republic app.
  2. Tap the settings-icon.png at the top right.
  3. Tap Advanced settings
  4. Swipe up and place a checkmark in Allow SMS messages from email.


Your phone's address for texts is <RepublicPhoneNumber>  The body of the E-mail is the content of the text message; the subject line is not passed along.  It is not possible to reply to these texts from the phone.


If a website requests your carrier name when signing up for text alerts, that company is most likely using E-mail to deliver the text.  If they don't list Republic Wireless as a carrier, please contact them and ask that Republic be added, and give them the information about the E-mail domain.


If you're trying to set up automatic texts to your Republic phone number, and it's not working, phones with cell service have a second phone number that may be able to receive the texts.  See How to find your phone's Sprint number and stop unwanted calls or texts to that number to get this number.


Now that you have the Sprint number, you can use it for automated texts sent by banks or other institutions.  For sending texts to your phone via E-mail, send to <phonenumber> Don't give out the Sprint number to others to use for voice calls, and don't give it out for texts unless you accept the following:


  • Using the Sprint number for this purpose is completely unsupported by Republic, and may or may not work for your purpose.  If there is a problem getting texts on this number, Republic is not under any obligation to fix it.
  • The Sprint number is lost when you switch to the $5 Wi-Fi only plan, and a different number will be assigned when you switch back to a cell service plan.  The number may also change due to phone upgrades or when troubleshooting problems with Republic's tech support.  So consider whether the texts you expect are personal or private in nature, because your Sprint number might be assigned to another phone at any time.
  • Texts can only be received on this number when you have cell service.  If you lose cell service for a short time (due to Airplane mode or loss of signal), texts will be received when you regain it.
  • If you reply to an incoming text, your reply will be from your Republic number, not the Sprint number.
  • Because of previous point, if you must send a reply to an automated text to stop them, you won't be able to do it.