I just updated Hangouts, which was preloaded as Google Talk originally on my S3 and it works perfectly, particularly with the group text function. Now I just have to see how it works with texts containing over 150 characters.
Thanks for the tip but i was looking for an app that didn't need to be installed on everyone elses phone. Turns out the people i needed to group text with all have viber, so i'm using that for now. Kinda shocking that Sprint and Samsung can't come up with a solution for this. Anyway...thanks for your help
I've had the same issue as fungini with handcent. All iPhone users come in with the group thread, other androids come in as individual threads. I also have an issue where, if I open the message in the group thread and respond right away, it goes to the individual only instead of to everyone. So essentially, you have to open the message, back out, and go back into it to get the response to go to all. Very frustrating that Sprint is so far behind the curve with this whole process.
Use Hangouts.... Hangouts can handle your messages by default and if you keep have recently updated the App it should have informed you that you can use SMS and MMS through Google Hangouts now... it works by default and has a clean look to it. Emoticons are also available by default. no extra installs required.
Tried everything techman said to do and it still doesn't work correctly. Sending the geoup text works fine but when receiving texts back, iphone users texts show up in the group thread but other galaxy s3 and s4 users show up in a seperate thread. Real frustrated about this.
install Handecent - install handcent sms - install handcent emoji plugin - install handcent GroupSMS Plugin 10 and 9
Remove your stock app from your launchers and replace with Handcent so you dont use the stock by accident but do not uninstall it.
Open Handcent and go to settings - application settings
Default Message Application - ALL
MMS Settings - Smart
Smiley setting - system default
emoji encoding setting - Iphone/softbank
emoji message protocol - Always with mms
thread group conversation - on (blue)
Now go to send message settings
send as split thread - off (send as one thread when sending group sms
Auto convert to MMS - on automatically convert to MMS when length exceeds 3 messages
max mms size - 1.2
auto convert - on (blue)
those are the most important. Everything else just customize to your liking.
I attempted to set up Handcent but either have done something wrong or the group texting and group reply all features are not working. Can you please provide how you were able to configure this?
To Sprint Social Care: Are there any updates as to when the stock message will be able to support this feature?
Handcent will do the trick if you set it up correctly and make it the default messaging application and turn on thread group conversations. Trust me it works like a charm and the features are alot better than the stock app, plus the cool emojis. After using this for only three days i would never return to the stock without it having all the handcent features. Yes, there is no reply to all button because by default it replies to all in the thread. Note that if you reply in the popup it only goes to the person whose name that appears in the pop up, so either turn off pop ups or when you receive a message and the pop up appears close it and reply back in the thread and everyone will see it. Forget about your stock, it took me a month to figure this out and i was thinking about switching to verizon just for it. No need now. Works on galaxy note 2 as well, tested with friends messaging iphone users and they all receive and reply back properly. Close the case!!!!
I don't see why the option doesn't exist. It can't be that the network doesn't support it. My EVO Shift had a "Reply to all" function, and Sprint iPhones can reply to group texts all the time. One would presume that the Galaxy S III would support it. How difficult is it to update the phone's software to accommodate it?
Like someone mentioned before--and you noted as well--I don't want to use a third party client for something that can be easily integrated into the phone's system software.
I have tried handcent and plenty of other 3rd party apps but still no "reply all" function. It seems like Sprint is the only carrier that does not have this option. One sibling has ATT and another has T-Mobile and they both have the ability to "reply all." What is the deal with Sprint and being so far behind their competitors?!?