Perhaps I'm being a bit naive, but I don't see why this app couldn't use your existing gmail account to work? From what I can tell, the process works like this -
You receive an SMS, so the app contacts the server and the server sends you an email in the format of
, i.e. the phone number @domain.com
To reply, you just reply to the message. The server must see who the reply came from and inform the app to dispatch an SMS to the number at the beginning.
So, theoretically, I don't see why your existing gmail couldn't do this, thanks to the way that gmail handles the "+" character. Let's say my email is [email protected]
(it isn't, btw), why can't an email be dispatched to [email protected]
? Replies would work in exactly the same way, all the app has to do is check your gmail for emails from yourself with a number in the address. If the address is the hard part, it could potentially even do it by subject.
Like I said, perhaps I'm just naive as to what's possible, but in my mind I don't see why this wouldn't work.
I love the app and find it incredibly useful, but I don't think I could pay a subscription for it.