Well, from today, I discovered that I cannot use the old skype-, where the SMS sending actually worked (that was apparently announced on End of Life of Skype for Linux 4.3); the Skype docs still refer to this old version:


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Now Skype is only 64-bit, and has a deb repo: https://repo.skype.com/deb/pool/main/s/skypeforlinux/

... and it is now some Electron/Chromium application, and of course, there's no SMS - what I was otherwise paying for - anywhere:


On the left you don't have a contact list anymore, but "conversation" list, and if I do raise the contact list and right-click a contact, there's no "Send SMS" anywhere; on the chat box there's only "Open Moji picker" and "Add media or files", again no "Send SMS".

(Btw, they've done the same on Skype for Android - no SMS there either)

So, I thought, maybe I can use Skype for Web, but:

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... "we're a bit overloaded".

So, how can I send SMS now?

  • 1
    Please edit your question to be on topic, and not a rant about Microsoft and their product, for which this site is not a support forum. Software and service recommendations are off topic here.
    – dobey
    Nov 8 '17 at 14:03
  • @dobey - I edited it, hopefully its better now.
    – sdaau
    Nov 8 '17 at 14:11
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    "If the question starts with 'why', the answer is most likely 'money.'" Slight paraphrase of a quote from SF author Robert A. Heinlein.
    – Zeiss Ikon
    Nov 8 '17 at 14:15
  • The "question" is still too ranty and off topic.
    – dobey
    Nov 8 '17 at 14:16
  • Thanks @dobey - edited again, is it better now?
    – sdaau
    Nov 8 '17 at 14:18

Well, I guess the answer is - if you want to send SMS, do NOT use Skype for Linux (or Android); if you're lucky enough to get on Skype for Web, there is a possibility there:

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There is the little "Via Skype" button there, if you click it, you have the option of "Send SMS".

  • I've just had a look at my "upgraded" Skype / Ubuntu application, or Web Application thing. You're right, no sms. However...... if you log into Outlook [which you'll have access to as you have a Skype account [outlook.com]] you can access Skype there, and there IS a "send sms", just as there is in the image above from SDAAU. Hope this helps.
    – Piloti
    Nov 8 '17 at 16:04

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