Do I need a smartphone to use GroupMe? Steve Spillman May 17, 2017 11:52 Follow No, you don't need a smartphone. As long as your phone can send and receive text messages, you can use GroupMe. Using GroupMe over SMS is currently supported within the United States only. Helpful SMS topics: How do I start a new group from a feature phone? GroupMe SMS commands 0 Comments Article is closed for comments.