Send and receive standard SMS messages with your iPod touch to any kind of mobile phone, from anywhere with a WiFi connection. iPhones can also use 3G. This app requires an account with a 2-way SMS gateway, see below.
The recipient does not need a smartphone or any kind of software, and there is no need to know the name of their carrier.
You receive SMS replies direct to the app, and you can also choose to have copies sent direct to your phone if you have one, or via email.
How it works.
Enter the recipient’s phone number or select it from your Contact List. Type your message and press ‘Send’. It can’t get easier than that!
The receiver gets a normal SMS message, with a telephone number to reply. When she replies, the message is stored on the gateway server and can be downloaded, read and responded to with SMS Magic.
SMS Magic automatically checks for new messages every 15 minutes, or manually at any time. If you set up a push email account you can get new message notifications even if your device is sleeping.
SMS Magic can provide a delivery status report for any message that you have sent.
You can manage the Sent Messages list as a ‘Favourite Numbers’ or ‘Message Template’ feature if you wish.
SMS Magic can send SMS in any language supported by your device.
Supported SMS Gateways
At this time, the only available gateway is textmagic.com, which supports over 700 carriers in 200 different countries. See the app website for important setup information.
A Text Magic account has no fees, you pay only for credits which do not expire. You can also get free credits to try out the service, and some countries have free reply numbers, which can greatly reduce the cost of messaging between friends or family.
iOS 5 update – fixes bug with International keyboards not working in some text fields.
© John Holman 2010