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Send SMS from Address Book Apps
Click the BlueTooth button in the toolbar of AddressBook to connect to your cell phone, then control- (or right-) click on a mobile phone number to access the SMS messaging dialog. You can SMS anybody with a mobile phone right from your mac.

Also, while you're connected to your BlueTooth phone, any message that comes to your phone appears on your desktop. Miss a call? A message pops up on your screen!

[robg adds: If you don't have a Bluetooth phone, you can still send SMS via iChat, as described in this hint.]
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10.3: Send SMS from Panther AddressBook
Authored by: buserror on Oct 31, '03 10:52:36AM

That worked in 10.2 already. I've been using that for over a year!



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Send SMS from Panther OR JAGUAR AddressBook
Authored by: JoeGrind on Oct 31, '03 11:21:34AM

This works fine in Jaguar as well. I used it quite often before upgrading to Panther.



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Send SMS from Panther OR JAGUAR AddressBook
Authored by: robg on Oct 31, '03 11:47:20AM

I just changed the hint, thanks! Not having a Bluetooth phone, I wasn't able to test it under Jag or Panther :).

-rob.



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Send SMS from Panther OR JAGUAR AddressBook
Authored by: sunnychotai on Feb 17, '04 06:49:10AM

HELP - I have just bought powerbook 15" and have T630 phone.


I have connected the two via bluetooth. When the phone rings a message is displayed on screen but can't answer or reject the call -

Also I can write an SMS and click send but it doesn't send - do I need to tweak any settings?

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who are you when you are who you are?



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Send SMS from Address Book
Authored by: thompsb on Oct 31, '03 02:57:37PM

Also, there's no need for the control-click (or right mouse button). The left (or only) button defaults to various action for numbers and address items (like changing the address format to a different country)



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Send SMS from Address Book
Authored by: pianojoe on Nov 01, '03 11:47:16PM

It's a nice feature indeed. However, with my T68i, it wrecks many non-English characters like German umlauts. Anybody know a workaround?



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Send SMS from Address Book
Authored by: encro on Nov 02, '03 01:37:51PM

It disappoints me that Address Book is inable to log outgoing SMS's like it can with incoming, and no support for long SMS's either!



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Send SMS from Address Book
Authored by: finner on Jan 15, '04 02:56:54AM

The ability to SMS only appears when one has connected one's phone and I suspect I'm getting charged $.10 a SMS. Why doesn't address book sms through the web (it's free)?

thanks
finner



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Where is Bluetooth toolbar
Authored by: macubergeek on Nov 20, '03 07:30:44PM

I've pulled down every menu in addressbook and clicked on everything in the app. Where is this bluetooth thingie?



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Where is Bluetooth toolbar
Authored by: trevbuck on Jan 15, '04 03:56:30AM

this bluetooth thingy only appears when you have paired your bluetooth phone with your computer . It is a button up the top of address book next to "view card only".



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Send SMS from Address Book
Authored by: philberesford on Nov 25, '03 12:25:14AM

Didn't work for me.

OSX 10.2.8
D-Link BT120
Sony Ericsson P800

Am doing something wrong? Can anyone else with this set up please verify?



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Send SMS from Address Book
Authored by: sos100 on Jan 13, '04 08:11:46AM

Hmmm. Didn't work for me either:

- Sony Ericsson P800
- 12.1" PB with integrated Bluetooth

I can iSync etc over BT to the phone - but the SMS entry is greyed out whenever I click on a mobile number in Address Book

Any ideas welcome.



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Send SMS from Address Book
Authored by: robm on Jan 15, '04 01:19:39PM
First activate Bluetooth reception on your phone, and then click the button in Address Book. If you don't see that, make a roundtrip to SysPrefs, to activate Bluetooth

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Send SMS from Address Book
Authored by: aajohn on Feb 09, '04 09:59:56AM

Still doesn't work with my P800. I think it's the phone as it does work with a T610.



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Send SMS from Address Book
Authored by: RickoKid on Feb 16, '04 04:54:34PM

When you paired your phone did you select the "Use with Address Book" option (that's what it's called on 10.3 anyway)?



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Without Bluetooth Solution: Send SMS from Address Book
Authored by: nshockey on Feb 16, '04 10:53:25AM
Here is a solution to send an SMS message to anyone's cell phone without using Bluetooth.
I created the following AppleScript and added it to the /Library/Address Book Plug-Ins/ folder of my Hard Drive.
After placing the script in the above folder, I launched "Address Book"
and now can send a SMS message (via the iChat SMS tip) to anyone by
clicking beside their cell phone number.

*Note: This requires OS 10.3 and that UI Scripting be activated via the
"Universal Access" pane of System Preferences. See Apple's page on how to
activate this:more detail



using terms from application "Address Book"
	
	on action property
		return "phone"
	end action property
	
	on action title for p with e
		return "Send SMS to " & name of p & "'s Cell Phone"
	end action title
	
	on should enable action for p with e
		if value of e is missing value then
			return false
		else
			return true
		end if
	end should enable action
	
	on perform action for p with e
		set thePhone to value of e
		
		--strip characters: - ( )  and spaces from the phone number
		set the message_text to thePhone
		set the message_text to replace_chars(message_text, " ", "")
		set the message_text to replace_chars(message_text, "(", "")
		set the message_text to replace_chars(message_text, ")", "")
		set the message_text to replace_chars(message_text, "-", "")
		set thePhone to the message_text
		
		--Make sure there is an area code
		if (the count of the characters of thePhone) < 10 then
			display dialog "This will fail if you do not have an area code for the cell phone.  You can manual add the area code after the '+1' and before the phone number (xxx-xxxx) in iChat. Click 'OK' to continue or 'Cancel' to quit this process."
		end if
		
		try
			tell application "iChat" to activate
			tell application "System Events"
				tell application process "iChat"
					tell menu item 2 of menu 3 of menu bar 1 to click
					keystroke "+1" & thePhone --format iChat needs to send SMS to cell phone
				end tell
			end tell
		end try
	end perform action
	
end using terms from

on replace_chars(this_text, search_string, replacement_string)
	set AppleScript's text item delimiters to the search_string
	set the item_list to every text item of this_text
	set AppleScript's text item delimiters to the replacement_string
	set this_text to the item_list as string
	set AppleScript's text item delimiters to ""
	return this_text
end replace_chars


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