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Use a widget to replace the lost SMS functionality in 10.5 Apps
If like me, you've been tearing your hair out over the loss of Address Book's SMS functionality in 10.5, the free emitSMS widget might help the pain go away (I have no affiliation with the product).

Unlike iChat's new SMS functionality, it will work for non-AOL or .Mac subscribers, and claims to work with most major phone brands (my SE T610i works). It fetches numbers from Address Book (only the "mobile" field), and even adds a couple of tricks: long messaging and confirmations, although there's no pop-up incoming SMS notifications like those of old.

Still, considering the cost of most Bluetooth phone suites, this is a worthy workaround for Apple's inexplicable axing of this feature. Real SMS obsessives can even stick it permanently on their desktop to save Dashboard lag.

[robg adds: It appears the widget works in 10.4 too, which is why this hint isn't labeled as 10.5 only.]
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Use a widget to replace the lost SMS functionality in 10.5
Authored by: Chewieez on Jan 09, '08 08:04:54AM
I just use the free widget from txtdrop.com No need to use your phone and it doesn't cost you a text message if you have a limited amount in your cellular plan.

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Use a widget to replace the lost SMS functionality in 10.5
Authored by: corienti on Jan 09, '08 11:59:46AM
Errr... this only works in the US (and Canada apparently). No offense, but I find it annoying how many people, on this same subject (sending SMS's without address book) just say "oh, just use widget, it sends SMS's for free!"... conveniently forgetting that a large percentage of people who read this site don't live in the US.

I've lived in Australia and the UK, and these "send free SMS" widgets are useless in either place. But I continue to see posts about how such-and-such widget "just works", when, actually, it doesn't work at all for most of the world.

As a sidenote, unlike the US, there are no charges to receive SMSs in Australia or the UK. To us that concept is utterly crazy and noone here would stand for it.

I use emitSMS, after Apple dropped the functionality in Leopard, and it's great.

I think it would be much more considerate of people if, when they were recommending a widget that sends SMS's via a website, they would just add the "if you live in the states" caveat so as not to waste the time of the people who live in the rest of the world.



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Address Book context menu plugin instead
Authored by: rickybuchanan on Jan 11, '08 04:18:42AM
For Australians, if you don't mind paying you can use the MessageNet service as an email-SMS gateway for $25 cents per message sent, if I remember rightly. I have a context menu plugin for using it that could easily be adapted for any other email-sms gateway provider by changing the code a fraction - posted it on here a few weeks back. I'll get around to packaging it up and releasing it properly one day but not done yet. Just yell if you want instructions :) r

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Use a widget to replace the lost SMS functionality in 10.5
Authored by: BobVB on Jan 09, '08 09:36:42AM

Why it disappeared is a no-brainer - it was embarrassing for the Geniuses™ at the Genius Bar to explain to iPhones owners they couldn't use this feature.

Why pay to fix a product design missing feature when you can just make the entire embarrassing question go away?:)



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Use a widget to replace the lost SMS functionality in 10.5
Authored by: hamarkus on Jan 09, '08 10:24:08AM
I use http://www.traud.de/gsm/remote/ for SMS with my RAZR. It's not free but at $10 hardly expensive.

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Use a widget to replace the lost SMS functionality in 10.5
Authored by: drtofu on Jan 09, '08 10:53:55AM

You can also use iChat's new "Buddies > Send SMS..." function to chat via SMS using AOL's SMS-AIM gateway. You can also right-click on iChat buddies to bring up a similar menu. un/fortunately, replies come back to iChat, not your phone, but on the plus side, you don't foot the messaging fees.

Unfortunately, you can't right-click a contact in the address book and do the same. Perhaps someone can write a contextual menu plugin for that.



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Use a widget to replace the lost SMS functionality in 10.5
Authored by: rickybuchanan on Jan 11, '08 01:06:48AM

Note: This only works if the sender and recipient of the message are BOTH in the USA.

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Use a widget to replace the lost SMS functionality in 10.5
Authored by: lampie on Jan 09, '08 01:36:52PM

Thank you so much. This widget is even better than the old sms thing in 10.4. You even get a receive confirmation.

Lampie



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Use a widget to replace the lost SMS functionality in 10.5
Authored by: thoughton on Jan 10, '08 05:40:51AM

Hear hear!

I also cannot remember a single SMS widget being mentioned on this site that works for non-US users, and I've tried all of the hints I've seen.

The only 'free' SMS widget for European users I have been able to discover is CallWave's one, HOWEVER they are quite sneaky and in the UK at least will charge the recipient a 50p premium rate fee.



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Use a widget to replace the lost SMS functionality in 10.5
Authored by: teacy123 on Jan 11, '08 10:22:36AM

Skype has reasonably priced plans for SMS functionality and Skype 2.6 for Mac ties in with the address book. It gives your mobile numbers in the address book a context menu entry to use Skype to send an SMS.



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Use a widget to replace the lost SMS... how about the iPhone?
Authored by: trevbucky on Feb 23, '08 09:34:47PM

I just realised that 10.5 cant do this basic sms function from the address book. I hope Apple bring this feature back cause I havent & probably wont upgrade to Leopard until they do as I find it so much easier & quicker to just dash off an sms with the keyboard on my mac, I use it all the time.

What I am wondering is what to do if you have an iPhone( not yet) and you want to send an sms using your macs keyboard. I asked the author of the emitsms widget & he said :

"The iPhone unfortunately does not support the protokol my widget uses for sending sms. If the iPhone ever gets the ability to act as a bluetooth modem for a computer, it will probably also implement the protocol I need, as these things often go together."

so this puts me off getting an iPhone at this stage as well...
BTW I too am in Australia so none of these free sms services work either.



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