I’ve always loved the way text messaging worked on the iPhone, and that love was increased with the advent of the jailbreak app BiteSMS. That app added just enough customization to the mix to make SMS messaging a truly enjoyable experience on the iPhone.

Of course, there are also plenty of tweaks available for SMS messaging as well, some better than others. MarkThatMessage is one such tweak that falls into the others category. Is it really necessary to know the exact time that I sent every single SMS message?

That’s not to say that MarkThatMessage is a bad tweak in itself, because it’s not, it does indeed work as advertised. The problem with this tweak is that it clutters your SMS inbox, and throws off the minimalism that makes stock iPhone apps so nice to begin with.

MarkThatMessage is a textbook example of what information overload is. Let’s be honest, no one really needs to know every single time a text message was sent, although I’m sure the FBI wouldn’t mind the world doing so. The point is, this tweak puts too much info on you screen at once.

After installing this tweak I came to appreciate Apple’s method for time stamping messages all the more. And if I do happen to need to know the exact time a specific SMS was sent and received, BiteSMS has that functionality built in. All you do is tap and hold on a specific message, and the timestamp fades into view. This is the preferred method for implementing such functionality.

At $0.99, MarkThatMessage won’t cost you much, but at this point that money would be better off helping with the purchase of an $8.99 BiteSMS license. Not only will you get timestamp functionality, you’ll reap quite a few additional features that makes SMS messaging a much more pleasant affair.

Whatever route you decide to go, remember that both MarkThatMessage and BiteSMS are only available on the Cydia store. That means that your iPhone must be jailbroken.

What do you think about Apple’s stock SMS time stamping capabilities? Is MarkThatMessage something you’ve been longing for? Let us know in the comments.

  • Burge

    I’ll stick with bitesms way of doing it ..thanks but no thanks…

  • WOW!

    WOw, I own bitesms for about 2 weeks, and I’m loving it. Did NOT know that it had that function. I will def. be uninstalling this tweak now. Still good if you don’t have BiteSMS tho!

    • Yeah, I think Bite surprises me every so often with some cool feature that I had no idea about. Love that app.

  • Michael

    Well I find this app to be very handy I may be odd I don’t know but I like to know when I sent things

  • Kev

    I have ireal sms so already spent a wedge on an sms app. Don’t think it has this function so it’s good for me. I find it useful.

  • JB buddy

    I like this tweak and use bite. I like to know certain times and dates. Bite has it, but I don’t want to hold and look, and so on.

  • Kaden

    [QUOTE]Is MarkThatMessage something you’ve been longing for? [/QUOTE]

    YES, YES, YES. A thousand times yes!

    I realize I’m very late to the party. I found this post as a result of my endless searching that I perform every few months to see when Apple has finally decided to give us this BASIC functionality that is included in EVERY other cell phone I have ever seen.

    Am I really the only one that gets messages like “Be there in 30 minutes” or similar but you didn’t hear the phone go off when the message was received so you have NO idea what to expect? I highly doubt it.

    As for BiteSMS and MarkThatMessage, both will do what I want except for 2 things:
    1. They both require jailbreaking. Something I refuse to do because the iPhone has to be replaced every 8 months or so because Apple keeps rushing out inferior products instead of making the current one stable. (Don’t get me wrong I love the iPhone, I just wish the darn thing wouldn’t turn possum on you every few months for no apparent reason.)
    2. I refuse to pay money for something so basic that it should be included in the iOS itself for free. The iPhone ALREADY timestamps every SMS, it just refuses to let you see the timestamp. What the hell is that about?!

    Just give me the basic ability to see what every other phone on the market allows you to see. I really don’t think I’m asking too much here.