AT&T Drops Lowest Cost SMS Plan, Goes Unlimited or Nothing

By Oliver Haslam on Aug 18, 2011

An interesting move is on the cards from U.S. carrier, AT&T, according to Engadget and a subsequent AT&T press release.

The blog claims that ‘multiple sources’ point to AT&T dropping its 1,000 message $10 bundle, which would leave just two options for new customers – stump up $20 for the still loving unlimited SMS plan, or pay per message…. Read More

 

Facebook Messenger Already Top Free App Store App, Watch Out iMessage?

By Oliver Haslam on Aug 11, 2011

When Facebook took the unusual step of launching a completely new app for its messaging service, many raised eyebrows. Why not just use the Facebook app? Facebook Messenger is just another way to get to your Facebook Inbox, isn’t it?

Now, just a day after its release, that same pointless app is sitting comfortably at the number one position of the App Store’s Top Free chart. Maybe it isn’t such a silly idea after all, and here’s why… Read More

 

How to Send iPhone SMS Messages Directly From Your Desktop Web Browser

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 2, 2011

Are you looking for a more convenient way to send and receive your iPhone SMS messages throughout the day?

If so, then WifiSMS might just be the jailbreak tweak that you’ve been looking for. Unlike apps like Google voice where you can send and receive texts from a totally new number and interface, WifiSMS is basically a replica of the iPhone’s SMS messaging system displayed on your desktop monitor.

As a result, you get an instantly familiar interface that’s a cinch to set up. Check inside for all of the details on this must try jailbreak tweak… Read More

 

Undelete SMS: Recover Your Deleted Text Messages

By Cody Lee on Jul 30, 2011

Have you every accidentally deleted a text message and thought, “Doh! I shouldn’t have done that?” In most cases if you delete an SMS on your iPhone, there’s no way to get it back.

So what do you do if that message contained important information? Well if you’re iPhone is jailbroken, there’s still hope. Undelete SMS is a utility that combs through your SMS database and Spotlight history to recover your deleted texts… Read More

 

JailbreakMe 3.0 Conflicting with BiteSMS

By Guest Author on Jul 8, 2011

A couple of days ago we reported that the iPad Camera Connection Kit stopped working after using JailbreakMe 3.0. It looks like another issue has reared its ugly head which looks to affect jailbroken devices on a wider scale.

Reports are surfacing that the popular jailbreak tweak BiteSMS is conflicting with JailbreakMe 3.0. Confirmed on the BiteSMS forums, that sending a text message through BiteSMS’ quick reply feature will crash your device and send it into an infinite boot loop. The only solution to remedy this as of writing is to restore your iDevice… Read More

 

How to Backup and Restore SMS Messages Using PKGBackup [Video Tutorial]

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 28, 2011

One of the most frustrating things that I’ve encountered with the iPhone, is doing backups and restores. Now admittedly, most people are okay with this, they just backup their iPhone with iTunes and restore with whenever necessary.

I like to take the backup and restore process a bit more seriously. For instance, I’ve actually created a starting point “stock” iTunes backup with all of my favorite apps, settings, mail accounts, etc.

Secondly, I have a separate backup for all of my jailbreak apps, tweaks, and settings. For this, I use PKGBackup.

I’ve found that the combination of the iTunes backup coupled with PKGBackup makes for a quick, and painless restore back to my favorite settings.

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SMSEnhancer Adds Photos and Timestamps to Messages App

By Cody Lee on Jun 26, 2011

The stock Messages app in iOS is so boring. Everything is the same color and font, and there’s no option for contact photos or custom avatars. Sure there are utilities in Cydia that allow you to skin the SMS app, but they tend to make your phone feel sluggish.

If you’ want to spruce up your Messages app, without dealing with Winterboard or themes, you may want to check out SMSEnhancer. This new jailbreak tweak adds contact photos and time stamps to your otherwise dull conversation screen… Read More

 

‘SMSHideKeyboard’ Gives You More Room to View Your SMS History

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 26, 2011

One of the new features in iOS 5 is the ability to hide your keyboard when viewing your SMS history in the iMessage app.

It didn’t take long, but there is now a jailbreak tweak available that mimics said functionality, and even allows you to hide the input box as well.

For longtime biteSMS users, this won’t be new to you, but if you’ve been hanging onto that old outdated Messages app, this is a must have tweak to add to your collection.

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Censor Your SMS Messages With ‘SMS Censor’

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 22, 2011

SMS Censor is a new jailbreak tweak that allows you to censor certain words when using your iPhone’s default Messages app.

Its purpose is to prevent messages from being sent altogether if it detects a censored string residing in the body of your text message.

I’m not exactly sure who would want to use this, or how it would be used, but I’d imagine it would be a scenario where a parent is censoring or monitoring their child’s text messaging habits.

Unfortunately, if the child is smart enough to jailbreak the device in the first place, they’re definitely smart enough to find one of the many ways to work around a restriction such as this… Read More

 

‘PrivateSMS’ Hides Your SMS Messages From Prying Eyes

By Jeff Benjamin on Jun 15, 2011

PrivateSMS is a new TweakWeek jailbreak tweak for the iPhone that sets out to hide your personal SMS messages from view.

The only issue is that if the person who’s trying to read your SMS messages really wants to read them, it’s not too hard to figure out how to do so.

PrivateSMS makes it so that it appears that you have no SMS messages in your inbox, but with just a couple of taps, all of your messages are instantly viewable.

This fact alone eliminates PrivateSMS from candidacy when it comes to genuinely securing your SMS messages, but it might be the first line of defense that you’ve been looking for… Read More

 

Apple Didn’t Tell Carriers About iMessage, Watch Out SMS?

By Alex Heath on Jun 8, 2011

Apple’s wireless carrier partners were apparently just as surprised as we were when Apple unveiled its new messaging client, iMessage, at yesterday’s WWDC keynote. Reportedly, Apple didn’t bother to give carriers a heads up that they were introducing a new, media-rich messaging client before the actual presentation to the public.

Wireless carriers are the ones that will actually be handling the transfer of messages/photos/videos in iMessage over 3G. Apple demonstrated its classic attitude by not even bothering to give carriers a heads up about iMessage. What Apple wants, Apple gets. Read More

 

New App Lets You Add a Signature to Your Text Messages

By Sébastien Page on Jun 1, 2011

SMS Signature is a new application available for jailbroken iPhones that will allow you to, as you probably figured out, add a custom signature to text messages sent from your iPhone.

After downloading the application from Cydia, you can use the Settings app to configure SMS Signature. From there, you can create and activate a custom text signature. From now on, every time you send a text message, the signature will automatically be appended to it… Read More

 

iQuickCall Allows You to Quickly Call, Text, or E-Mail with Activator

By Alex Heath on Apr 7, 2011

iQuickCall is a jailbreak tweak that allows you quick access to the number you call everyday. Using the gesture options built into Activator, iQuickCall gives you several methods for quickly prompting the option to call/text/e-mail someone from anywhere on your screen.

There are apps in the App Store that try to solve the issue of quick contact reference in iOS, but iQuickCall uses the system access benefits that jailbreaking provides for a more integrated approach… Read More

 

AutoResponder Will Automatically Respond to Your Text Messages

By Alex Heath on Mar 27, 2011

AutoResponder is a Cydia tweak that automatically replies to incoming SMS messages. If you’re in a situation where you can’t immediately respond to a text, AutoResponder can reply for you with a list of preset messages you assign.

If you’re the kind of person that doesn’t like to leave your friends hung out to dry, AutoResponder is great for notifying someone that you’re busy or unavailable… Read More

 

Messages App Updated in iOS 4.3, Shorter Tones and More Options

By Guest Author on Mar 14, 2011

In addition to the much-awaited Personal Hotspot feature for AT&T iPhone 4 owners, Apple also updated the Messages app in iOS 4.3.

Although there are no changes to the app itself per say, Apple has updated the alert options. This includes significantly shorter SMS (text) ringtones, clearer text ringtone sounds from the speaker, and the settings for the Messages app now allow you to have alert tones repeat up to ten times at two minute intervals.

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Use the iPhone to Drive Your Co-Workers Insane

By Alex Heath on Feb 28, 2011

Picture the scenario: Somebody with the default iPhone ringtone gets a phone call in a room full of other iPhone users. Everyone instantly reaches into their pocket and awkwardly looks around the room wondering who’s iPhone is actually going off.

We’ve all been there.

If you feel like pulling a good prank, there’s a website that replicates the iPhone’s default sounds.

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Pretty Up Your iPhone SMS App with ChatPic

By Sébastien Page on Feb 23, 2011

Here is an app that shouldn’t even exist in the first place as Apple should have implemented it in iOS. ChatPic is a new jailbreak app that will show address book photos next to text messages in the SMS app.

For ChatPic to work, you obviously need to add a photo to your contacts, then whenever they text you, you will see their face next to the chat bubble… Read More

 

‘Keep Text New’ Allows You to Mark Incoming Text Messages as Unread

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 15, 2011

I have to be honest with you; I never thought I’d ever need a jailbreak tweak like Keep Text New.

SMS Messages aren’t exactly like email, where you derive benefits from unread messages; or are they?

I guess there’s only one way to find out. Against my better judgment, I went ahead and took the plunge and purchased Keep Text New…

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AT&T Makes Good on Rumored Texting Plan Changes

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 1, 2011

A couple of weeks ago, we reported on some rumored changes that AT&T was planning for their texting plans.

It was said that the main reason for the change was to “simplify” their texting plans. Coincidentally, this change comes just prior to the iPhone’s arrival on Verizon.

Simply put, AT&T is looking to capitalize on any and every advantage it possibly can as a way to help combat a potential mass exodus to Verizon.

If you were looking forward to the changes with the texting plan, we’ve got some good news; it looks like AT&T followed through with their plans…

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AT&T is Making Changes to Texting Plans in Preparation for the Verizon iPhone

By Jeff Benjamin on Jan 19, 2011

It looks like AT&T is planning a preemptive strike in the upcoming Verizon iPhone battle, with the first big change being new text messaging plans. AT&T says their intent is to simplify and streamline their messaging plans, with the changes due to go into effect on January 23, 2011.

Check inside for the details on the new plans, and what this means for AT&T customers…

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