SMS on the Decline with iMessage and IM to Blame

By Oliver Haslam on Jan 4, 2012

This Christmas saw lower than normal numbers for SMS, according to new numbers released by Forbes. As is to be expected, certain times during the year cause higher than usual numbers of SMS messages to be sent.

Major sporting events are one cause, as is events Christmas and the ringing in of a new year. The numbers this year show that we sent less messages through the carriers’ SMS networks than we did last year, which will no doubt be a concern to those same carriers who have been overcharging us for years to send a few characters of text. Read More


biteSMS 6.0 Featuring iOS 5 Compatibility Officially Released

By Jeff Benjamin on Dec 18, 2011

It’s finally here. After what seemed like an infinite beta test, biteSMS 6.0 has hit Cydia for public download.

With it comes all of the features you’ve come to know and love, plus a few surprises and UI enhancements. Best of all, it’s a free download if you’ve purchased an older version of biteSMS. Check out our video coverage inside…

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VoIP-Based Services Like iMessage Reportedly Eating Carriers’ Lunches

By Oliver Haslam on Nov 19, 2011

With third-party instant messaging apps, Apple’s own iMessage, and VoIP services becoming more prevalent, it is to be expected that at some point mobile networks will see a reduction in revenue as people move away from using SMS and voice calling.

What we didn’t really expect is the move to start happening so soon. But according to one report, carriers are already feeling the pinch.

Research carried out by infrastructure solutions provider Mavenir Systems on behalf of mobileSQUARED suggests that carriers are already finding that third-party solutions are beginning to impact their business, and it’s only going to get worse for the bottom line… Read More


biteSMS Adds New Quick Compose Feature in Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 15, 2011

The latest version of biteSMS is shaping up to be something special. The team has worked hard for months, issuing beta after beta to get version 6 of our favorite jailbreak messaging client just right for iOS 5.

We already covered some of biteSMS’ upcoming new features before, but this time around we’re focusing exclusively on one feature in particular — quick compose from Notification Center.

IntelliScreenX has it, and now the biteSMS team has it as well. Check inside for a full video walkthrough of the new quick compose elements of biteSMS… Read More


IntelliScreenX Adds Quick Reply and Quick Compose Features

By Jeff Benjamin on Nov 8, 2011

IntelliScreenX, the highly anticipated iOS 5 jailbreak app, is coming right along in its development, and the latest build features some exciting new features.

To capitalize on Apple’s lack of any sort of quick reply or quick compose for messages, Intelliborn has baked their Messages+ app in directly with IntelliScreenX for a very robust messaging solution.

Now you can quick reply, and/or quick compose from Notification Center, the Lock screen, and from banner message notifications. Check out the full video demonstration inside… Read More


WhatsApp Now Sending 1 Billion Messages a Day, Gives iMessage a Mountain to Climb

By Oliver Haslam on Nov 3, 2011

WhatsApp, one of the most loved cross-platform messaging services, has reached a real milestone, with the news that its collection of apps are sending 1 billion messages per day.

Covering iOS, Android, and just about every other mobile platform out there, WhatsApp has one massive advantage over the likes of BlackBerry Messenger and iMessage, and that’s its cross-platform roots… Read More


LockMessages Adds a Level of Privacy to Notification Center Messages

By Oliver Haslam on Oct 26, 2011

We’ve all had those situations when we’ve received a text message that we don’t necessarily want anyone else to see. The problem is that such a message always seems to come through when your iPhone on a desk, or on a table in plain sight.

So there you are, your message pops up along with the sender’s name and, if you have default settings turned on, a preview of the message’s contents.

A new jailbreak tweak allows you to minimize such embarrassing situations by giving you control over what iOS shows when you receive a new text or iMessage, and it’s called LockMessages… Read More


‘FavoriteContacts’ Adds Your Favorites to Notification Center

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 18, 2011

The Notification Center jailbreak widgets are really starting to pick up steam as of late, and that means that there’s a ton of new and innovative tweaks for us to cover.

The latest tweak, is called FavoriteContacts, and as one might imagine, it pulls in all of your favorites from your Phone app. Doing so, allows you to initiate a call, text, or email right from the convenience of iOS 5’s Notification Center.

We’ve gone hands-on with FavoriteContacts, and we’re happy to report that it rocks. Check inside for the video walkthrough, and for a chance to win one of five (5) free copies… Read More


Message Icons: Compose New Mail And SMS Directly From Your Home Screen

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 11, 2011

Wouldn’t it be nice if you could compose a new mail or SMS message with the touch of a button? Well now you can.

Introducing: Message Icons, a jailbreak tweak that recently graced Cydia. It allows you to bypass all of the fluff, and get right to writing an email or SMS message.

It’s not the prettiest tweak in the world, but it’s most certainly functional. Take a gander inside for a visual rundown… Read More


How to Install the biteSMS Beta on iOS 5

By Jeff Benjamin on Oct 8, 2011

It’s no secret that I consider biteSMS to be an absolute iPhone staple; it’s among the first apps that I install after jailbreaking my iPhone.

For those of you who, like me, decide to jailbreak your iOS 5 installation, you’ll find that the public version of biteSMS crashes upon launch.

Fortunately, the biteSMS team has produced a beta version of their popular SMS app that works great on iOS 5. Check inside for the full details on how to score it for yourself… Read More


Project “Orca” is Going to Let You Send Free Text Messages Through Facebook on Your iPhone

By Alex Heath on Sep 22, 2011

With the internet taking over traditional methods of communication, like actually talking to someone on the phone, VoIP and data services are becoming the way that we consumers choose to communicate.

People love to text, and apps like Facebook Messenger simulate that style of communication via the web. Facebook is allegedly working on a project called “Orca” that will merge SMS and Facebook chat. Once Orca is implemented into Facebook Messenger, users will be able to text anyone in the world for free… Read More


How to Send Photos to Your Twitter Timeline Using MMS

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 21, 2011

If you haven’t found anything in the avalanche of iPhone Twitter apps that satisfies you, maybe this little feature will make you happy?

Twitter recently announced that they have added support to attach photos to your Twitter timeline using MMS. Now, all you need to do is snap a photo, send it to the Twitter number that corresponds to your country, and Voila; your photo appears on your Twitter timeline in a matter of seconds.

Want to see how it works? Check out the video inside to see it in action… Read More


BiteSMS Beta for iOS 5 Now Available

By Sébastien Page on Sep 19, 2011

BiteSMS is without a doubt my favorite jailbreak app. I use it several times a day to write and read text messages. Up until now, you couldn’t run BiteSMS on a jailbroken iPhone running iOS 5 beta. But due to the overwhelming demand, the BiteSMS team has decided to release an iOS-compatible version of the app.

Because it is in its early beta development, you can expect BiteSMS to have quite a few bugs. However, the die hard BiteSMS fan that you are will most likely see past those issues and focus on the exciting new features… Read More


Add Live Video Wallpaper to Stock SMS With BeyondSMS

By Jeff Benjamin on Sep 16, 2011

Looking for a way to enhance your SMS experience, but apps and tweaks like biteSMS or SMSPlus fail to meet your needs? If so, perhaps it’s time to go beyond SMS.

Indeed, BeyondSMS is a jailbreak tweak for the iPhone that integrates tightly with the stock SMS app, providing things like hidden message capability and live camera wallpaper. Take a look inside for a full video synopsis… Read More


RapidContact: Quickly Dial or Text a Contact

By Cody Lee on Aug 27, 2011

You don’t have to be jailbroken very long before you hear about Activator. The popular tweak allows you to initiate frequent tasks with button taps or on-screen gestures.

What’s cool about Activator is that it’s compatible with hundreds of other Cydia packages, including the one we’re going to be discussing here — RapidContact. The tweak allows users to quickly call or text a favorite contact… Read More


SMS+ Now Live in Cydia, Stock Messages App on Steroids

By Alex Heath on Aug 25, 2011

The highly anticipated jailbreak tweak from Filippo Bigarella, SMS+, is now available in Cydia for $1.99. In case you missed our preview of this tweak, SMS+ enhances your stock Messages app on the iPhone with all sorts of cool features.

While many of the features in SMS+ are also offered in BiteSMS, fans of Apple’s own app will prefer SMS+ because of its integration with the stock Messages app. Read More


SMSPlus: Stock Messages App Enhancer [Video Preview]

By Jeff Benjamin on Aug 18, 2011

Today, we were able to get our hands on an early build of SMSPlus, a jailbreak tweak that significantly enhances the stock messages app.

The big thing about SMSPlus is that it’s not a separate app like biteSMS or others, but it’s tightly integrated into the stock messages app, and made to look as stock as possible.

There’s pull to sort functionality, quick reply, quick compose, text to speech, and a bevy of other things to uncover. Check inside for the full video preview… Read More


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