Archive for August, 2005

SMS widget 1.4 Released!

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

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What’s new in version 1.4:

  • Added support for SunCom in the USA.
  • Added support for Bell Mobility in Canada.
  • Removes "Message Sent!" message after user types first character of next message.

The SMS widget allows you to send text messages to mobile phones for free. You don’t even need to have a phone at all! The widget works with most major carriers in the USA, as well as T-Mobile in Germany and several carriers in Canada.

The SMS widget integrates with the Mac OS X Address Book, so you can quickly select friends to contact. After you send a message, the widget remembers your friend’s carrier so that you don’t need to enter it in the future! You can include your mobile number or email as the reply address of your messages. This lets recipients reply to your SMS messages.

A free website for sending text messages is also available at:
http://keakaj.com/sms/sms.cgi

The widget currently supports Alltel, AT&T, Cingular, Nextel, Sprint, SunCom, T-Mobile, Verizon, Virgin Mobile, and Qwest in the USA, as well as T-Mobile in Germany. I am also beta testing Bell Mobility, Fido, Rogers, and TELUS in Canada.

SMS widget 1.3 Released!

Thursday, August 25th, 2005

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What’s new in version 1.3:

  • Added beta support for Rogers, Fido, TELUS, and "Beat’s me!" in Canada.
  • You can now send messages to T-Mobile users in Germany with 11-digit numbers (don’t enter the country code or leading 0).
  • Split "Cingular / AT&T" into two different carrier options. Make sure you select the correct one!
  • Split "Alltel" into two different carrier options for Alltel and Alltel PCS. Make sure you select the correct one!
  • Displays "Sending message, please wait…" to provide better feedback while the message is being sent.
  • Website for sending text messages also improved:
    http://keakaj.com/sms/sms.cgi

The SMS widget allows you to send text messages to mobile phones for free. You don’t even need to have a phone at all! The widget works with most major carriers in the USA, as well as T-Mobile in Germany and several carriers in Canada.

The SMS widget integrates with the Mac OS X Address Book, so you can quickly select friends to contact. After you send a message, the widget remembers your friend’s carrier so that you don’t need to enter it in the future! You can include your mobile number or email as the reply address of your messages. This lets recipients reply to your SMS messages.

A free website for sending text messages is also available at:
http://keakaj.com/sms/sms.cgi

The widget currently supports AT&T, Cingular, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, Nextel, Virgin Mobile, Alltel, and Qwest in the USA, as well as T-Mobile in Germany. I am also beta testing Rogers, Fido, TELUS, and “Beats me” in Canada.

SMS widget in top 11 on Apple.com

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2005

From August 19 to August 22, 2005, the SMS widget was number 11 in Apple’s list of "Top 50" widget downloads. We’ve been in the top 20 from August 17, 2005 to the present!

top 11

Canada added to SMS website

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

The SMS web interface now supports several Canadian mobile carriers:

  • Fido
  • Rogers
  • TELUS

You can also select “Beats me!” if you don’t know your friend’s Canadian mobile provider.

If you know people with Canadian cell phone numbers, please give the SMS web interface a try and let me know whether or not it works for you. As soon as I get feedback verifying that a particular carrier works, I’ll add support for the carrier to the Mac OS X SMS widget.

New news is good news!

Monday, August 22nd, 2005

I’ve created a new page for Sanity Software news (this is it). It will be much easier for me to keep the page updated now that I’m using WordPress to manage my news items. Before WordPress, the process for posting a news item and updating my RSS feed was far more cumbersome. Since this new page uses a new RSS feed, you’ll need to re-subscribe if you were subscribed to the old feed.

SMS widget 1.2 Released!

Thursday, August 18th, 2005

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The SMS widget allows you to send text messages to mobile phones for free. You don’t even need to have a phone at all! The widget works with Cingular, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, Nextel, Virgin Mobile, Alltel, and Qwest in the USA. We are also beta testing T-Mobile in Germany.

The SMS widget integrates with the Mac OS X Address Book, so you can quickly select friends to contact. After you send a message, the widget remembers your friend’s carrier so that you don’t need to enter it in the future! You can include your mobile number or email as the reply address of your messages. This lets recipients reply to your SMS messages.

A free website for sending text messages is also available at:
http://keakaj.com/sms/sms.cgi

What’s new in version 1.2:

  • Greatly improved reliability.
  • In the USA, added beta support for Nextel, Virgin Mobile, Alltel, Qwest, and former AT&T customers that became Cingular customers after the AT&T-Cingular merger.
  • Added beta support for T-Mobile in Germany.
  • Added a "Beats me" option for friend’s carrier. Allows you to send messages to contacts even if you don’t know which service they use.
  • Added a button to check for a new version of the widget.
  • Website for sending text messages also improved:
    http://keakaj.com/sms/sms.cgi

Free Web SMS Service Updated

Wednesday, August 17th, 2005

Our free web interface for sending SMS messages has been updated and improved! Some of the new enhancements include:

  • Added option to send your mobile number or email as the reply address of your messages. This lets recipients reply to your SMS messages.
  • Added a "Beats me" option for friend’s carrier. Allows you to send messages to contacts even if you don’t know which service they use.
  • Added support for former AT&T customers that became Cingular customers after the AT&T-Cingular merger.
  • Added support for Virgin Mobile USA.
  • Added support for Nextel.
  • Added support for Alltel.
  • Added support for Qwest.

SMS widget 1.1 Released!

Sunday, August 14th, 2005

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The SMS widget allows you to send text messages to mobile phones for free. Your friends need to have Cingular, Sprint PCS, T-Mobile, or Verizon in the U.S., but you don’t even need to have a phone at all.

The SMS widget integrates with the Mac OS X Address Book, so you can quickly select friends to contact. After you send a message, the widget remembers the carrier for each of your contacts so that you don’t need to! You can include your mobile number or email as the sender ID of your messages. This lets recipients reply to your SMS messages if the recipient’s device is capable of replying.

What’s new in version 1.1:

  • Added support for Cingular.
  • Added option to send your mobile number or email as the sender ID of your messages. This lets recipients reply to your SMS messages if the recipient’s device is capable of replying.
  • Added a border and drop shadow to the widget.

Free Web SMS

Tuesday, August 9th, 2005

I’ve created a simple web application for sending SMS messages to T-Mobile, Verizon, and Sprint customers. Sending messages is free! Now you can type messages on your nice big keyboard instead of fumbling with those tiny cell phone keys. Web SMS is still in beta, so give it a try and let me know what you think!

MeMails — The best nonsense on the web!

Monday, August 8th, 2005

What the heck are MeMails? Well, I hate blogs. I hate reading them, I hate hearing about them, and I hate dreaming about them (which has happened a few times). However, I have to spread my brilliant gibberish among the masses somehow. I accomplish this daunting feat of goodwill by sending out Mass eMails (MeMails) to everyone in my address book.

If you aren’t cool enough to be on my MeMail list, have no fear! I’m going to start saving the most insidiously useless of my MeMails and posting them on the web for the whole world to enjoy! And I don’t want to hear any nonsense about how my MeMails become blog entries once I post them online. That’s just silly. Plus, my abbreviation for ‘mass emails’ is so cool that it’s bound to spread like wildfire. It’s way cooler than the abbreviation for ‘weblog’, so take that, bloggers!