In 2005 (before smartphones), I created SMS widgets to send free text messages anywhere in the world from your computer. In less than a year and a half, users sent over 3 million messages to friends in dozens of countries through my services. Apple featured my SMS widget in an email campaign promoting Mac OS X Tiger. My SMS widget ranked #8 in Apple’s most downloaded dashboard widgets. Macworld chose it as one of the top 10 Tiger widgets.
In 2006, the SMS widget for Apple Dashboard, the SMS Google gadget, and the SMS widget for Yahoo! were purchased by CallWave.
Top 8 widgets on Apple.com
The SMS widget scored #8 in Apple's list of Top 10 widget downloads. The SMS widget was in Apple's daily top 50 downloads for 9 months straight (usually in the top 20)!
SMS widget featured in Apple ad campaign
The SMS widget was featured in an Apple email campaign promoting Mac OS X Tiger.
Macworld: top 10 widgets
The SMS widget is one of Macworld's Top 10 Tiger Widgets.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ App is fantastic. Works Perfectly.
"Really Cool. This app is fantastic. It used to cost me each time I send an sms, now it's FREE. Works perfectly."
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My Most Used Widget.
"I use this widget all the time - probably more than all my other widgets put together." ... "I very rarely give 5 stars, but this widget deserves it. On top of that it is still free. Thank you very much!"
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Saves time and money.
"This is an awesome widget. Saves me time and money."
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Took four seconds before the sms made it to my phone. Cool!
"Works fine with T-Mobile, took four seconds before the sms made it to my phone. Cool!"
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Free and very useful!
"Very nicely done and implemented, excellent use of the Address Book. Free and very useful!"
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This rocks!
"what can be said other than this rocks!"
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ One of my all time favourite and most used widgets.
"Love how it works with address book, simple fast and clean! What more could you want?"
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ At Long Last
"At Long Last. Until now I have had absolutely no use for Dashboard that was not served better by a different app."
Works great with T-mobile
"works great with T-mobile indeed. About 5 sec to get the message! :)"
"This is an excellent widget." ... "all in all this widget is GREAT!"
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Better than the other SMS options.
"This is a good widget; better than the other SMS options."
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Excellent widget: one of the few I always keep open
"This is an excellent widget: one of the few I always keep open. Separating the messages and a character count are too fantastic extra options."
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Best widget for SMS.
"Best Widget for SMS." ... "You send the SMS message right from the widget, and you stay in the widget. That is all I really wanted. Now to top it all off, it also integrates with Address Book. Also, you can choose what the reply address will be in the SMS - a basic email address or your mobile phone number. It even goes beyond just the USA, by allowing texting to Canada and T-Mobile Germany. Unfortunately, most other widgets these days tend to be US-centric." ... "Awesome job, and thanks for making it free! This might be one of those free pieces of software to which I actually make a little donation."
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love how it's free!
"Great! I love how it's free!" ... "Keep up the good work, i'm looking forward to your updates!"
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Great Widget.
Very slick and it works wonderfully.
"I've seen SMS widgets for Dashboard come and go as they all have some strange catch, like they only work with a specific carrier or you have to pay a service fee through a specific site. However this morning I finally found the one - it works!" ... "it can send messages to Cingular, Sprint, Verizon, T-Mobile, Nextel, Virgin Mobile, Alltel, and Qwest in the USA, and they're testing T-Mobile in Germany. What's even better is the widget integrates with Address Book, and once you chose a contact (or enter a number) and chose their carrier - the widget remembers! As icing on the cake: you can include your mobile # or email so your recipient can easily reply. Very slick and it works wonderfully."
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Very Useful SMS Widget
"This widget is perfect in that you truly only need internet access and that's it, no port 25 required." ... "I consistently see messages delivered to my own phone in under one minute, frequently under 30 seconds." ... "All in all, this is a great product and would make a welcome addition to any user's dashboard. Highly recommended download."
I love this
"I love this; especially how it uses address book!"