Real SMS for iPod touch/iPhone.
Send and receive standard SMS messages with your iPod touch to any kind of mobile phone, from anywhere with a wifi connection. iPhone users can also send via 3G. The required sms gateway account has no monthly or setup fees, supports over 400 carriers in 140 different countries, and your unused credits never expire.
The recipient does not need a smartphone or any kind of software or IM client, and there is no need to know the name of their carrier.
You receive SMS responses via email - immediately, if you subscribe to a push-email service such as MobileMe, Gmail or Yahoo. You can also optionally choose to receive replies on your phone, if you have one.
How it works.
Enter the recipient's phone number or select it from your Contact List. Type your message and press 'Send'. It can't get easier than that!
The receiver gets a normal SMS message, with a telephone number to reply. When she replies, the message is sent to the email account you specify on signup, or your phone.
If you normally use a webmail service with Safari, you might find it more convenient to set up a separate email account just for SMS messages, and then configure Apple Mail to access it via POP or IMAP.
Apple Mail can be configured to check for new mail a maximum of once every 15 minutes. Because a reply can arrive any time, the average wait for an SMS response is therefore 7.5 minutes.
If that's not fast enough for you, subscribe to a push email service and you will get an alert immediately the SMS arrives.
For even greater convenience, if you need to respond you can do so directly from your email application, no need to restart Real SMS.
Supported SMS Gateways
At this time, the only supported carrier is smsglobal.com. An SMSGlobal account has no setup or monthly fees of any kind, you pay only for credits which do not expire if unused. You also get 25 free credits on signup, which is about the value of this app, so what have you got to lose?
Setting up your SMSGlobal account
See the Setup and User Guide for important account setup details and support information.
The SMSGlobal website is not optimised for small devices, so you might find it easier to use a computer. SMSGlobal send your account password via SMS. You will need to specify a friend or relative's mobile phone number to receive your account validation code, if you don't have a phone of your own.
Your 25 free SMS are available as soon as you validate, so you can start sending right away. You might want to sign your first few texts, especially if you don't have a phone, as your recipients won't recognise the number they come from!
Get it on the App Store
This app is also available for the iPad.
There are also other apps - see Which app is right for me?
Note: The supported carriers operate public SMS gateway services, and have nothing to do with your Real SMS app. Contact them only for account-related issues such as passwords etc. If you encounter difficulties using Real SMS, please follow the support link in the User Guide.