Which SMS app?


John Holman Apps

With one exception, each of the SMS apps below is locked to a single SMS gateway. This is because each gateway company has its own specific, incompatible technical requirements and to support them all would result in a very large and complex app.

The cost of any app is so trivial in relation to the savings on SMS that it is not considered in the comparisons below.

SMS App and Gateway Feature Comparison
App NameGateway CompanyComments and Features
Simple SMS for iPad



iPad
         Bulk SMS
  • Global coverage
  • Reliable SMS delivery
  • Excellent support
  • Full feature set
  • Local reply numbers
  • Current Price List
Full featured iPad app supporting in-app replies and multiple messaging with individual delivery reports.
Supports:
  • Unicode
  • Long SMS (4)
  • Reply to iPad
  • Multiple Send
  • Reply to email
  • Received message list
  • Sent message list
  • Message resend
  • Message templates
  • Status reports
  • Landscape text entry


iPad
         Text Magic
  • Global coverage
  • Reliable SMS delivery
  • Excellent support
  • Full feature set
  • Free reply numbers
  • Current Price List
Full featured iPad app with satisfied users in over 75 countries. Slightly higher SMS prices, offset by free reply numbers in some areas.
Supports:
  • Unicode
  • Long SMS (3)
  • Reply to iPad
  • Reply to phone
  • Reply to email
  • Received message list
  • Sent message list
  • Message resend
  • Message templates
  • Status reports
  • Landscape text entry


iPad
 SMS Global & BulkSMS
  • Regional offices and websites
  • Many large corporate users
  • Very reliable delivery
  • Support favours larger customers
  • Local reply numbers
  • Current Price List
Choice of two carriers, some local reply numbers. More complicated setup. Satisfied users in over 85 countries. Moderate SMS prices.
Supports:
  • Unicode
  • Long SMS (4)
  • Reply to phone
  • Reply to email
  • Landscape text entry
No support for:
  • Sent message list
  • Message resend
  • Status reports email only


iPod & iPhone
         Bulk SMS
  • Global coverage
  • Reliable SMS delivery
  • Excellent support
  • Local reply numbers
  • Full feature set
  • Current Price List
Multi featured iPod or iPhone app. Local reply numbers in some countries.
Supports:
  • Unicode
  • Long SMS (4)
  • Reply to iPod
  • Reply to email
  • Received message list
  • Sent message list
  • Message resend
  • Status reports


iPod & iPhone
         Text Magic
  • Global coverage
  • Reliable SMS delivery
  • Excellent support
  • Full feature set
  • Free reply numbers
  • Current Price List
Full featured iPod or iPhone app. Slightly higher SMS prices offset by free reply numbers in some countries.
Supports:
  • Unicode
  • Long SMS (3)
  • Reply to iPod
  • Reply to phone
  • Reply to email
  • Received message list
  • Sent message list
  • Message resend
  • Message templates
  • Status reports


iPod & iPhone
         SMS Global
  • Government-accredited supplier
  • Many large corporate users
  • Very reliable delivery
  • Support favours larger customers
  • Limited feature set
  • Current Price List
Basic iPod or iPhone app. Email reply very reliable. Moderate SMS prices.
Supports:
  • Long SMS (4)
  • Reply to phone
  • Reply to email
No support for:
  • Sent message list
  • Message resend
  • Status reports email only
Bedrock SMS



iPhone & iPod
         SMS Roaming
  • Overenthusiastic copywriter
  • Some features poorly implemented
  • Reliable in testing
  • Good coverage
  • Good support
  • Current Price List
Best app for iPhone users - email reply system may not suit iPods. Very cheap SMS pricing.
Supports:
  • Landscape text entry
  • Long SMS (2)
  • Reply to phone
  • Sent message list
  • Message resend
No support for:
  • Unicode
  • Status reports email only
Other Apps
Recipe Explorer



iPad
Age Restricted to 17+

(Integrated web browser may be used to locate information about alcohol)
Combined News Reader, Web browser, Recipe Finder and Recipe Database for iPad. (Formerly called Thermomix Explorer).
Supports:
  • Portrait or Landscape format
  • Online or Offline use
  • Easy Site Discovery Tools
  • Recipe Search
  • Newsreader
  • Auto-Subscribe
  • Item and Site Links
Recipe Explorer



iPhone
Age Restricted to 17+

(Integrated web browser may be used to locate information about alcohol)
Combined News Reader, Web browser, Recipe Finder and Recipe Database for iPhone. (Formerly called Thermomix Explorer).
Supports:
  • Portrait or Landscape format
  • Online or Offline use
  • Easy Site Discovery Tools
  • Recipe Search
  • Newsreader
  • Auto-Subscribe
  • Item and Site Links
Animal Guesses



iPad,iPod,iPhone
A guessing game with a difference, where the player knows all the answers and teaches the computer how to guess them.This is an educational game which promotes clear thinking, forward planning, and the ability to compose relevant questions. It also encourages players to learn more about the weird and wonderful world of animals.

This is not a game for 'winning' or achieving 'high scores'. It is a game for creating, rather than just passively playing. Like all the best things in life you will get out of it, what you put in.

Built-in database with over 100 animals preloaded to start with.

Suitable for children aged 6 - 10+. Keyboard skills required.
Animal Guesses Free



iPad,iPod,iPhone
Free version of the above, without the built-in database.This is an educational game which promotes clear thinking, forward planning, and the ability to compose relevant questions. It also encourages players to learn more about the weird and wonderful world of animals.

This is not a game for 'winning' or achieving 'high scores'. It is a game for creating, rather than just passively playing. Like all the best things in life you will get out of it, what you put in.

Suitable for children aged 6 - 10+. Keyboard skills required.