Real SMS for iPad - satisfied users in over 85 countries
Send and receive standard SMS messages with your iPad to any kind of mobile phone, from anywhere - WiFi or 3G. The required sms gateway account has no monthly or setup fees, supports up to 700 carriers in 166 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 choose to have responses sent to a phone number.
How it works.
Enter the recipient's phone number or select it from your Contact List. Type your message - taking advantage of the large keyboard in landcsape mode if you wish - 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. You can optionally choose to receive a reply direct to the phone number you provide when you set up the account.
If you normally use a webmail service such as Gmail, 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.
Real SMS requires a user account with a 2-way SMS gateway service. At this time, the only supported gateways are smsglobal.com and bulksms.com. These accounts have no setup or monthly fees of any kind, you pay only for credits which do not expire if unused. You can also get up to 25 free credits on signup, which is about the value of this app, so what have you got to lose?
Setting up your carrier account
See the Setup and User Guide for important account setup details. The sms carriers send your account password via SMS. If you don't have a phone, you will still need to specify e.g. a friend or relative's mobile phone number to receive it.
Your 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!
* See individual carrier websites for network coverage.
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Note: The supported carriers operate public SMS gateway services, and know nothing about 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.