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I've got a little business with around 1000 customers and I like to take advantage of a mobile plan that lets me send a lot of SMS messages per month.

I've got my customers' emails and phone numbers on a spreadsheet. I'd like to export that phone list to the iPhone and create a "customers" group on my address book, and from there be able to send this group offers and news through SMS from my phone.

Is there some iOS app that would let me this, or maybe another parallel solution that combines my desktop PC on my iPhone to perform this task?

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Have you checked with your phone operator you're allowed to do that? – Loïc Wolff Jun 26 '12 at 9:20
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Although its not exactly what you were asking for, this App does exactly what you want. It seems a little expensive, though.

Answering your question, there are a couple of ways you could import the contacts to the iPhone. You could, for instance, do it by:

  1. Saving the file as .cvs
  2. In Outlook Express, choosing File / Import / Address Book, and opening the .cvs file.
  3. Connecting your iPhone and in iTunes, tick the box next to Sync Contancts With: and choosing Outlook Express.

Afterwards you could use an App such as Group SMS, or Group Text! or even create your own group to send the SMSs. To do so, just:

  1. Open the SMS App.
  2. Tap the New Message icon, in the top right corner.
  3. Add all the recipients you want to send the SMS to by tapping the + sign.
  4. Compose and send the message.

A Conversation will appear in your Sent Messages list. Therefore, if you want to send a message to the same group, you'll just have to compose the message there and send. This will be a bit painful if the recipient's list is a thousand names long.

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Thanks, I'll try those options, except probably the first one -too expensive ($120!!), as you mention-. – javipas Jun 27 '12 at 6:46
Note, some carriers limit you to 10 (or less) sms ricipients per message sent. – Kalamane Jul 19 '12 at 19:03

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