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Short Messaging Service (SMS) is a system by which users can send a short text message to a phone or online SMS service.

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How to send predefined/canned SMS/iMessages?

Is there a way to prepare predefined/canned messages in order to quickly send them by SMS/iMessage on the iPhone or iPad? I find myself quite often using the same 4-5 templates: I'm in a meeting, I ...
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Send an address in a sms to map app

If a friend sends to me an address in a SMS or IMessage, for example "I am at 123 Main St" can I send that to the Map app to get directions there?
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iOS 6 SMS message delivery reports

Is there a way to enable delivery reports on the iPhone on the Vodafone network in Western Europe? This is a feature I sorely miss on my iPhone, being able to tell whether a message is delivered. The ...
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simple timestamp for SMS on iPhone

I am thinking this is an easy question, because I know how to do it in iChat for the computer. But for an iPhone, SMS messages are shown as a speech bubble in a conversation with someone. Aside from ...
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How can I change the number of times my iphone tries to notify me when I receive an SMS message?

I would like to change the number of times my phone 'pings' me when I receive an SMS message. I'm not sure who decided that 2 pings was enough and there would be no visual indicators but I would ...
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Recovery of deleted SMS

I have never backed up or sync'd my iPhone 4S and need to recover deleted text messages. Are these stored until they are overwritten? When would the overwriting occur on a 32GB iPhone?
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How do I silence the message ringtone while talking?

During a phone conversation on my iPhone (iOS5) today, I received three text messages. Each one caused my phone to play my message ringtone rather loudly in my ear. Is this normal behavior? Is there ...
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Is it possible to determine the date a photo (received via text message) was taken?

Is it possible to download a photo received in a text message and determine the date that the photo was taken? I have an iPhone.
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How do I transfer text messages from my old Blackberry to my new iPhone?

I recently bought an iPhone after using the same BlackBerry for 4 years. I have 25,000+ texts on it, that I would like to get on my iPhone. Does anyone know how I could accomplish this?
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Is there an iOS SMS Texting app that allows parent to get a record of all texting messages?

My son (pre-teen) received an iPod Touch for Christmas. He has a friend that does not have an iOS device. But his friend can text. I am still at the stage and my son is still of the age that I ...
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Would an iPhone delete text messages by itself? [duplicate]

Would an iPhone 3G delete text messages by itself? I have lost some text messages and don't know where to find them! Thanks.
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How do I send someone a normal text if they also use iMessage?

My brother has a Windows Phone, and an iPad. Whenever I try to text him, it sends him an iMessage to his iPad, not a text message. Since he does not always have his iPad with him, he doesn't get my ...
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How can I tell whether my friend is using iMessage or Message to SMS me?

When I SMS my friend (iPhone 4 to iPhone 3), green messages mean that it's a Message and blue messages mean that it's an iMessage. However the messages that my friend sends me (iPhone 3 to iPhone 4) ...
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How can I copy an email address from a text message?

I got a text message, and I want to copy an email address from message context, but iOS comes to send email app, how can I copy it? Thanks in advance.
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SMS transfer clarification

I am new to the world of iPads and iPhones, so forgive my ignorance if something sounds silly. I am trying to find a solution for transferrring my SMS messages from a Nokia backup file which only ...
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Is there a way to “unsubscribe” from group texts in iOS?

When you send a group text message in iOS, it appears as if you automatically opt in to receive any and all replies to that message. Is there a way to avoid being included in group replies? Is there a ...
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How do you use Google Voice instead of built-in text message with Siri on iPhone4S?

I would like to use the Google Voice app instead of the built-in Text Messages with Siri on the iPhone 4S. Is this possible and how?
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What type of database is the iOS 5 SMS db?

I've literally been trying to crack this for an hour. With previous versions of iOS, the db was a simple sqlite file and could be opened with any sqlite utility. I really need access to these messages ...
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Restoring Missing iPhone Messages

A friend of mine has an iPhone 3G and around September his phone seemed to lose all of his SMS messages, and now only messages received since then are visible. I have found some sources saying that ...
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Operations: how to filter text messages on iPhone

Question for operations people. I work at a place that believes in configuring Nagios to send SMS alerts on all priorities of issues - even non-urgent ones that I don't need to wake me up in the ...
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What does “when iMessage is unavailable” mean?

In the settings for the iOS 5 Messages app there is an option to send messages as SMS "when iMessage is unavailable". Under what conditions is this the case? Is it merely the obvious (no data ...
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Has iMessage changed anything about how texts are forwarded from iChat to offline users?

For some time it has been possible to configure iChat accounts so that iChat messages sent when one is offline are forwarded to a mobile number. This conveniently allows iChat-to-moble conversations. ...
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Can I prevent SMS alerts from showing on the Lock Screen in iOS 4? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How can I prevent SMS messages from being shown on the iPhone lock screen? I am aware that the text message preview can be disabled so that the actual message is not ...
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iPhone SMS: Same Contact, Different Phone Numbers

Is there any way to differentiate between a contact with different phone numbers in Messages?
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How to fix SMS app showing no message even though they are available through Spotlight?

I was composing an SMS message and then I tapped on send button. This message was composed for group of 50 persons. It started sending messages in background and I could hear the sound of sending ...
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What SMS apps exist on the iPhone that support ascii emoticons, not emoji?

This is an open question, but it is a logical followup of my previous question asking for an emoticon keyboard app. It appears it is not possible to define a system-wide keyboard that supports ASCII ...
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Can I prevent SMS from showing on the Lock Screen in iOS 4?

I have some private SMS messages I want to hide. The problem is that they are displaying on main screen even when it's locked. So it was useless using password because it's displayed even with the ...
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Does the iPhone multi-task while sending email?

When I send a message and the progress bar is still "moving", can I simply move along and send another message? And even before that is completed, if I move along and send another message can I be ...
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Send/Receive SMS on an iPad

I know this question has been asked many times before but I would like to know if one can send and receive text messages on the iPad without having to bother those who are texting you to join IMs etc. ...
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Application to copy SMS messages from Sony Ericsson Bluetooth-equipped phone to Mac?

What application could I use to copy SMS messages from a Sony Ericsson Bluetooth-equipped phone to a Mac? I previously used BluePhoneElite 2 for this. But it no longer seems to be able to read the ...
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Google Voice messenger notification problem

I have an iPhone 4 with the Google Voice messenger app. However I don't get notifications at all; I've tried everything! If I want to check if I recieved a text I have to go into the app and press the ...
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How can I get Google Voice SMS notifications?

I have an iPhone 4 with the Google Voice app. However I don't get notifications at all, I've tried everything! If I want to check if I received a text I have to go into the app and press the refresh ...
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iPhone loses SMSs after software update

I recently updated my iPhone 4 to iOS 4.3.1. Everything seemed to go fine. However, after I sent my next text message the phone quickly showed the restart screen and then all my old messages were ...
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How do I block SMSs on an iPhone?

A few months ago, I made a deal with the devil the worst and most obnoxious telecommunication company ever to get an iPhone, and I actually would not regret it if they did not bother me sending me ...
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Is it possible to retrieve SMS messages that have been deleted from my iPhone?

I have read a lot about this online and would like to confirm once and for all. Is it possible to retrieve SMS messages that have been deleted from my iPhone? I know it is possible to get access to ...
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What replacement SMS/MMS app for iPhone will allow me to change convo color, etc?

My best friend and a client of mine have the same name, and it's way too easy to accidentally click on the client when I'm having a more adult or humorous conversation with my buddy at the same time ...
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What's a free/lightweight way to email a message to force an iPhone alert?

At my job, we get specific emails that need to be responded to right away. Currently, I filter and forward those emails to my SMS gateway address provided by AT&T (1234567890@txt.att.net). The ...
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What iPhone apps are available for sending bulk SMSs?

What iPhone apps can I use for sending bulk SMSs? Hopefully something very simple to get started with....
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Is there an alternative to Find my iPhone to track a lost/stolen iPhone with SMS support?

I bought an iPhone 4 recently. I've been using Find my iPhone but I find it a little limited. First, you need to have Wi-Fi or 3G to be able to deactivate or send a message. That consumes a lot of ...
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Why do I occasionally get the message “could not activate cellular data network” when opening the sms app?

It pops up a message telling me this which means I have to tap 'OK' This is seriously annoying, does anyone know why this happens and what terrible event it is supposed to help me avoid?
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iPhone Search does not find historic SMS messages

On my iPhone 4, I have a large number of SMS messages (I don't delete them at all). If I want to search for text in a particular message, it appears not to search historic SMSes. In other words, ...
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How can I export SMS text messages from my iPhone?

When answering this question, please note if the solution is: For Windows and/or Mac OS X users The price of the solution If you have successfully—and actually—used the solution How can I export ...
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Dial another phone, access SMS of another phone using IPOD Touch 4

I have an IPOD Touch 4 and i was hoping to convert it to a phone. However in india we don't have VOIP support, but my phone "HTC TOUCH" supports Remote Sim. I am looking for an app which can allow my ...
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iPhone 4 Custom SMS Text Tones

I read about how to add custom ring tones, but those don't show up in the SMS tone tab, just the phone ring tab, is there some way to add custom text tones without jailbreaking my iPhone? :(
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Group Contacts to Send Sms

Instead of specifying each number one by one, is there anyway I can specify a group when sending sms? For your info, I am using the contacts synced from Gmail, not the iPhone's built-in address book. ...
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How to copy SMS messages from a Nokia phone (or Nokia PC Suite backup) to iPhone?

What if I have a Nokia PC Suite backuped file which contains all the SMS and want to copy them to the new iPhone?
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Transfer contacts and SMS from Samsung SGH-X830 to iPhone?

I need to transfer contacts and SMS history from a Samsung SGH-X830 to an iPhone 3G. Preferably, I would like to preserve date/time for SMS messages. How can I achieve this?
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Is biteSMS or iRealSMS a better all-around iPhone SMS replacement app?

Which one is better in terms of features, ease-of-use, and performance?
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How can I hide the onscreen keyboard in the iOS messaging app?

When I enter the text message / SMS "app" and tap on the input field a keyboard pops up. When I'm done writing and have sent the message I would like to dismiss the keyboard again. I haven't found out ...
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BBM-like iPhone app?

I keep hearing all this hoopla about BBM (Blackberry Messenger) and I want in on the fun. Is there anything similar to BBM out there for the iPhone? I heard WhatsApp was something like it, but just ...