Send SMS Text Messages to Cell Phones from AIM on iChat
The title says it all, you can send and receive SMS text messages through AIM, Messages, or iChat by following these simple instructions. If you are so inclined, there is even a simple bash script allowing you to interface with iChat through the command line for such purposes. This is a great tip, and apparently the ability to send SMS messages through the AIM protocol has been around a while, and it still works today as long as you have AIM setup.
Sending an SMS Message from AIM / iChat
- Hit Command-Shift-N to bring up a New Chat window
- Enter in the phone number you wish to text message in the following format: +18005551212
- +1 is the country code for the USA, so if you want to try other countries, change it accordingly. +44 for the UK, +49 for Germany, etc
- Note: I have only tested this in the USA, so no guarantees with other countries
As you can see from the screenshots, you will get often a message confirming that the instant message was sent to a mobile carrier. Because it is AIM that allows for this, technically this tip should work for Adium and other AIM supporting protocols as well, but I haven’t tested them.
By the way, new versions of OS X supports native sending and receiving of SMS text messaging in Messages app, which is handled through the iPhone itself. That’s a better solution for modern Macs running new software with an iPhone handy.
Getting a bit geekier, you can also send SMS and IM’s through iChat via the command line with this simple bash script, though you must have an AIM account configured to do so (found in the comments on MacOSXHints, credit to their user ‘below’):
# Apparently, iChat wants it that way
repeat with a in (every account where id is "AIM:$1")
send "$2" to a
Simply paste that into a text file with nano, save it as sendsms.sh, chmod +x sendsms.sh, and type ./sendsms +18185551212 "hello"
Note that the above bash script still requires iChat to be open, and still sends the SMS through iChat, allowing the conversation to continue in a typical iChat window.
This secondary script is a nice little find from MacOSXHints.