Free SMS Text Messaging on the iPhone

Jul 17, 2008 - 16 Comments

free iphone sms The iPhone 3G is awesome, we all know that, but the rate plans are not. By default there are no text messages included on the plans, and it costs $5 to get only 200 of them. Well guess what, you can get free SMS text messaging on your iPhone by using the AIM protocol. First you’ll need some kind of AIM client for your iPhone, so you can either download the AIM client for iPhone from the App Store, or even use Meebo. Here’s the most important part, add a new buddy to your list, but use the full phone number with a + sign in front of it, like so: +18085551212. The plus sign is crucial because thats what tells the AIM protocol that it is an SMS message. Now you can SMS any phone on any carrier from your iPhone, without using any SMS messages or without having an SMS message plan! If you’re confused, check out the screenshot which shows adding a cell phone number in iChat.

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Posted by: William Pearson in How to, iPhone, Tips & Tricks

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  1. Elias says:

    Great tip! This worked almost with all carriers in my area except for friends who have “Boost Mobile”. They don’t seem to get any of the AIM texting.

  2. Robert S. says:

    Does this work outside the US?

  3. Brian says:

    Great, but can you receive text messages as well through aim without being logged in or not being the originator of the message.

  4. Byron says:

    how do u recieve replies?

  5. Byron says:

    how do u recieve replies?

  6. Adam says:

    I don’t usually point out old things, but soooo old. The AIM to SMS feature has been around for years and years

  7. deadlyicon says:

    oooh someone should write an Adium plugin that added all the phone numbers in your address book as a buddy for this!

  8. kikikikiokik says:

    u guys have amazing stuff well g2g bye

  9. Javi says:

    This is old,but something that not many people know about. You basically reply as if you were having an aim conversation, yet its free and no text messaging cost.

    Also is cool because it keeps your text conversation in a thread format just like Iphone Texting, unlike my old phone which would cause confusion having 4 different conversations at once, yet all the texts come in randomly.

  10. Jacob says:

    Has this website stopped or something ?

  11. SuperMac says:

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  12. Marlene says:

    Good new, I like to read SMS, because sometimes I cant say some things in words, but I can write them, so everyday I write a lot of messages and spend a lot of money on them, so your article will help me to spend some money. Thanks a lot.

  13. Chris says:

    Has anyone managed to get this working in the UK?

  14. J├╝rgen Habermas says:

    free sms ha-ha

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