Text Messaging Is Horrible!

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To fix all Apple needs to do is allow adding a subject.
SMS doesn't support subject. MMS does but the iPhone doesn't support it.

for the majority of the time, you're just sending quick messages anyway... subject is irrelevant. the way Apple threads by recipient is good enough.
 

Standog

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My Palm Treo had text threading and I could mass text. Unfortunetely, I just think that the text messaging on this phone is horrible. It can map a McDonalds in Japan but I can't tell 3 people that dinner plans have changed or give directions to more than one person at a time. Imagine moving and telling people how to get to the BBQ. DAMN!
This might be handy, but like a few others have stated, it's not something that you use on a regular basis, most people that is. I probably have sent around 3 mass emails and most of the time when meeting for dinner or whatever a lot of people are together, so one or two calls accomplishes this goal easily.
 

lilbit10

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I think we're getting signals crossed somewhere because it's definitely on my iPhone and I don't think at this point there are any differences in individual iPhones.

Although! You may need to have set up groups in your contacts on your desktop/laptop computer. And that would be a Mac thing.
Does this mean we have to have mac? or that this can be set up in iTunes?
 

iPaul

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This might be handy, but like a few others have stated, it's not something that you use on a regular basis, most people that is. I probably have sent around 3 mass emails and most of the time when meeting for dinner or whatever a lot of people are together, so one or two calls accomplishes this goal easily.
And like a few OTHERS have stated, it IS something we use on a regular basis - a neccessity for us! I use that feature two or more times a week for my businesss and personal. I am seriously thinking I need to pick up a second cheap phone just to do texting, and there's something wrong with that.
 

Beau

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SMS doesn't support subject. MMS does but the iPhone doesn't support it.
I stand corrected. My old Razr allowed a subject but I could not send pictures in my messages, so I assumed that was part of SMS. It was probably a limitation in my account.

for the majority of the time, you're just sending quick messages anyway... subject is irrelevant. the way Apple threads by recipient is good enough.
They're grouped, not threaded. A thread by definition denotes a topic of discussion.

I send 500-1000 per month and there's about a dozen people who get the bulk of 'em. I routinely clean them once there's about 30-40 messages (usually covering several different threads) lumped together under someone's name, kinda annoying.
 

mannyotr

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Multiple SMS Messages

I kinda have a workaround for those of you that want to mass text people. The way to do this, is find out what the email equivalent of your text message address is for your contacts.

Example. AT&T has a system where you email number@txt.att.net or 555-555-5555@txt.att.net. This will let you type an email, send it to the person's text/email address, and they will receive it as a text message. The only drawback, is that you have to find out what each carriers' email/text address is. Then you have to add an address in your contacts list.

Once you do this, type a message in NOTES, hit the email button, and just add everyone's email/text address. Multiple recipients is possible. I tested it with a couple of my email addresses, and also my iPhone texts, and it works for the ATT network.
I took this idea one step further in order to improve on it just a bit....

As you suggested, I added the SMS email address of the handful of people I usually send messages to (at the same time).

But then I went ahead and created myself a new free Gmail account. I updated the forwarding setting on this account so that every message sent to this account will automatically get forwarded to my number@txt.att.net sms email address.

Then I added this email account to my iPhone.

So now, if I want to text message multiple people, I just create an email (from the new account) and add as many contacts as I want (sms or regular emails). And because of the forwarding feature on the account, when they reply, whether from their phone or email address, the reply will be sent to me as a text message rather than an email message.

Please note that I could have also used Yahoo! Email to do this, but I chose GMail because they don't append an ad at the bottom of every email like Yahoo! does. So the text message goes through cleaner and shorter.
 

DeeRector2

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mass texts

I thought the same thing. We should be able make folders of certain people and text them all at once. If your promoting for a party you wanna text all the partiers. im surprised APPLE didn't see that through.


Is anyone else upset that you can't text message multiple people at once? For example...I have over 500 numbers that I need to continuously keep in contact with. Most of whom need the same info. I would like to know if anyone knows how to mass text people at the same time. One at a time is BS!
 

Beau

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Well this is ironic. I'm about to do some contract work for an upstart that acts as an intermediary providing a potential solution, at least for people where this is for a businesss/marketing function - www.globaltelmedia.com. The CTO confirmed they are getting involved in the club promotion businesss with some of the big Vegas venues. They provide interactive SMS and data management that can be accessed through the web on a normal PC.

And not to be totally spamalicious, there appear to be other alternatives that are more in the generic social networking domain - Dogdgeball, Twitter, 3Jam, UPOC, and MS Slam.
 

firefighterjmar

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Is anyone else upset that you can't text message multiple people at once? For example...I have over 500 numbers that I need to continuously keep in contact with. Most of whom need the same info. I would like to know if anyone knows how to mass text people at the same time. One at a time is BS!

i'm with you. hopefully its added soon.
 
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I took this idea one step further in order to improve on it just a bit....

As you suggested, I added the SMS email address of the handful of people I usually send messages to (at the same time).

But then I went ahead and created myself a new free Gmail account. I updated the forwarding setting on this account so that every message sent to this account will automatically get forwarded to my number@txt.att.net sms email address.

Then I added this email account to my iPhone.

So now, if I want to text message multiple people, I just create an email (from the new account) and add as many contacts as I want (sms or regular emails). And because of the forwarding feature on the account, when they reply, whether from their phone or email address, the reply will be sent to me as a text message rather than an email message.

Please note that I could have also used Yahoo! Email to do this, but I chose GMail because they don't append an ad at the bottom of every email like Yahoo! does. So the text message goes through cleaner and shorter.
One more improvement (in my mind, at least) to this is to use teleflip.com. No, I don't work for them, but it does make it a little easier than figuring out what carriers all your friends have.

Instead of putting 5555555555@txt.att.net for the address (this only works for AT&T subscribers), you can use 5555555555@teleflip.com and it automatically works for all the carriers.

The only downside is that it places a small link to teleflip.com on the end of all messages. :( It's a small price to pay for me because the service is free.
 
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MooShoo,put me on that party list,in Scottsdale almost every weekend hehe.
 

Saurabh

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Well i personally do not text, unless it is with aim, which i enjoy.
 

sp33d

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Is anyone else upset that you can't text message multiple people at once? For example...I have over 500 numbers that I need to continuously keep in contact with. Most of whom need the same info. I would like to know if anyone knows how to mass text people at the same time. One at a time is BS!

Stop spamming people ! :mad:
 

TresChic

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Do this:

SMS -> new message (top right symbol) -> plus symbol (to add from contacts) -> on this page, top left, it says "Groups"

Ok, I got what you said about texting multiple people at once. It is really simple although I didn't know how to do it until I read your post. THANK YOU SO MUCH! Me being a photographer, I do have to send out multiple texts right now, especially since my e-mail is being worked on.

My question is: How do I pass along a text message that someone sends me to more than one person or one person for that fact?
Thank you!
Heather
 

chcorey52

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Im sorry but from what I know you arent able to forward any texts at this time.
 

phred26

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I don't understand what people are saying here about not being about to text to more than one person, because I can.
 

MaverickC17

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I don't understand what people are saying here about not being about to text to more than one person, because I can.
They are talking about being able to select a group that is set up and iPhone will auto load the "To" field with their names rather than opening up the group button and have to select each person manually on the list.

A feature is wanted to be able to make a group and have iPhone load all the names automatically not make you do it manually.

You would also have to be able to pick a mobile # when creating the group for a person because you may have multiple #'s for people (home, work, mobile). Or have it so iPhone only sends a text to mobile #'s.

Whoever makes iSMS get working on this please :)
 

styfle

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i know huh
it went from 09-13-2007
and revived on 04-04-2008
and it was @TresChic's first post lol
 
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