7 Replies Latest reply: Feb 1, 2013 12:39 PM by Ralph Johns (UK)
joeholmes Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Can I use Messages to send an SMS text to a standard cell phone?


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  • 1. Re: Mountain Lion Messages and SMS to a Cell Phone
    KiltedTim Level 8 Level 8 (37,765 points)

    No. Sorry.

  • 2. Re: Mountain Lion Messages and SMS to a Cell Phone
    cbs20 Level 4 Level 4 (2,750 points)

    No Messages is used for the Apple iMessage service and other online chat services such as Google, Yahoo, and AIM.

  • 3. Re: Mountain Lion Messages and SMS to a Cell Phone
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,480 points)

    Hi,

     

    This remains a yes and no situation.

     

    The Yes Factors

    If the person is in the United States and on a  carrier that supports it the AIM service can send SMS messages to a phone number.

     

    The phone Number gets added as the "Screen Name" with a leading +1 for the country code (it never got rolled out further) as in +1234567890

     

    The Computer also has to be set as if it is in the United States (Actually this was a requirement for iChat versions though to at least iChat 5 to show the SMS items in the menus)
    Messages just seems to send the SMS to the phone number.

     

    The NO  Factors

    Anywhere else in the world.

    Anyone who's phone is not on the listed Phone Services

     

     

     

     


    10:46 PM      Tuesday; September 11, 2012


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  • 4. Re: Mountain Lion Messages and SMS to a Cell Phone
    Zarquon42 Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)

    Okay, that worked in iChat, but it does not seem to work in Messages. When I try it, it returns

     

    Your message could not be sent. +1 (000) 000-0000 is not registered with iMessage.

     

    So how do we make this work in Messages?

  • 5. Re: Mountain Lion Messages and SMS to a Cell Phone
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,480 points)

    HI,

     

    That's because you have not followed what I said.

     

    The Yes Factors

    If the person is in the United States and on a  carrier that supports  the AIM service can send SMS messages to a phone number.

    Not the iMessages account.

    Any AIM account.

     

    The computer has to be set as if in the United States. (System Preferences > Language and Text > Region)

    The cell/mobile Phone has to be in the United States (i.e using a United States carrier's number) and the Carrier needs to Support SMS forwarding from AIM.

     

    The said mock +1234567890 in an AIM Buddy list in Messages

    SMS test number.png

     

     

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    8:03 PM      Monday; January 28, 2013


    Please, if posting Logs, do not post any Log info after the line "Binary Images for iChat"

     

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  • 6. Re: Mountain Lion Messages and SMS to a Cell Phone
    Zarquon42 Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)

    Yes, sorry, I meant to post that I'd fixed the issue by adding an AIM account to Messages.

  • 7. Re: Mountain Lion Messages and SMS to a Cell Phone
    Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (67,480 points)

    Glad to hear of your success.

     

     

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    8:38 PM      Friday; February 1, 2013


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