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HT3462: iChat: How to send SMS messages

Learn about iChat: How to send SMS messages

HT3462 does the person need to have an iphone in order for me to communicate with them?

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I want to text someone who doesn't have an iphone or internet on their phone, is it person to use ichat to contact them?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,825 points)



    You can use SMS if the person is in thre United States and uses the "right" carrier.


    Up to at least iChat 5 (Snow Leopard) the Computer could be set as if is were in the United States and the SMS options would show in the File Menu and Buddies menu of iChat.

    This is set in System Preferences > Language and Text  (in the Personal row before you get to the Security and Privacy/Firewall one)


    The phone number could then be added as if it were a Buddy to the Buddy list with a leading + 1 as in +1234567890.


    That phone has to be in the United States on one of these Carriers


    By the time Messages comes along in Mountain Lion the SMS menu items disappear even though the app can still send SMS to AIM "phone Buddies"

    I am not sure about OS X 10.7.x and iChat 6.x as I don't have a computer that can run that version at the moment (well I do but it is running Mountain Lion)



    9:44 PM      Sunday; March 3, 2013

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


      iMac 2.5Ghz 5i 2011 (Mountain Lion 10.8.2)
     G4/1GhzDual MDD (Leopard 10.5.8)
     MacBookPro 2Gb (Snow Leopard 10.6.8)
     Mac OS X (10.6.8),
     Couple of iPhones and an iPad

    "Limit the Logs to the Bits above Binary Images."  No, Seriously


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