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HT3462 Is this article still true?

408 Views 1 Reply Latest reply: Jun 12, 2013 1:43 PM by Ralph Johns (UK) RSS
Gregrocks00 Calculating status...
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Jun 11, 2013 4:11 PM

Is this article still correct. i tried to do this in the messages app on my computer and it didnt work.

MacBook Air, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • Ralph Johns (UK) Level 9 Level 9 (66,835 points)
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    Jun 12, 2013 1:43 PM (in response to Gregrocks00)



    The answer is a sort of yes and no at the same time.


    It is still possible to send SMS via an AIM Buddy list.

    Howerver the Menu items that used to exist are not longer there.


    It can only be text.

    It Has to be from a Computer that has been set to the USA region.

    The phone in question has to be on a US carrier in this list



    You need an AIM account in Messages > Preferences > Accounts  (it can be an AIM valid ID such as a Apple ID ending in, or

    It needs to be enabled.


    If you are not displaying Buddy lists go to the Window Menu in Messages.

    The default is for a combined Buddy list ("Buddies" in the menu).

    They can be separated out in the Preferences > General Section  > And unticking the "Gather all Accounts into one List"


    IN the AIM Buddy list click the Add Buddy + icon at the bottom of the Buddy List and chose Add Buddy.

    Add the phone Number as if it were a Buddy's Screen Name with a leading +1 in front  (as in +1234567890)

    It will be automatically formatted.


    In the Contacts List you can Set the Edit option for a Contact and Add the phone Number as an AIM Screen Name there.

    I tend not to do this as if they have an AIM name as well you cannot tell which is On Line without mousing over the Buddy list.


    If you do add them to the Contacts list as their Own card it will look a bit like this

    Screen Shot 2013-06-12 at 9.40.24 PM.png


    This is obviously a Mocked up Card and Number  and will not work  (you will get a response from the AIM servers saying it is not valid.)






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