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Address Book: sms sending

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Ken Hosking Calculating status...
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Nov 4, 2007 11:31 AM
The previous version of Address Book had a useful function whereby sms messages could be sent via a bluetooth enabled phone from Address Book. In Leopard the button used to connect the mobile phone has disappeared and the facility to send an sms directly appears to have gone (although the ability to send sms messages via Skype remains.

Are there any means of restoring this useful function?
MacBookPro, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • paolocorno Calculating status...
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    Nov 4, 2007 12:27 PM (in response to Ken Hosking)
    I am having the same problem. At my office the signal of my cell phone is really bad and I found that I was able to receive calls and sms using a bluetooth earphone and my mac ans placing the cell phone in a lucky corner. Now I am looking for an alternate solution. I am really glad that Apple told bout 300 new features, but nobody told the users about the features that tere taken out.
    Cheers
    Paolo
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5), Win XP pro on Parallels
  • Fhx1274 Calculating status...
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    Nov 12, 2007 10:19 AM (in response to Ken Hosking)
    Yes it seems Apple ditched these functionnalities with 10.5 !

    I stumbled on this last week after upgrading the PowerBook. At first I thought I had missed something to get this feature activated, but after looking around and around I had to came to the sorry realization that this feature is no more !

    Thanks Apple !! This one was really cool and useful !
    Mac Pro, PowerBook G4 12", PowerMac G4 FW800, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • Philip Raby1 Calculating status...
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    Nov 13, 2007 1:49 AM (in response to Ken Hosking)
    I do wonder if Apple has done a deal with Skype to encourage people to do this. Sadly, for me in the UK it is cheaper to send texts from my phone, because I get a bundle of free texts each month. I'm using BluePhoneElite which is good but not as handy as Address Book
    24inch Intel iMac, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • Aliaslon Calculating status...
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    Dec 3, 2007 3:48 PM (in response to Ken Hosking)
    Just like Microsoft...... the address book need back the ability to send sms messages.
    and so the iphone with no Video ? fill like things going backwads
    3GHZ Quad, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Dunken Calculating status...
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    Dec 7, 2007 8:03 AM (in response to Philip Raby1)
    Same in Ireland - it would be much cheaper for me to send through my normal mobile provider. As everybody else here, I have used this AddressBook feature all the time and impressed my non-Mac colleagues with it. To simply remove such a useful, simple and unobtrusive feature seems like madness. What has happened here?!
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • lynjon1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
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    Dec 13, 2007 4:56 AM (in response to Ken Hosking)
    This is not just an SMS issue. This applies to all attempts to send info from the Mac to a bluetooth-enabled phone. Given that Apple have seemingly stopped adding phones to iSync the only way to get address book info onto an unsupported phone was to use the very useful "send this card" command in Address book. Now this facility has disappeared. Call me cynical but could it just be that this is an attempt to persuade us to buy an iPhone?
    iMac Intel, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Nik Green Calculating status...
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    Dec 19, 2007 5:07 AM (in response to Ken Hosking)
    In total agreement, Apples decision to remove this seem ridiculous. The best solution I have found is the EmitSMS widget (http://www.apple.com/downloads/dashboard/email_messaging/emitsms.html)

    This can read your AB contacts without AB being open and sends perfectly (at least it does on O2 in the UK) The only thing missing is the ability to display incoming messages on screen.

    Hope this is useful.
    iMac G5 20" 1.8ghz 160GB HD 1.25gb Ram, Mac OS X (10.5.1), External 250gb Iomega MiniMax HD, 4mb Cable Broadband via Netgear Router
  • TerriZeee Calculating status...
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    Dec 19, 2007 5:15 AM (in response to Ken Hosking)
    Been using this and really like it.
    http://mirasoftware.com/BPE2/
    Macbook Pro 17" plus others, Mac OS X (10.5)
  • Murray Smith Calculating status...
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    Jan 12, 2008 2:28 AM (in response to Ken Hosking)
    I can't agree more - iphone does not support this feature, and so they have disabled other phones. My brother always said i should have shares in apple because i think so highly of them, but this of all the things that have changes in leopard is the one that has made me realise at the end of the day that they are just like all the other companies out there after our cash
    1.5GHz 12 G4 PowerBook
  • christian studer Calculating status...
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    Jan 12, 2008 2:45 AM (in response to Ken Hosking)
    The feature ist gone. I'm using emitSMS too as a replacement.

    Let's all leave feedback here to ask it back: http://www.apple.com/feedback/macosx.html
    MacBook White 2ghz 2gb, Mac OS X (10.5.1)
  • Colpolyp Calculating status...
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    Jan 31, 2008 6:23 AM (in response to Ken Hosking)
    Well.... but why does Apple still mention this function on the website?
    See: http://www.apple.com/macbook/wireless.html
    PowerMac G5
  • Maxi76 Calculating status...
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    Feb 22, 2008 10:00 AM (in response to Colpolyp)
    For the brushed metal look of the address book it refers to 10.4 whick I had up to this monday when I upgraded to 10.5.

    It's really a shame and I'm already leaving a feedback to Apple.
    Let's just hope this feature returns whith an upgrade.

    Maxi.
    iMac Intel Core 2 Duo 20" ALU, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Cthulhu Level 1 Level 1 (60 points)
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    Mar 5, 2008 12:16 PM (in response to TerriZeee)
    I tried BluePhoneElite but it just wasn't stable enough for me. I would sometimes have entire conversations before the window finally came up that I had an incoming call, and it crashed very frequently. Dialing from AddressBook also just beachballed for me, and never functioned.

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    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.1)

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