Still on the fence about whether or not you should Jailbreak your iPhone?
Maybe biteSMS will push you to the dark side.
biteSMS is a full featured SMS client that replaces the built in messaging application on your iPhone. It has some really great features and I consider it a must have for anyone running a Jailbroken phone.
Apart from the pink icon the application itself looks much like the default messaging app that’s on the iPhone.
Instead of just the compose button you’ll also have a settings button as well.
The settings are quite detailed.
The first thing to configure is whether you’ll send SMS messages via your own cellular carrier or via biteSMS. If you choose biteSMS you’ll need to buy credits.
In the United States credits are .10 cents per message.
You can set details about your own carrier’s SMS plan which helps track how many messages you’ve sent.
You can also enable or disable to Quick Reply feature, Quick Compose, Auto Correct and Smileys.
Where bitSMS really shines is with its Quick Reply and Quick Compose feature.
Normally when an SMS message comes into your iPhone you have to leave whatever application your in to view and respond to the message.
Same holds true if you wish to send a new SMS message.
biteSMS allows you not only to read the message anywhere, but to respond to it or compose a new message, no matter what app or screen you’re on.
If you want to compose a message the default way you can do that too, right from the app.
But let’s say you want to compose a message right from the springboard.
You simply press the volume rocker and then tap the audio icon. (Your volume rocker continues to work just like it always has.)
This launches the biteSMS compose box.
You may then enter a phone number or a contact already in your address book.
Type out your message and when you’re ready hit send.
The message gets sent right from there and you see its progress in a bar on the screen.
When a new message arrives the biteSMS window pops up wherever you are.
You can choose to quickly respond to the message right in the box or to launch the traditional messaging app to view the message again or respond to the message there.
Even while reading my e-mail I’m able to send/read new incoming SMS messages without ever leaving my Mail Inbox.
biteSMS is one of those applications that makes you question why it wasn’t included in the iPhone OS. It makes messaging so much easier.
I’ve only touched on a few of the key features in this review and biteSMS has a lot more.
You can purchase biteSMS one of two ways. Either purchase credits for .10 cents each or if you don’t need credits buy a full license and use your own carrier to send/receive for $5.95.
You can learn more about biteSMS on the developer’s web site.
M.S.R.P. – 10 cents a message or $5.95 for full license
What I like – send & receive SMS messages from anywhere on the phone.
What I don’t like – nothing.