I admit it. I’m addicted to texting on my iPhone. And I’m over 30. I’m also a sucker for one-trick-pony Mac apps that don’t cost a dime.
Imagine my surprise when I found a Mac app that lets me send SMS text messages from my Mac to my iPhone. I know what you’re thinking. Why? Me, too. Why climb mountains? Because they’re there. Why send text from your Mac? Because you can.
How Many Ways Can You Send Text Messages?
Texting is fun, even for adults, so I don’t view it as the domain of the under 20 crowd. Or, even the under 30 crowd. SMS texting on your iPhone is a quick and easy way to stay in contact with friends and loved ones.
It’s not Twitter. It’s not Facebook. It’s not iChat or FaceTime.
Texting is what it is and it’s also a huge money maker for AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and other cell phone companies who learned how to get users addicted and then gouge them on price. It’s the American way.
So, wouldn’t it be cool to be able to sit down on your Mac and send a text message through your iPhone to your friends and family? I know what you’re think this time, too. Why not just grab your iPhone to send the text message?
Hey, life is short. You only have so many hand and arm motions in a lifetime, so don’t squander them in useless effort. You’re already on the Mac, why not use it instead?
Send It From Your Mac
SMS sender for your Mac is a simple and free app that lets you send text messages from your Mac’s keyboard, to your iPhone, to be sent from your iPhone to whomever, and wherever.
Isn’t this just another way to do the same thing? Nope. It’s multiple ways to do the same thing. SMS sender requires a similar app called SMS client (from the same company) to be on your iPhone, so it can connect to your Mac, so it can retrieve your Mac-induced text message, and then send it from your iPhone.
Whew. Talk about your convoluted, extra step, high tech solutions. SMS sender is a good example of a solution looking for a problem.
Maybe it’s my bias for practicality showing through. Maybe there are plenty of Mac users who don’t want their hands to stray from the Mac keyboard, who don’t want their eyes to stray from the Mac’s screen. But, really, is it that much extra effort to lean over and grab the iPhone to do the obvious?
There must be half a dozen iPhone apps that send text messages which bypass AT&T’s expense text plan.
SMS Mac is one that does it straight from your Mac and even bypasses the iPhone connection step.
I’m all in favor of inexpensive solutions to a problem. But call me old school. I still think it’s important for a solution to have a problem to solve.