Perhaps you have a message you need to send to all your colleagues that must reach them right away. Or maybe you’ve had a change in plans and need to alert your friends immediately. No matter what the scenario, however, mass messages can be quite cumbersome as you try to recall each name and add them to your ‘Send’ list.
Thankfully, Mass Text Message by David Livengood presents users with an extremely easy and cost efficient way to send one text message to as many people as necessary. Users need only create their own custom groups in order to start sending messages to everyone involved without having to select each name one-by-one.
When starting up Mass Text Message, simply begin by tapping the ‘+’ icon in the top right corner to create your first group. Here, you will name your group and then select names from your contacts list to add to the selected group. You may create as many groups as necessary, though the developer suggests limiting each group’s contacts to no more than 100 names, for service can become unreliable if the message must be sent to more than 100 people at any given time. Once you have completed creating your groups, simply tap the group’s name, type your message and send the message off within moments.
If you wish to send a message to the majority of a certain group, but would like to remove a few members from the ‘Send’ list, Mass Text Message makes adding and deleting simple in all respect. To temporarily remove one or more contacts from the ‘Send’ list, simply tap their name while in Group view to keep them from receiving that specific message. If you eventually decide to remove a contact from your list, or even an entire group, users can edit their lists any time they like.
Designed to boost productivity, Mass Text Message also employs something called ReadyText Mobile. With Mass Text Message, users can keep a list of frequently sent messages with ReadyText in order to have said messages readily at hand so they may spread the word even faster with just a few simple taps.
What truly sold me, however, is that Mass Text Message stands out above most other text messaging applications because it works as an extension of the Messaging application already standard on every iPhone. Many other texting applications promise free texting but only if those you are texting also use the exact same application. Others will claim to charge you cheaper monthly or annual rates as compared to your service provider (though only those with the same application can correspond once again).
But, with Mass Text Message, users can send their message within the application, while others can reply via the Messaging application. This way, users can still enjoy the convenience of Mass Text Message without needing the rest of their contact list to own an iPhone and use the same exact application. And, without added cost, you don’t have to shell out additional money for a separate messaging plan when you’re already paying for the general plan that your service provider requires. Your messages, in fact, will appear in your normal Messages history, with all replies appearing in the actual Messaging application as well. Users need only make sure they upgrade to iOS4 in order to utilize the in-app SMS functionality.
For those who want to give Mass Text Message a try, check out the basic version also available in the App Store, which allows you to experience the key attributes. To see a demonstration of Mass Text Messaging in action, click here.
Mass Text Message requires iPhone OS 3.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone. A small expedite fee was paid by the developer to speed up the publication of this review.