An iPhone 3G doesn’t come cheap, in fact, most monthly plans are pretty expensive. Yet bloggers are constantly writing about ways to save some money with the shiny object – such as VoIP calling (and not having to buy an iPod or GPS system). This morning I stumbled on a money-saving plan that concerns the most unfairly priced mobile technology of our time: SMS texting. It’s ridiculous how much we have to pay for transferring such a small amount of data. If we had to download a song from iTunes for SMS data costs, we’d pay €3,770 (based on calculations by Sam from a gthing science project).
So I don’t know about you, but I welcome every possibility to take away some money from this billion dollar SMS business. Here’s one:
- Download and install the free AIM client from the App Store.
- In your IM client, create a new contact whose AIM address is a plus sign and the mobile number of the recipient, such as “+31641510902”.
- Start texting away by looking up the new buddy on your AIM software. He or she will receive a SMS text message, yet the reply will end up in your AIM client.
Just so you know, this also works with an iPod Touch.