How to Get Free Rollover Minutes from AT&T

The rumors are true.

If you’re an AT&T iPhone user, you can get 1,000 free rollover minutes by texting YES to 11113020 by March 31, 2011. That’s all you need to do.

What are you waiting for? Unless you’re reading this post long after the offer is valid. In which case, don’t you wish you were subscribed to my updates?

Android Text Message Bug

The newly discovered SMS bug in Android sure makes “Antennagate” look like it was much ado about nothing. This interesting little snafu will have you sending messages to the wrong contacts. Think about it for a moment – this could be disastrous, depending on who your intended message ends up going to. This issue has been going on for about six months already, so why are we just hearing about it?

On the Android Developer’s Forum, this issue is rated as “Priority – Medium.” MEDIUM? Seriously? Let’s say you called off of work today and want to brag to your BFF about it – but your Android device wings the message to your boss, instead. How fun would that be? I can only imagine all sorts of scenarios in which this wouldn’t be good.

The problem is perhaps not only limited to Android, though. My assistant Kat is a proud iPhone 4 user, and tells me that she’s had this happen on her phone at times, as well… both with the 4th gen and the 3GS she had up until late October. Could this issue be something that just sometimes happens on all operating systems?

This is a very serious issue that Google seems to have been ignoring for the past six months. For a flagship mobile OS capturing such a big market in such a short space of time, this reluctance to acknowledge and fix such a critical issue reflects badly on Google’s stewardship of the Android platform.

Have you ever had this occur on your device? What phone and operating system are you using? Has anyone been able to help resolve the problem?

How to Send SMS Text Messages to Groups of Friends

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So what is Tatango? It’s a free site that allows you to text message umpteen-billion people at once. Standard texting rates will apply, of course. If you have something important to say, why not tell everyone all at once?

There are some other nifty little features as well. For instance, you can broadcast your group messages on a site like Facebook or Twitter – but only if you want to! You can use this for business, to quickly and efficiently get a message to everyone on your team. Oh, and did I mention you don’t even need a phone to send the messages? Oh no – you can send them to your group right from your computer!

One other cool feature is that a keyword allows anyone to join your group from their cell phone. For example: there is now a Geeks group! If you want to join that group and receive all the messages from the people in it, simply text the word GEEKS to 68398 to get started! Or alternately, you can head over to Geeks Text Group to join up.
There’s no easier way of sending one SMS to several people. Try out Tatango today!

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How to Send Free SMS Text Messages on the iPhone or iPod

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Hopefully within a few weeks, InfiniteSMS will be available in iTunes. That will allow you to send free SMS messages from your iPhone or iPod Touch. The App isn’t free, but the texts you send from it will be. Once the App has been released, I will be doing a giveaway where you can win this App for yourself! I have 30 codes to give away!

It’s really easy to use. Once you’ve entered your Google credentials, press the “New SMS” button. Then, key in any number you want to send a message to. Type your message – and send it! You will receive SMS replies free, as well! Messages won’t show up on your phone bill!!

You can send messages for free to any number within the US – even if you are traveling outside of the US at the time you send it! Messages are sent and received through Google using the Google Talk service. Your friend must respond. To prevent spam, Google may block you from sending to someone if they don’t respond after a couple of messages.

Now, as I said, I have 30 of these to give away. In order to win, all you need to do is to go to Twitter and send the following:

@chrispirillo I love sending SMS!

That’s it. If you want to be one of the winners of this App as soon as it’s available, send that tweet!

jordannott: I love sending SMS! Http://

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RandDuren: I love sending SMS!

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claudius753: that&#39s all well and good, but where the hell is MMS! Biggest iPhone flaw IYAM

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How to Get Emoji Emoticons in iPhone SMS Messages Easily

Hat tip to iJustine (and Brent for letting me know):

  1. Buy in iTunes (.99c)
  2. Install and click through any story in the app.
  3. Go navigate through the iPhone’s Settings: General | International | Keyboards | Japanese | toggle Emoji to on
  4. SMS emoji graphics to anyone else who uses an iPhone – just click the globe symbol that should now appear in the SMS keyboard!

iPhone Emoji.jpg

There’s also a way to do this for free (but in my estimation, it’s easier to just spend .99c on the app that’ll do it for you automatically). This should get the emoticons on your iPhone SMS messages.