The Ultimate Guide for switching from a PC to a Mac
(Part 2 - coming soon)

Sunday, November 18, 2007

SMS from iCal!

A great tip submitted by Grant Reeder: SMS from iCal! iCal is great if you have an iPhone or another phone that syncs with iCal, but many phones are not easy to sync on the Mac. iCal alarms have many options including the ability of sending out emails, but what if you don't have a Blackberry or another great email device. It doesn't look like there is any text message option in iCal, but it is easily done. Most cell phone carriers nowadays provide you with an email address that when you send something less than 160 characters to this email address, you receive it as an SMS. What you have to figure out is what it is for your carrier. So you can use the built-in email function to send the reminder to your phone as an SMS. The only requirements are that you use Mail as your email client and that your computer is not asleep when it has to send the email. Here is a list of US and Canadian carrier SMS emails (you can find this info for most carriers by searching on Google) (please check with your carrier for additional fees):

AT&T: (yourPhoneNumber)
Sprint: (yourPhoneNumber)
T-Mobile: (yourPhoneNumber)
Verizon: (yourPhoneNumber)

Bell: (yourPhoneNumber)
Fido: (yourPhoneNumber)
Rogers: (yourPhoneNumber)
Telus: (yourPhoneNumber)

Thanks for the tip Grant!


Blogger BigBird said...

what about uscellular?

November 18, 2007 at 12:52 AM  
Blogger Zeviet said...

Is there something like ICQ for mac?

November 18, 2007 at 4:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a great Widget called Callwave, that you can use too. You can send anywhere, up to five times a day and carries most US Cell Phones Carriers. Here's the link!

November 18, 2007 at 10:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Yes there is ICQ for Mac ...

November 18, 2007 at 10:56 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...


is much like Trillian on the PC

you can chat with

and several others..

November 18, 2007 at 11:42 AM  
Blogger GrantReeder said...

By the way, Leopard users must have updated to 10.5.1 for this feature to work. There was a bug that prevents it from working in the box-release version. It should work for all Tiger users.

November 18, 2007 at 3:43 PM  

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