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Advanced SMS forwarding from a handset

Has anyone come across a really smart, comprehensive ‘SMS forwarding’ solution at all? Here’s what I’m looking for.

I’ve got quite a few different numbers. I maintain them for all sorts of reasons, primarily because it’s necessary for me to have an account on different networks for testing purposes.

People forget what my primary phone number is, so just text me on whatever number they have. I therefore miss quite a lot of text messages.

I’d like to install an application on my phones that, when a text message arrives, forwards it to my primary handset number. (Or, come to think of it, to an email address.) Ideally I’d like the application to use a web aggregator so that the text message can be sent to me from the originator’s number.

Quite happy to pay per text for this.

I’ve seen a few different applications for S60 and the like. Does anyone have a preference or a recommendation?

By Ewan

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18 replies on “Advanced SMS forwarding from a handset”

I have been on the look out for this myself – this is a niche that needs to be addressed!! Looking forward to suggestions. Good call.

also interest in such an app. At moment my solution is to block all incoming calls and texts to the secondary number but of course callers dont know there texts are blocked, they think its been sent as normal, but my silence normally gives them a hint something has gone wrong somewhere's. However they do get a message if they make a call.

Why can't SMS be as flexible as email?
– auto-forwarding?
– autoreply?
– scheduled delivery? (there was a Nokia Communicator that had that feature)

Strikes me that you might be better offer with an intelligent forwarding solution based around one, non-handset based, number.

Something web-based so you can control it centrally and set up rules that Bert and Ernie (or a group called Sesame) go to one number and Donatello, Raphael (TMNT) go to another number. The remainder could go to a catch-all number.

The issue is going to be keeping the contacts in sync, depends on how often your 'want to hear from' list is going to change.

Our Web SMS will do half of what you want currently (ie forwarding from one common, mainland UK, number to another number) and we're underway on a major re-vamp that could easily include the group/contact filtering

As for the contact syncing, might have something up my sleeve. Give me a call/email if you want to discuss this in more detail.

My problem is I've got two numbers — a 3 number and a T-Mobile number —
that I'd like redirected. I don't think you can do anything other than keep
them on their sim cards with their accounts active?

Ewan, at Anam we recognised that it is common for people to have more than one phone and many contacts which means messages can become misplaced. We put our heads together on this and developed an application that allows you to automatically copy, forward and store SMSs to more than one phone. This means you can switch phones as often as you like, whenever the mood suits ensuring all SMSs

Ewan, at Anam we recognised that it is common for people to have more than one phone and many contacts which means messages can become misplaced. We put our heads together on this and developed an application that allows you to automatically copy, forward and store SMSs to more than one phone. This means you can switch phones as often as you like, whenever the mood suits ensuring all SMSs “follow you”. The service is called Messaging+ and you can check it out here: http://www.anam.com/messaging.php.

If might not be for the normobs as you call them, but it will certainly appeal to heavy mobile and texting users as well as business users.

Ewan, at Anam we recognised that it is common for people to have more than one phone and many contacts which means messages can become misplaced. We put our heads together on this and developed an application that allows you to automatically copy, forward and store SMSs to more than one phone. This means you can switch phones as often as you like, whenever the mood suits ensuring all SMSs “follow you”. The service is called Messaging+ and you can check it out here: http://www.anam.com/messaging.php.

If might not be for the normobs as you call them, but it will certainly appeal to heavy mobile and texting users as well as business users.

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