Jailbreak App – biteSMS for iPhone: Feature-Rich, Easier and Cheaper way to SMS

biteSMS app - Cydia

I send and receive a lot of SMS and have always missed the feature of forwarding messages. I was also looking for a cheaper SMS service (cheaper, not free :)).

I thought that carriers would not allow any other SMS app that competes against iPhone’s native SMS app. Surprisingly though, the App Store does have number of iPhone apps that claim to send free SMS. Unfortunately, none of these apps deliver and have barely managed to get past the single star rating in the App store.

Note: biteSMS only works if you have a jailbroken iPhone.

Finally, I found a perfect app called biteSMS at Cydia, the application management/installation package for jailbreak apps, and it has been a delight ever since I downloaded this app. I have been using this app for quite sometime and wanted to write about it so others can take advantage.

How to get this app?

Launch Cydia and type ‘biteSMS’ in the Search section.

Click and install the one that reads ‘from BigBoss & Planet iPhone’. (this app should be the first one in the list and has a symbol of little pink box)

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Functionality:

biteSMS app does not claim to be a free SMS service, it charges a certain amount for sending a set number of SMS. I think the reason its cheaper is because it uses iPhone’s data connection and not over the iPhone carrier’s network.

Cost:

Once you have installed the app, it will ask you to buy credits. Each credit allows you to send one SMS, you can choose from the available list of credits and if required change the Payment Currency that suits yours.

In order to send SMS, you can buy credits from biteSMS for 10 cents a message. If you want to send the messages using your phone carrier then you should go for the full license for $5.95 (remember that it does not include any credits).

You then have to enter your mobile number (iPhone) and select the relevant country.

biteSMS app - Cydia

User Interface:

I found it extremely easy to switch to biteSMS as my primary SMS app. Once you have installed the app and bought credits, go to the Settings section in the biteSMS app and select ‘biteSMS’ option under “Send SMS Messages via”. The app will keep a display the number of credits left with each SMS that you send using this app.

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When you open the biteSMS app, it will show you all the existing conversations similar to the way they are shown in iPhone’s native SMS app.

You can delete a messages by swiping your finger across it and hitting the ‘delete’ option, or by using Edit option to remove the messages.

If you want to send a new message then just click on the new message icon at the top right. This will open up a New Message screen, select the recipients and type the message.

Note: Next to the text box, you will see a big button that will read ‘Send via biteSMS’ or ‘Send via Carrier’. You can switch between carriers by pressing and holding this button.

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Features:

biteSMS comes with many features that go beyond the current capabilities of iPhone’s native SMS app. Although, the iPhone OS 3.0 should be able to bridge some of these gaps.

Forward Messages: The most notable feature is the ability to forward messages. Just swipe across any conversation or message bubble and it will come up with an option menu. If you select ‘Forward’ then it will take you to a new screen (with the selected message already typed in). Just select the contact(s) that you want to forward the message to and hit the send button.

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Landscape Mode: You can type text messages in landscape mode. As I am more comfortable typing in landscape mode, I found it really useful.

Quick Reply: This feature allows you to send an instant reply to an incoming message, while using any iPhone app so it saves you the trouble of exiting the iPhone app and launching biteSMS to reply to a text message. The ‘send’ buttons displays a small bubble on top, pink colour indicates that the message will be sent via biteSMS app and blue color indicates that the message will be sent via the phone carrier. Switching carriers is easy, just press and hold the ‘Send’ button and a nice little glow will let you know that the carriers have been switched.

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Quick Compose: This is another smart feature. In order to quickly compose a new message while you are using any other iPhone app, simply press the Volume Up button and then click on the ‘Quick Compose SMS’ button that appears on your iPhone screen.

Privacy: Under the ‘Settings’ option, you can choose if you want to hide the identity of the sender or the entire message from getting displayed.

Emoticons: Just right-swipe on the text box and you will see the list of emoticons. Simply click the one you want to use. This feature is only available for iPhone firmware 2.2 and higher.

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Verdict:

I found this app to be a good replacement to the built-in SMS application on iPhone. biteSMS comes with loads of smart and very useful features and most importantly it works! The iPhone OS 3.0 will come with most of the features that biteSMS currently has and biteSMS is gearing up for it by planning to introduce MMS, full landscape and more features that will eventually get clearer with time.

Let me know what you think about biteSMS in the comments section below!

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  • Dirk

    long time biteSMS user here too. If you intend to purchase credits it is essentially a free app, which is awesome. I am an AT&T customer so I have a large bundle of SMS messages which I never use up, but I do use biteSMS to send text messages to my friends abroad for a much cheaper rate of $.10 (compared to about $.25 per int'l text on AT&T). it's feature-rich and great for international texting. one of my favorite jb'ed apps for sure.

  • http://www.freegadgets4you.co.uk freegadgets4you

    LoL you have xsellize on your repos

    Did you buy this app?……..really?

  • http://profile.typepad.com/6p01157091826d970b maverick

    wow! You have an eagle's eye!

    But
    I still see xsellize when I type 'bitesms' in the Search box in Cydia. (now it appears at the top of the list)

  • http://www.gamingevolution.info wolverinemarky

    so whats the license part I never understood that, do u need to buy credits or can u just buy the license and send sms messages

  • Juffs

    @wolverinemarky: if you just want to send messages via your carrier (e.g. if you have unlimited texting) then buy a license. If you pay a lot for messages, then buy credits (they include a 12 month license) and send via bite.

  • Bastian Gatten

    Ok sending messages abroad this is great app. But once OS 3.0 rolls out. I won't have much use for it. And you can get 100 internation texts from AT&T for $10 at the moment.

  • millca

    What about receiving sms? What does that cost?

  • http://youtube.com major

    haha i noticed it right of the bat. Xsellize all the way man.

  • wolverinemarky

    ok i think i will hold out for os 3.0 i have unlimited messaging through my carrier so all i would need is to buy a license and not credits

  • Daniel

    there is another cool service that translates your text messages to voice which you can then listen to on landlines. there is more information on this site – http://www.text2land.com/ – can work with iPhone or any other phone

  • http://google.com Yaka

    biteSMS 4.1 Crack

    bitesms_4.1.deb -> http://moourl.com/biteSMS_4_1_crack

    1. SHH to /private/var/mobile
    paste the 'bitesms_4.1.deb' file

    *You can use Cyberduck on Mac Os X
    and for Windows you can use Winscp

    2. Open 'MobileTerminal' (on your iPhone/iPod)

    If you don't have Terminal, goto
    Cydia > Search > MobileTerminal
    and install MobileTerminal

    3. In Terminal typ the follow:

    a. cd /private/var/mobile

    b. su

    c. password is: alpine

    d. dpkg -i bitesms_4.1.deb

    4. You got a full license:)

    This method really works!

    Picture tutorial:
    http://i27.tinypic.com/hun60j.jpg

  • ian

    hey if im over seas from my carrier and i get this app will i still get charged for international txt cuz im roaming?

  • soccer mom

    bitesms is the best app, only wish u can receive messages on bitesms n not ur service provider.
    PLEASE ADD A FEATURE WHERE BITESMS IS THE ONLY ONE THAT RECEIVES WORLDWIDE MESSAGES NOT YOUR SERVICE PROVIDER

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  • http://www.algarve-holiday-villas.com MARK

    Does this work in Portugal, am in the algarve renting holiday villas and have to text many clients, at the moment using skype which is around 0.8euro per text. Works well as you can text anyone in any country but looking for a cheaper option.