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    I know this has probably been discussed around here before, but I can't find the answer.

    Is there a way to use an instant messaging program with SMS without using up valuable cell minutes? I'd love to be able to shoot SMS messages to someone and have that show up on their instant messaging program.
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    I know ICQ has some kind of SMS functionality, but I never used it... you might want to look into that...
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    If you are voicestream customer they have aol messanger gateway to sms. So you comunicate with other aol buddys using sms rather than connecting to the web.
    For more info go to voicestream web site.
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    Originally posted by heberman
    I know this has probably been discussed around here before, but I can't find the answer.

    Is there a way to use an instant messaging program with SMS without using up valuable cell minutes? I'd love to be able to shoot SMS messages to someone and have that show up on their instant messaging program.
    I had the same question. I tried Aol IM on my treo this morning, it worked great, but you have to be dialled in, of course. My old Sprint PCS phone had an AIM client for the clunky WAP browser, and if I left myself logged in, when an IM came my phone chirped.

    I was thinking that if I could find an API to connect to AIM I could make my own little gateway that received AIMs and emailed them to my SMS email address. But it should already have been done.. How does the Voicestream one work, and what do we poor Cingular folks do?

    Colin
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    Looks like AOL have done it already, though no mention of Cingular. I'll try it anyway, anyone else game enough?

    AIM/SMS: http://www.aol.com/aim/mobile/sms/index.htm
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    I tried setting up my AIM on the voicestream website. Basically you set up your buddie list and they send they automatically set up your buddie list through sms. They sent me around 10 sms messages saying it was updating my sim card, but it doesn't look like the buddies were added to my contact list. I'm not sure what went wrong. Someone else try it and let me know if their buddies show up in their contact list.
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    From your MSN messenger, you can send and SMS message to the Treo (you set up the mobile part). On the treo there is no "buddy list", you must receive the message and can reply.
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    Depending on how large your SMS bucket is, you can use Quick Chat 2.0. Looks like it fits your bill. the other bill for it is $12.50
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    I just set up Voicestream/AOL's instant messanging service with SMS. You just type in an SMS number (4646) with your screen name and password in the message area to sign in. A few seconds later, you get a return SMS listing the online status of all of your "buddies". You can then send each buddy an instant message through SMS, or they can send one to you via AOL's instant messaging system.

    You can sign off, add buddies, etc. using other SMS numbers. Very slick process. Hats off to Voicestream and AOL for doing this.
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    Originally posted by heberman
    I just set up Voicestream/AOL's instant messanging service with SMS. You just type in an SMS number (4646) with your screen name and password in the message area to sign in. A few seconds later, you get a return SMS listing the online status of all of your "buddies". You can then send each buddy an instant message through SMS, or they can send one to you via AOL's instant messaging system.

    You can sign off, add buddies, etc. using other SMS numbers. Very slick process. Hats off to Voicestream and AOL for doing this.
    I tried it with my Cingular Treo just in case, but I didn't get a reply back from "4646". Is there any way to figure out if and when Cingular would add this service? I guess the only way is to wait. But what about the email gateway?

    By the way, +1XXXXXXXXXX@icqsms.com worked for me (mail sent there got to my phone). This doesn't buy me much but it's shorter than the wireless.mycingular.com address. ICQ's regular ICQ->SMS doesn't seem to work with Cingular yet. (Why do I get the feeling Cingular is always going to be behind the curve on this stuff?)

    Colin
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    Originally posted by heberman
    I just set up Voicestream/AOL's instant messanging service with SMS. You just type in an SMS number (4646) with your screen name and password in the message area to sign in. A few seconds later, you get a return SMS listing the online status of all of your "buddies". You can then send each buddy an instant message through SMS, or they can send one to you via AOL's instant messaging system.

    You can sign off, add buddies, etc. using other SMS numbers. Very slick process. Hats off to Voicestream and AOL for doing this.
    Very cool. Of course, this would probably eat up a chunk of my allotted 500 messages pretty quick...
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    Quick question. Does anyone know if Voicestream counts only outgoing sms messages as part of your allotted amount or all outgoing and incoming?
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    Originally posted by bilobaG
    Quick question. Does anyone know if Voicestream counts only outgoing sms messages as part of your allotted amount or all outgoing and incoming?
    According to the Rep I spoke to, they count all incoming and outgoing. Voicemail and system updates are not counted, however.
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    Originally posted by heberman
    I just set up Voicestream/AOL's instant messanging service with SMS. You just type in an SMS number (4646) with your screen name and password in the message area to sign in. A few seconds later, you get a return SMS listing the online status of all of your "buddies". You can then send each buddy an instant message through SMS, or they can send one to you via AOL's instant messaging system.

    You can sign off, add buddies, etc. using other SMS numbers. Very slick process. Hats off to Voicestream and AOL for doing this.
    how do you send a new message to buddies? I can reply, but I can't seem to just send a new one to somebody who hasn't im'ed me first.
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    The easiet thing to do is add a buddy by sending the buddy name to 4648 and the they will get assigned a number. Add the name and number to your address list and start sending messages to them.

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