Looking for feedback: iPhone SMS management

I’ve started this discussion with a few people individually, but would be interested in getting opinions from just about anyone who uses an iPhone, business or pleasure, and uses SMS/MMS, in relation to offline uses of the information: searching, archiving, reviewing, etc. from your Mac OS machine. Windows users are free to comment as well if you like but please stay away from the platform flamewars. Questions and discussion points after the jump.

Please use the comments, Twitter: hashtag #smsuse or reply to @porruka, or email: software@sentientfood.com to respond, either directly to these topics or if you’re inspired, to ask/talk about uses or needs I haven’t covered. Thanks!

  1. Roughly how many messages do you send/receive a month?
  2. Do you encrypt your iPhone backup?
  3. Do you ever use the “Load more messages” option on the iPhone to go back and review older messages?
  4. Do you use these messages for business/work-related tasks?
  5. Do you have business needs (or legal requirements) to archive/preserve these messages?
  6. Do you already have a solution for archiving/reporting/searching these messages? Are you happy with it?
  7. Are you considered an early adopter? Do you ever find yourself at the Terminal command line?
  8. If you could wave a magic software wand, what features (besides a pony) would you like to see in a product who’s purpose is to “drive access to the communications represented by the SMS/MMS threads on your iPhone”?

I’m sure there are plenty more questions, but this will hopefully start the discussion in wild and wonderful ways.

Thanks for reading and responding!

2 comments on “Looking for feedback: iPhone SMS management

  1. Hey Brad – here’s some feedback:

    1.Roughly how many messages do you send/receive a month?

    a few hundred typically

    2. Do you encrypt your iPhone backup?

    No

    3. Do you ever use the Load more messages option on the iPhone to go back and review older messages?

    Yes, often

    4. Do you use these messages for business/work-related tasks?

    Sometimes

    5. Do you have business needs (or legal requirements) to archive/preserve these messages?

    No, don’t use SMS/MMS for biz stuff – its generally in conflict with corporate IT security policy

    6. Do you already have a solution for archiving/reporting/searching these messages? Are you happy with it?

    Nope
    See #5

    7. Are you considered an early adopter? Do you ever find yourself at the Terminal command line?

    Yes, and I often use the terminal. Often its easier than finding the UI knob for some setting + I just can’t wean myself from VT style terminals

    8. If you could wave a magic software wand, what features (besides a pony) would you like to see in a product whos purpose is to drive access to the communications represented by the SMS/MMS threads on your iPhone?

    But I want a pony…. in lieu of livestock, i guess I’d like a means to sync my SMS/MMS msgs into Mail (like a Smart mailbox or something) – and be able to send SMS/MMS from Mail w/o dealing upfront with the funky addressing of each carrier

    1. Hi Art,

      Thanks for the comments. The idea of presentation inside of Mail isn’t one I had even considered. I’ll have to look into that. I’m assuming you’re thinking something like the RSS feeds are today?

      Send/receive is also a new idea (well, not included in my idea for the app I’m asking about, anyway). But since you mentioned it,… are you thinking about having an app divine what carrier a particular number is on, the ability to store the carrier per contact, dynamic selection of carrier, or what? How would you envision what you want actually working?

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