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Six great ways to get more from SMS and your phone

Tips and tools to get more from texting

Text messaging isn't just kid's stuff anymore. Use these amazing online tools to turn any SMS-capable phone into a productivity powerhouse.

5. Transfer files to your phone

Savvy users know that the easiest way to move a file between PCs is to email it to yourself. So why not take the same approach for transferring a file to your phone?

Unfortunately, it's not always that easy: many phones balk at email file attachments due to size or format. And what if your phone isn't set up to fetch email anyway? Your only option is a traditional PC-to-phone connection, which usually requires a special cable or a complicated Bluetooth configuration.

Enter Beam It Up Scotty, a free web-based service that leverages SMS to send just about any kind of file to your phone.

Just browse your hard drive for the desired file - document, photo, MP3, movie, or whatever - and then choose a compression setting. Beam It Up Scotty can automatically optimise video and audio files for mobile-phone playback and can compress other kinds of files for speedier transfer.

Finally, enter your mobile number. Within a few minutes you'll receive a text message containing a link to download the file straight to your phone.

  1. Tips to get more from texting
  2. Tracking your deliveries and calories by text
  3. Composing SMS messages by voice
  4. Keep tabs on friends
  5. Transfer files to your phone
  6. Archive your messages


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