CallWave Text Messaging
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CallWave Text Messaging (formerly known as CallWave SMS Widget) offers free, unlimited text messaging to any US mobile number. Integrates with Mac Address Book Simply type your message in the widget, select a name or phone number and hit send. The widget figures out the carrier.
What's New
Version 3.7: Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.
Requirements
Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 or later



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akrobat commented on 18 Feb 2008
Dear Sir,

Thank you for contacting CallWave Customer Care.

CallWave is no longer offering an International SMS service. If you have a
CallWave account, you can no longer purchase international credits, but you
can still send SMS messages free to the US and Canada. However, in some
countries, we had to terminate accounts due to security concerns and
apologize to those impacted by this decision.

Feel free to contact us for further assistance and include previous
correspondences when replying so we can help you better.

Sincerely,

John McGill.
CallWave Customer Care Representative.

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[Version 3.7]


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Callwave, Inc. (developer) commented on 08 Oct 2007
Hi Todd2000, please send an email to care-sms(at)callwave(dot)com. They will be able to help you receive your verification code.
[Version 3.7]

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todd2000 commented on 14 Oct 2007
I sent an email to that address, but have not received a reply. Do you have any idea why it wouldn't be working? I have Virgin Mobile if it makes a difference.
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Callwave, Inc. (developer) commented on 12 Jul 2007
COMMENTARY2002: We are sorry to hear that you are dissatisfied with the change in Callwave's SMS service. Unfortunately, due to overwhelming demand and costs, we are not able to keep international SMS sends free beyond the beta testing phase. Our service still provides the convenience of sending text messages from your computer and our flat fee international SMS rates are among the lowest available. Users can still send 10 free international messages. To send more you can purchase credits by clicking the message in the widget or going to callwave.com/credits
[Version 3.6.1]


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CallWave (developer) commented on 11 Jul 2007
M Chang: Your CallWave authentication and PIN information lives within the widget, so when you "activate" the widget you are logging in and you will be able to see your text log without re-entering your PIN on CallWave.com. If you want the widget password protected on your desktop for security reasons, click on the "i" button in the bottom right, the widget will flip over and you can click Logout. Then anyone who wants to use the widget will need to log in with a mobile number and PIN. I hope this helps and thanks for using CallWave.
[Version 3.6.1]


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M Chang commented on 10 Jul 2007
Callwave, you assertion is incorrect on my computer. I can go to your site, click on Logout , and get to the Login page. I then close the window, go to Safari > Preferences > Cookies and delete all cookies that have Callwave in the URL. I "Empty Cache" in Safari. Quit out of Safari. When I activate widget and click "Archive," it takes me to my logged in Callwave page with all of my messages listed.

DEFINITELY A SECURITY ISSUE.
[Version 3.6.1]

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CallWave (developer) replied on 10 Jul 2007
M Chang: Your CallWave authentication and PIN information lives within the widget. When you "activate" the widget, you are logging in, so you will be able to see your text log without re-entering your PIN on CallWave.com. If you want the widget password protected on your desktop for security reasons, click on the "i" button in the bottom right, the widget will flip over and you can click Logout. Then anyone who wants to use the widget will need to log in with a mobile number and PIN. I hope this helps. Thanks for using CallWave.
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CallWave (developer) commented on 09 Jul 2007
Your CallWave text log is password protected. Even though our current system does not allow for deleting messages, your messages are not public and can't be accessed without your mobile number and your PIN. If your messages show when you click on "account" from the widget, CallWave is logging you in using cookies. You will see a logout{your email} message at the top right of your screen. If you are using a public or shared computer, be sure to log out of all password protected applications before leaving the computer unattended.
[Version 3.6.1]


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CallWave (developer) commented on 09 Jul 2007
Your CallWave text log is password protected. Even though our current system does not allow for deleting messages, your messages are not public and can't be accessed without your mobile number and your PIN. If your messages show when you click on "account" from the widget, CallWave is logging you in using cookies. You will see a logout{your email} message at the top right of your screen. If you are using a public or shared computer, be sure to log out of all password protected applications before leaving the computer unattended.
[Version 3.6.1]


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Callwave, Inc. (developer) commented on 06 Jul 2007
MADOSIE and M CHANG: Thank you for your feedback. We are always working to improve our widgets and your comments are appreciated.
[Version 3.6.1]


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Ms. R commented on 06 Jul 2007
I definitely agree with the concern about the logging of the messages. I was very, very disconcerted when I found out they were logging them to this account and I was not able to delete them. I think it's unfortunate because this is the best SMS widget that I have used as far as reliability and design. I really wish that they would have variable privacy settings. I don't like that someone would possibly be able to read my text messages so openly. I think this is definitely something to consider when using this widget. The widget itself is very useful and I hope that they seriously consider changing this logging feature, as it makes me feel as though I am compromising my own privacy in sending texts.
[Version 3.6.1]


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M Chang commented on 05 Jul 2007
I sent two (wasn't sure first one went through) feedback messages to Callwave expressing my concern that every text message (and the number sent to) is logged and saved. You cannot delete them from Callwave's Web site or stop the logging.

Why is this a concern for me? ANYONE can get on my computer at work which as CallWave installed. The widget is not password protected, and in fact keeps your phone # and email address at all times. Click the new "Archive" button and it instantly takes you to your text archive. No password protection at all. Just your communications open to anyone. And I forgot to mention I work on a laptop.

I got two responses quickly (thank you, Callwave). Both of them can be summarized by this reponse:

"... Please be informed that currently you do not have the option to delete your text messages on your account. However your request will be forwarded to the appropriate department and given serious consideration and we will inform you about the changes...."

So if you're worried about your privacy, please send feedback to their site. I know the product is free, but privacy shouldn't be a compromise.
[Version 3.6.1]


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akrobat had trouble on 17 Feb 2008
Been using this for about a year or more.
In the beginning you were able to send unlimited SMS messages if you lived Stateside (I don't). International customers received 5 free SMS's per day... not bad.

Then the international freebies got dropped but the cost of the texts (240 for $20) is pretty impressive and I've been using it regularly... until today.

Locked out of my widget and account. Terminated for reasons unknown. Bit weird actually, since I've loads of credit on this thing. An email and/or explanation would have been nice...
[Version 3.7]


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todd2000 had trouble on 06 Oct 2007
I'de love to write a review for this widget, but I can't activate it. I have been trying for 4 days, but ti never sends the activation text message to my phone. I have tried many times, but it doesn't work. Help!
[Version 3.7]


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commentary2002 had trouble on 12 Jul 2007
This widget has been a tremendous asset in family communications for me, but recently it has stopped working as indicated on the Callwave.com site.

I am no longer able to send ANY international texts for free, not the five that were previously alotted or the ten now supposedly available.

I have sent multiple notes to Callwave support but have not yet received any response.

Any help from Callwave on this would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you!
[Version 3.6.1]


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Tomrakewell had trouble on 17 Jun 2007
works fine for me, just one little issue: Even very short messages (about 110-120 letters) get split up into 2 or 3 parts. Why is this done?
[Version 3.6.1]

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CallWave replied on 18 Jun 2007
Message splits are largely up to your mobile carrier. CallWave character limits are based on average carrier restrictions so the majority of messages will be one-part, but some messages are split. We are constantly working to make our free SMS service better for our customers, we appreciate the feedback. Stay tuned for further improvements and thanks for using CallWave!
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mcclarty had trouble on 23 May 2007
I am also in China, and I seem to be having the same problems as "amcan12" was having, but I haven't found the solution. I've waited days and still not verification code. Any ideas from the developer or "amcan12"?
[Version 3.6]


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amcan12 had trouble on 03 Apr 2007
I'm currently in work assignment in China and tried to register this widget with my Chinese cell number - despite numerous attempt I haven't received verification code.... :-(
[Version 3.6]

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amcan12 replied on 03 Apr 2007
Finally it worked, after several attempts and about 10 minutes wait from last one I got verification code and all is smooth now.

Cool widget...:-)

I already used AmnestySingles to convert it to standalone application.
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Version Downloads:9,804
Type:Internet : Internet Utilities
License:Free
Date:06 Sep 2007
Platform:PPC 32 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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CallWave Text Messaging (formerly known as CallWave SMS Widget) offers free, unlimited text messaging to any US mobile number. Integrates with Mac Address Book Simply type your message in the widget, select a name or phone number and hit send. The widget figures out the carrier.


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