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Saturday, April 7, 2012

Broken by design » MOSA (Outlook SMS AddIn)

This little tool is kind-of pretty cool actually, it connects with my Bluetooth handset and sends text messages to mobile phones from my desktop, available for free from Microsoft.

But it does at least one thing that is intensely lame: it rejects any phone number that is not in Outlook's preferred format:

+1 (000) 000-0000

To me it's a really stupid limitation, why doesn't it just strip that BS and impute the country code, like every other reasonably intelligent piece of software does?

And another *slight* problem: the outbound SMS messages it creates (on AT&T, anyway) do not count as text messages; rather they count as data across the unwire, rounded-up to the nearest 1K, and billed as such.

Like so many other things they do, so close but yet so far.

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