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How to Enable Apple’s SMS Relay on your Mac or iPad

21 minutes ago · Dave Hamilton · How-To

When Apple announced iOS 8 back at WWDC one feature was met with great applause: SMS Relay. This allows users to send and receive not only iMessages from their Macs but also regular Text Messages (i.e. the "green bubble" messages we send to our Android-using friends). When iOS 8 was released and the feature wasn't there, we all waited for Yosemite. When Yosemite came out we realized we needed to wait for iOS 8.1. Now that you have those two installed (you must for this to work), there are just a few more steps to follow, but they're pretty simple.

GigSky Is Apple SIM For Everyone

1:32 PM, Oct. 17th, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Included with the announcement of new iPads yesterday we saw Apple SIM, a multi-carrier-capable SIM card baked into the cellular models of the new devices allowing customer choice of data carriers. There are some limits, of course, mostly that carrier partners thus far only include three US carriers: AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile. If you want to use overseas data partners or don't have a new iPad, well, you're out of luck with Apple SIM. GigSky, however, has been allowing this functionality for almost two years, providing a multi-carrier data SIM usable in over 100 different countries, included here in the USA. You simply launch their iOS app and buy whatever data you need right inside the app. In many countries your GigSky SIM will get you 10MB of free data, enough to get a quick glance at your email and, if necessary, buy more data. No more getting off the plane and having to hunt down a SIM. Just head straight to your hotel room and GigSky has you covered. GigSky SIMs cost just US$19.95, and a la carte data options begin at $10. Definitely worth checking out.

How-To Make iOS 8 and iPhone 6 Work With Google Voice

1:48 PM, Oct. 7th, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · Cool Stuff Found

Many users of the new iPhone 6 and 6 Plus models are finding it impossible to re-link with Google Voice for voicemail. When entering in the classic **004*1[GV-Number]# sequence users are seeing a "Setting Registration Failed" message instead of the happy success note. Our testing leads us to believe this is a limitation of the new NFC-capable SIMs in the new iPhones. Regardless, Marcel Brown sorted this out and you have two ways you can enable Google Voice on your new phone. First is to call AT&T and have them set up "conditional call forwarding" for you, or you can set up the 3 big use cases all by yourself with some slightly different commands. "234567890" in Marcel's examples would be replaced with your Google Voice number, including area code:

  • Call Forward if Unanswered: *61*1234567890#
  • Call Forward if Unreachable: *62*1234567890#
  • Call Forward if Busy: *67*1234567890#

Set all three of these and you're good to go. To check the status of these enter *#61#, *#62# and *#67# respectively. To deactivate, enter ##61#, ##62# and/or ##67#. Enjoy!

How to Use PayPal with iOS 8 Family Sharing

11:56 AM, Sep. 24th, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · TMO Quick Tip

Apple's Family Sharing in iOS 8 is something many users are eager to setup in order to finally deal with the issue of sharing purchased apps (and music and movies and more) with family members. Frustration has set in for some, however, when the setup process informs users that PayPal is not a valid payment option for family purchases. The good news is that you can set PayPal as an option after Family Sharing is setup, at least for now.

AT&T’s Next Plan May be the Cheapest Way to Buy an iPhone, Despite the Hype

10:35 AM, Sep. 19th, 2014 · Dave Hamilton · Dave Hamilton's Blog

When AT&T first introduced its Next plan earlier this year it was received with a lot of skepticism and negativity. Most reports advised against it saying it was a bad deal, would cost more, and wouldn't let you keep your phone if you wanted to. For Dave Hamilton none of those things are true and they may not be true for you, either. You may find that AT&T Next is the best deal you can get, especially if you're on a family plan with multiple phones.