Software used for sending texts in "Short Message Service" format from a computer to a mobile device at no cost
Windows XP / Windows 2000 / Windows ME / Windows 98 SE / Windows 98
SMS Free Sender is a simple application designed to allow people to send text messages from a computer. The program features a streamlined interface that can be used to compose messages. The application uses a commercial network that supports the short messaging service--i.e., SMS--around the world. The network includes about a thousand servers located in hundreds of different countries. The actual application itself is small and simple to download. SMS Free Sender could be a viable option for people who do not have access to a cell phone or who want to send bulk text messages.
One of the first things to understand is that SMS Free Sender includes a large amount of malware. Some browsers and antivirus programs will warn users and stop the download from occurring. The malware included in SMS Free Sender affects browsers and the Windows operating system. The malware is difficult to uninstall without getting rid of the entire program. Users who do install SMS Free Sender are going to immediately see the homepage in the browsers changed to gambling sites. There are also constant pop-up windows, payment reminders and other general spam. Anyone who wants to use SMS Free Sender will need to deal with this malware.
Another issue to be aware of is that SMS Free Sender is not free. The name is a little deceptive. That is, the program itself is technically free to download and run. However, users who download the application need to register an account with the parent company. Sending text messages costs credits. Credits must be purchased with real-world money through the developer. New users who register for the first time get ten credits for free. Sending an SMS message costs a credit. The program is useless without the credits. SMS Free Sender is not an application that allows users to send text messages for free.
The actual functionality of SMS Free Sender is good. The program has a simplified interface. Users can enter the target of a text message and the message itself. They are sent across the large network quickly. Users also have the option to check the status of any SMS messages that were previously sent. It is possible to check whether a particular message was delivered or whether it failed. It appears to be possible to send bulk SMS messages to entire lists of people through the application. A nice feature is that SMS Free Sender has a fully featured address book. The address book makes sending messages to friends or family simple.
SMS Free Sender is an application that can give someone access to text messaging. It cannot receive messages. It only sends them. The application seems more geared towards businesses that want to send bulk SMS messages rather than average people. Anyone who is considering using SMS Free Sender should understand the service is not free and should be prepared to deal with large amounts of malware.