Custom SMS without Jailbreak

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by prestomusic, Jan 9, 2011.

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Should iPhone allow custom SMS sounds?

  1. Yes

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  2. No

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    2.6%
  1. prestomusic macrumors regular

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    How to do it? Petition Apple of course...

    The 'direct feedback' route hasn't seemed to work so far. So maybe a collective voice might be a better option?

    This issue certainly seems to rile a lot of iPhone users so let's do something about it:

    1. Sign the petition at this link

    http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/custom-sms-alert-sounds-for-iphone/

    2. Email the link to all the iPhone users you know, asking them to sign too

    3. Answer the poll in this thread


    Maybe, just maybe if enough people do this we might get what we want.
    Many Thanks!
     
  2. saving107, Jan 10, 2011
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    Apple doesn't respond to petitions, they respond to sales, and for the past 3 years the iPhone has been selling very well without custom SMS tones. I'm sure Apple has custom SMS tones on their list of things to implement, but its obviously far down the list, and its far down my list of thing I would like to see iOS implement as well.
     
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    Sure it's annoying, but you really think an online petition (name one time those have actually done anything) is better that directly contacting Apple?
     
  6. dscuber9000 macrumors 6502a

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    Betty White on SNL. Boom!
     
  7. bid2ask77 macrumors regular

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    I dont see the big deal with custom SMS tones. Whenever apple puts something out some people are never going to be happy with it. I guess its hard to make everyone happy.
     
  8. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    I don't really see the draw of them either. That said, I really don't see why Apple doesn't allow users to do this. I don't see an online petition working.
     
  9. Knowimagination macrumors 68000

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    The draw of custom SMS tones is that I don't have to check my phone every time I hear the only decent tone that every iphone user has. When I hang out with friends and 4 or 5 of us have iphones it gets annoying wondering who got the text.
     
  10. malevolant macrumors 6502

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    I'm happy with my generic SMS tone...I used to put my own on my old Verizon phones and they get REALLY old and annoying after a while. Though, I would love to have a Zelda tone for select people.
     
  11. prestomusic thread starter macrumors regular

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    Maybe? Like I said, direct feedback hasn't worked to date, so...?

    Maybe most people wouldn't be bothered to email Apple because they figure their email will disappear into the abyss once they click 'send'. With an online petition it's public and the results are there for all to see.

    I don't see the harm in trying.
     
  12. prestomusic thread starter macrumors regular

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    Fair enough, but the question was 'Should Apple allow custom SMS?' not 'is custom SMS currently the most important omission on iOS?'

    Obviously there is a tonne of more important features that could be improved or included.
     
  13. prestomusic thread starter macrumors regular

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    he he:D

    on the contrary, in this case it couldn't be easier to make 'us' happy!
     
  14. saving107 macrumors 603

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    Apple gave iPhone 4 users new text tones with iOS 4.2, and everyone around this forum complained that they were too long, yet whenever I hear people with custom text tones on others phones, their generally as long as a ringtone, so what do people want?

    I agree that we should have the option, but eh.
     
  15. prestomusic thread starter macrumors regular

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    ... choice.

    the choice to load our own sounds, not subscribe to Apple's style of sound design.
     
  16. james92se macrumors 6502a

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    Wait, this is about SMS sounds?

    When I read the title, I thought this was going to be about "custom" SMS in terms of natively giving us something similar to what QuickReply does.

    Who cares about SMS sounds? Maybe teenagers all sitting around in a circle with their iPhones all in close proximity, but I guarandamtee the vast majority of people don't give a rats @ss about SMS sounds. I'd venture to say most adults in professional working type situations routinely have their phones on silent/vibrate anyway, thus SMS sounds would be completely moot.

    But nonetheless, regarding the viability of custom tones:

    A) Is each user going to compose their own tone?

    B) If not, how in the world do you expect the tone you want to use to be "custom" or unique (in the sense that the supposed reasoning is to differentiate it from other native iPhone tones - even if all iPhones came with a hoard of "custom" tones, that still doesn't make each tone unique because all your iPhone buddies will have the same tones)

    C) If anything, Apple would simply add SMS tones to iTunes, and make you pay for them.
     
  17. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    How about they just let the SMS app use the ringtone sounds?

    And how is it you're coming up with problems to a plan that's so simple I can describe it in one sentence? Just do that. Problem solved.
    People know how to make and add ringtones. I'm sure they can figure out how to make 2 second ringtones.
     
  18. iMJustAGuy macrumors 68020

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    I just can't believe how pathetic the new tones are. And that's not a matter of opinion, it's a fact. They are ALL too long, and they sound like an 80's cartoon show. This is APPLE, I can't believe how they've dropped the ball when it comes to ring/sms tones. I mean, a dog barking? Really? A "choo choo" train? It's bad.
     
  19. james92se macrumors 6502a

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    Yes I'm serious, in terms of the reasoning given for wanting "custom" tones. A "custom" tone would be, well, custom. I'm not coming up with problems to a simple plan. You want custom tones, then compose a custom tone. Semantics? Maybe ;)

    Since it looks like you're talking about wanting to add snippets of copyrighted material as an SMS tone, then surely Apple will make you pay for it just like they make you pay for ringtones through iTunes (as I said in C).

    And ahh, stealthy edit before my quote/post.
     
  20. prestomusic thread starter macrumors regular

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    umm. 'custom' is the terminology that Apple uses to describe ringtones that users have added themselves, as opposed to 'standard' which are the stock sounds that come on the phone. have a look in settings-sounds-ringtones and you'll understand. so, obvoiusly I'm applying the same terminology to SMS sounds.

    Small White Car got it. It's so simple - allow users to load .m4r files, that's all it comes down to.
     
  21. Pomeless macrumors regular

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    Online petition? meh....

    Custom SMS sounds? Yeah!

    As stated by another poster there are other changes that would probably be higher priority for me. So, I'm willing to wait for the SMS tones.
     
  22. possumwater macrumors regular

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    Exactly. They need to do something about this. If not soon, i'll be sure to JB mine.
     
  23. Stealthipad macrumors 68040

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    Apple needs to upgrade it's entire notification system. I came from Blackberry and love my iPhone but wish they had have the customization that Blackberry offered.

    Maybe the iP5 will do more!:confused:
     
  24. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    But they don't "make you pay."

    The offer paid ringtones, yes. They also let you make ringtones in garage band using any audio you have (such as audio you got from a CD). So Apple makes it pretty darned easy to make ringtones from copyrighted material.

    This is an actual feature of the software I'm talking about here...not a hack.

    I don't think you can say they make you buy anything.
     
  25. Rajani Isa macrumors 65816

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    There has been some hope for iOS 5 since they hired the (or one of the) notifications system designers from RIM, IIRC.
     

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