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Omni Text Message Scheduler app review: pre-write and send text messages at pre-set times

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Introduction

There are things in this world that we consider indispensable, but never realized we had a need for them until we tried them. Perhaps a couple of the best examples of these are the iPhone and the iPad: just 10 years ago we had no idea how important these devices would become to us, but today we just can’t live without them. The same applies to many apps: if you’re a sports enthusiast you might find it hard to live without the ESPN app and of course what would life be like without Facebook or Twitter? Perish the thought!

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Well now there’s another great app with the potential to make you not want to live without it: Omni Text Message. It allows you to control the timing of when you send your important text messages out. It’s a great idea with a lot of potential. This is a free app and it’s compatible with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.

OMNI - Text Message Scheduler

Free

Time Your Text Messages

There are numerous text messaging apps available for download from the App Store, such as textPlus and FreeTone, among others. These apps all have some great features, but none of them allow you the depth of control you’ll experience when using Omni Text Message. This app is one of the most unique texting apps you’re likely to come across. As far as I’m aware none of its competitors allow you to send timed messages whenever you want.  

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The biggest issue you’ll come across with this app is that it doesn’t truly use your own number. When the text message is sent out your own number is included as part of the body of the text surrounded by brackets, but the actual originating number that the receiver will see is a number provided by the app to control the service. If the person on the end has a tendency to ignore numbers that they don’t recognize they may not get your text in time; at the very least, you may want to explain how the app works to anyone you send texts to on a regular basis. This app will require 10 MB of available space on your iOS device.

How it Works

The main interface of this app is not dissimilar to other messaging apps, but it features one important extra that you won’t find in other apps: the scheduling feature. If you tap on the icon in the top right corner to compose a message, you’re prompted to select a contact, set the time you want the message to be sent, and you can even set it up so that the message will be sent when you reach a certain physical location. In the tests I did it seemed to work every single time without any glitches.

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Typing an actual message is pretty straightforward: underneath the timer is the message body where you can type your message and then hit schedule, and on schedule you can expect the person to whom you are sending the message to, to receive it exactly when you want them to. If you return to the main interface you’ll notice your schedule messages can be accessed at any time by using the green tab at the top. You can also cancel a message before you send it if you like. This is a great feature to use if you’re sending a text while angry so setting the message for ½ an hour later will give you a chance to change your mind.

OMNI - Text Message Scheduler

Free

Pros and Cons

Pros

  • Familiar text message-style interface
  • Allows timed text messages
  • Send messages based on physical location

Cons

  • Messages do not originate from your own cell number

Final Words

There are certainly times when you want to send a text message, but not necessarily right away. With Omni Text Message you can create scheduled messages that are pre-written to be sent out at a time of your choosing. It’s a great idea with a lot of potential. 

 

OMNI - Text Message Scheduler

Free
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Cherry is a hard-working writer and an aspiring web designer who can't go a day without using her favorite apps. She's always on the lookout for new apps and enjoys discovering ones that others have overlooked.