Officially shuting down GoogSMS

We have informed our users that we have discontinued our service of forwarding Google Voice SMS to email.

Google Voice released the same features, so we encourage our users to switch to Google Voice.

Log into your google voice account – Under “Settings” and “Voicemail and SMS” there is a checkbox to forward SMS.
Like GoogSMS, you can also reply to SMS by replying to the email.

We are exploring other features to add like Prowl notification, but there are already providers of the service.

Thank you all for your support.

Why doesn't anyone respond? Metrics from GoogSMS

Here are some interesting metrics about GoogSMS‘s first week since it’s launch on Sept 1, 2009.

There are over 30 active users.  Thanks to all the early adopters.
There have been over 2,500 messages forwarded.
Only 150 replies to the messages forwarded.

I would assume that most people would reply to their SMS.  This leads me to believe that we need to educate our users about the ability to reply.

To that note
1.  We’ve simplified the response process for Prowl users with a link in the Prowl notification. See blog post.
2.  Added some bold text to the email message “Did you know” to draw attention to the fact that you can reply via email.

We have just gotten started with GoogSMS.  So much great feedback from our vocal users.  We hear you and are working hard to build the best product possible.

How to set up Google Voice SMS push notification to iPhone via Prowl

Here is a step by step on how to set up Google Voice SMS push notification to your iPhone using Prowl and

1. Sign up for Prowl
2. Generate an API Key from the Prowl Settings Page

3.  Download Prowl from the app store ($2.99)
4.  Login to your account on GoogSMS and add your API key to your profile

GoogSMS profile

That’s it.  You will get a Prowl notification of your next SMS.  It should also show up in your inbox.
Don’t forget, you can reply to the SMS via the email.

* Some notes
– Prowl costs $2.99.  However it can we used for many other services yet to be written.
– There is a redirect feature for Prowl to open up the mail app on the iphone when you view the notification.  It takes you to a blank mail instead of your message.  It’s a limitation of Prowl.
Sept 9, 2009 – We have implemented a new link in the prowl notification for easy response.  See blog post