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iRealSMS 3.0 for iPhone Jailbreak - app review

iRealSMS 3.0 for iPhone is a jailbreak utility that you can use in place of the default messaging app.  Up until this point, I had always used QuickReply for SMS.  A several of you TiPb'ers recommended I look at iRealSMS 3.0 so I did. And I'm impressed.  iRealSMS 3.0 exceeds the features of QuickReply for SMS by a landslide.

When you launch the app, you're greeted with a screen that shows 3 tabs along the bottom; folders, conversations, and settings.  Everything you need is in one easy to access place.  I like that aspect a lot, as most apps put their user configurations in settings, which just means you have to go one more place to make changes.  I wish more developers would start including settings within their applications.

One thing I didn't like about QuickReply was if you closed out of a text, you still had to exit out of what you were doing in order to respond.  This isn't the case with iRealSMS 3.0, you simply set a shortcut in your settings to be able to access Quick Send.  I love this feature as I'm really forgetful.  I will be playing a game or reading news feeds and think of 2 other things I needed to tell someone and have to close out of my current task in order to do it.  With iRealSMS, this is no longer a problem for me.

You also have the option of a blacklist feature.  You can also choose to have all texts sent by a blacklisted number automatically deleted.  Another feature that most texting apps lack is delivery notification.  Very handy feature.  Some users reported it didn't work but I tested it with a friend and it seemed to work okay with me.

Emoji also show up in an easy to access drop down menu or you can choose to have any emoticons you type out automatically turned into Emoji.  I remember last summer Leanna introduced me to the world of Emoji via the app store, and I haven't been able to go a day without them since (thanks Leanna!).

The price tag for iRealSMS 3.0 is a bit steep compared to that of its counterparts, but for the feature set you get, the $9.99 price tag may be well justified.  There's a free trial as well, so you can always try it out and see if it seems like a good value to you, and purchase after giving it a test run.

iRealSMS also has an iRealNetwork, as they call it, which will allow you to buy texting credits if you don't wish to have a texting package.  The current rate is 8 EURO cents per text (of course you'll have to convert that to your own currency).  In almost every case, that'll average out to a heck of a lot cheaper than standard texting plans cost for those of you who are looking to save some cash or cut out texting charges.

If you picked up iRealSMS 3.0 or have another jailbreak text supplement you use, let us know what you think in the comments!


  • Folders
  • Blacklist
  • Snappy response times
  • Very configurable
  • QuickSend option
  • Credit System for those who don't have a texting package
  • In-App Settings
  • Voice Notification if you choose to enable


  • Price is a bit steep
  • Delivery Notification not very reliable

[$9.99 via Cydia]

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  • I can't believe you hadn't used this application before. The iOS 4 compatible update for this app is the only reason I haven't updated my 3GS to iOS 4. This is how I wish the text app would work for iOS 4.
  • Honestly - I ended up going back to QuickReply (when I was jailbroken). I had to swap my 3GS out due to a defect a week or so ago, and can't jb that one (newer baseband). I am planning on using that one for JB and keeping my iPhone 4 stock (we'll see how long that lasts). I don't know, I think QuickReply is simple and easy to use, and does what I need it do. iRealSMS creates 80 billions ways to look at your texts, while powerful, I just didn't need all that. For users that do, iReal is the winner. For simple quick responses, I prefer QuickReply.
  • Louie, there is a beta out that works great and is iOS4 compatible :)
  • I didn't know it got updated for iOS4. Sorry about that guys. Wrote this a while ago and it got overlooked :\ I'll check out the 4.0 version once I have a functioning jailbreak :\ If you guys have screenshots of anything different on 4.0 or new features, feel free to send them my way and I'll update it a bit
  • There is nothing new in the iOS4 compatible version, just updated to work with iOS4. Seems more stable also.
  • Hey, Ally, it's your bootloader, not the baseband.
  • I'll stick with bitesms
    Bitesms w/ ios4 is sick especially with the photo on the quick pop up
  • As someome that has used iRealSMS, BiteSMS, & QuickReply for SMS. I can honestly say that BiteSMS is better, cheaper, and has better functionality. iRealSMS use to be the best but BiteSMS worked out all there bugs and just has a better system of handlng multiple SMSs. Like they're QuickList Feature alone makes it bettet then iRealSMS.
  • Wow this has been out for a long time it must be a slow news week lol or just nothing new to say about iphone4 sad because its only been about a week i love my iphone4 but really it changed nothing
  • I like this app but prefer BiteSMS. Cheaper too.
  • @Muero yea i meant bootrom just said the wrong word.
    @MattyFresh a lot of people suggested it for a review/slash post-up so i did. that's part of what we do, take suggestions from readers.
  • I haven't used the default messaging app ever since I got this one lol
  • where can you get the beta for irealsms? I can't find it on cydia? thx
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  • @rotterdog
    Add to repo's in Cydia
  • @Chris
    Thank You! Working beautifully...
  • @Chris
    Thanks again for that. Works great :)
  • i love this application... but iphone always seems to take over my settings back to normal... :( so i have all msg back on my sprinboard...:( im a little frustrted now. because yesterday it worked perfectly fine... :(
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