Ahh spring. Birds chirping, flowers budding, streams flowing, and my cell phone contract ending. Right around this time two years ago, I jumped right into a contract, signing away my cellular freedom. While I don’t necessarily regret doing that, it couldn’t hurt to check and see if my plan could use some revamping. I know I don’t need to change the amount of minutes I use, I have the bare minimum and still don’t go through them all. I know I don’t need to change my data (as if I even could), but text messages might be a different story. With the ever growing popularity of Twitter and GTalk, I may be able to cut down on some. With that in mind, I decided to look into how many I was sending and receiving a month. This is where my woes began…
I logged into my account online to check how many messages I was using a month, and found it odd that all I saw was “0/0 Unlimited.” I remember I used to be able to check what I was using regardless of having unlimited or not. Perhaps I was doing something different. That’s right, I can call a number and a counter will magically pop up on screen. After guessing several times, looking the number up, and finally finding what I was looking for… no luck. At this point I had two options, call customer care or visit a corporate store. I was out running errands anyway so I figured I would pay the store a visit. One hour and a Beautiful Widgets tutorial later, the customer service rep told me that all he could see was to who and when messages were sent, not a number. Of course right after that I was told something along the lines of “Dude, you NEED unlimited messages. There is like a hundred pages here.” I was beginning to are less about changing my text message plan and more about knowing just how many I use! I’m sure if I would have pursued the matter, I would have found out, but I decided to check and see see if the Android market could help me first. The results were rather comforting.
SMS Counter is an application by Tamas Bajnogel that does just what it sounds like, counts SMS messages. This is just what I was looking for. The first thing you will notice is that the interface could not get any simpler. When you open the app up there are two drop down menus: one for sent and one for received. When you drop either menu down, it shows the numbers from the last day, week, or month and the total number of sent or received, if you have been using the app for longer than a full month. I have been trying to keep track and as far as I can tell, it works great. There was quite a few complaints in the comments section about SMS Counter not counting received messages. The day after I downloaded the app, there was an update that claimed to fix that issue. It seems that the developer is trying to be as prompt as possible with fixing anything that pops up, and like I said earlier, I haven’t had any problems so far. I have noticed that if you kill SMS Counter in a task manager it will mess up the counts. It does auto-restart, but sometimes that can take a minute. I was pretty nervous the first time I deleted all messaging threads. Fortunately SMS Counter doesn’t just count what is currently in your messages, so deleting them won’t alter the count.