Pros:Works with your mobile #, instant notifications of messages/calls to desktop, synchs to contacts
Cons:Need phone to answer a phone call, more difficult to feign ignorance
The Bottom Line: Time and technology marches on. I struggle to keep up with it. With regard to MightyText it’s worth the struggle. I highly recommend this Android App.
During most of the year my daily routine is pretty predictable. At 8am I’m getting into my car to drive my daughter to school. Most times I remember my cell phone. Often I’ll put it right up there on the recess below my speedometer. The problem is that often it’ll stay there for the next few hours while I do my morning’s work from my home office. If someone’s messaging me during that time it’s likely I won’t know about it until about noon when I get into my car next.
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On other occasions when I’m rushing in the morning I might leave my phone behind on my nightstand or the kitchen counter charging, just far enough away from my office that I miss the message. And, since I really don’t enjoy conversing through texts, the silence of my phone doesn’t register on me. Incoming calls aren’t missed though because I have a Panasonic Link2Cell Phone System that allows me to pick up my mobile calls on any handset in the house.
So, when I saw MightyText featured in Google’s Play Store as iMessage for Android it piqued my interest. I have to admit I never really got iMessage. I mean, I have Droid and text who I please. That messages weren’t charged to my carrier plan? Where’s the need? I can’t think of anyone I’m in contact with that doesn’t have unlimited messaging. I must have missed the part about iMessage being available to your Mac Mountain Lion desktop. Not that it would have been relevant to me, but it would have gotten me thinking. Enter MightyText.
Downloaded from the Google’s Play Store, MightyText allows me to message anyone on any mobile platform from either my cell phone or more importantly from my PC. After downloading the app, I went to MightyText.net and registered with my mobile number. All I needed to do was to successfully log onto my Verizon account. Set up was virtually complete. I later synched my contacts.
From that point on any time my cell phone received an incoming message or call I got a pop up notification. In the case of messages I received the entire incoming message. Clicking on the pop-up I open the MightyText console and can fire off my response from my PC’s keyboard. Sweet!
Both Chrome and Firefox browsers have plug-ins to allow me to launch MightyText quickly if I decide to initiate a message from my laptop.
In the case of an incoming call, the notification tells me to answer my phone, but again, since I have Link2Cell there’s no need for me to actually find my phone. I like that.
I can send or receive either SMS or MMS messages from my PC. For someone who’s virtually tethered to his laptop for a good portion of the day this is huge. Of course it does seem to obligate me to acknowledge and even respond to the messages. It’s hard to claim ignorance once the message is staring me in the face. But, I guess that’s the price I pay for technological progress on the personal level. In fact, in the few weeks that the app has been available, I’ve received and responded to a few critical messages including one that alerted me that my daughter who is currently away in camp is all right following her bus going off the road and into a drainage ditch while on the way to the Raccoon Mountain Caverns in Tennessee. That’s an important message to receive. Of course my phone was resting peacefully on my nightstand when the message popped up on my laptop’s screen.
Sure, there are times I wish I wasn’t so connected. I remember a much calmer and more private time in my life. But I also remember being 17 and at least when forced, have to acknowledge I’m a lot older now. Time and technology marches on. I struggle to keep up with it. With regard to MightyText it’s worth the struggle. I highly recommend this Android App.
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