Sending mobile text messages with our Outlook Plug-In is incredibly easy. Follow these simple steps.
To send your e-mail messages to SMS, Phone and Fax; the TeleMessage Outlook Plug-In requires an active internet connection. There are no restrictions on the speed of connection, and a dial-up connection will do just as well as an LAN connection. In order to install the TeleMessage Outlook Plug-in, you need to have Microsoft Outlook 2000 2007or above installed, and it must be your default e-mail client.Moreover, you must have Microsoft Windows 2000 7 or later as your operating system, and Internet Explorer 4.018 or later web browser. If you are using an earlier version of Outlook (i.e. Outlook 97) or Windows, please download the relevant version of the TeleMessage Outlook Plug-In.
Download the TeleMessage Outlook Plug-In.
After downloading, save the installation file on your computer.
If you have a previous version of the TeleMessage Outlook Plug-in installed on your computer, you should first Uninstall it. Please refer to the Uninstall section for information on how to uninstall the program.
If your Microsoft Outlook application is running, it is important that you close all Outlook windows before installing the TeleMessage Outlook Plug-in.
After you closed Microsoft Outlook; locate the TeleMessage Outlook Plug-in on your computer; And double-click the installation file to launch the installation program.
When the installer is run, a welcome window will appear.
If some applications are still running, the window below will open and state which applications need to be closed.
Please close the active applications and click Retry.
In case this window keeps appearing – click Ignore. If you choose this option, you may be required to Re-boot your computer at the end of the installation.
This will be followed by a window asking you where to install the application. Either choose the default location in the Program Files folder of your computer’s default drive (C drive in most cases), or click Browse to choose an alternate location.
Once you are happy with the installation location, click Install to begin installing the TeleMessage Outlook Plug-in. If you decide you wish to abort the installation, click Cancel to leave the installer.
Once you have clicked Install, a new window opens, with a bar showing the installer’s progress. Once the installation is completed, the bar will be full. Click Next.
A new window opens to ask which next step you wish to take. Choose the relevant option, and click Close.
To set up your TeleMessage registration, check the Run MS Outlook box, and click Close.
The first time you run Outlook with the TeleMessage Outlook Plug-in installed, a Settings window will open asking you to enter your TeleMessage Username and Password.
If you have not registered before, and you do not have a username and password. You will have to register with TeleMessage to use the service.
You can register by clicking on the link in your Outlook window, or by going to our signup page.
After you finish the registration process, a password will be sent to your mobile phone. This password is needed to activate your account.
Now enter your registration Username and Password to activate your account.
Once you have entered your details, click OK.
If the detailed entered are correct, you will be given this notice and
Your account will now be activated, and the TeleMessage Outlook Plug-in is fully installed and ready to TeleMessage!
The Settings window allows you to enter your personal details, and personalize the functionality of the TeleMessage Outlook Plug-in.
To adjust your settings, go Add-Ins > TeleMessage, and click on Options.
User Profile Settings
In the User Profile tab, enter your personal details. These also act as the settings for your TeleMessage Account.
In the Name fields you can enter your name. This will be played at the beginning of voice messages you send and can be displayed in your SMS messages (depending on the SMS template you use).
Your Username and Password are the ones you used to register at TeleMessage.com.
Here you can change the Password that was sent to you in the registration process.
Please fill out all fields, as they add functionality to the TeleMessage Outlook Plug-in. Of special importance to optimize functionality are:
Time Zone – This will allow you to schedule reminders to be sent to your SMS from Outlook Calendar, as well as scheduling messages to be sent at a specific time.
Language – This sets the language in which your messages will be read out by TeleMessage’s text-to-speech engine.
Country – This is your home, and will allow unique recipients to be added to messages using only local area codes (See Sending Messages).
Clicking on the SMS tab in the Settings window will allow you to edit your SMS settings.
Enable Long Messages:
As a default, when you send a TeleMessage of over 160 characters to an SMS recipient, it will not be divided. Instead, the recipient will be sent the first 160 characters of the message (minus those characters used for the Template – see below), followed by a number to call to have the complete SMS read to them by TeleMessage’s text-to-speech engine.
If you prefer to have long messages divided into multiple sequential SMS messages, please select the maximum acceptable number of SMSs from the first pull-down menu.
Please choose the maximum number of sequential SMSs for your notifications from the second pull-down menu.
Sender Phone Number:
You can choose between two sender numbers for your recipient to receive:
a. A system allocated Number: In this case, the replies will go back to the e-mail of the user. The recipient will be able to call the number to have the message being read to them by TeleMessage’s text-to-speech engine. The recipient will then be able to record a voice-reply and have it sent to your Outlook as a voice attachment.
NOTE: This service is available ONLY IL the US, Russia and Israel.
If you are outside of these countries, please DO NOT select this option.
b. My Mobile Number: Recipients will be able to call or reply by SMS directly to your mobile phone.
To make a selection, please check the relevant check-box.
Each SMS message sent will have at its start a template. By default, this is set to “Short: Sender,Subj,Msg”. The recipient will receive an SMS with your name and the subject, followed by the message itself. In the right-hand box, a preview of the template is shown.
To change the template, pull down the SMS Template menu, and highlight the desired template from the list.
As each template uses a certain amount of an SMS’s 160 character allowance, there is a counter below the SMS Preview to show how many characters will be used by the template.
Click on the Fax tab in the Settings window to adjust your Fax settings.
You use the option button to choose if the system will use a fax cover page.If you choose to use a fax cover page; you can fill out fields that will dictate the transmission of information on the fax’s cover-page.
You can fill out your company’s name and address, as well as a header (such as your name and position).
To select a field, make sure there is a tick in the check-box.
To deselect a field, make sure that the check-box is clear.
To save your settings, click the Apply button. Your new settings will take effect.
To cancel changes, click the Close button.
Sending a Message
To compose a new message, open a blank email as you normally would. Change the From field from your email address to TeleMessage.
You have two choices for how to enter recipients into your TeleMessage:
a. Unique Numbers
b. Contacts from Address Book
a. Unique numbers
Enter the phone number to which you would like to send the message in the field next to the To button.
If the number originates in your selected home country (see 3. Settings), the number may be entered using only the local area code. The relevant country prefix will be selected automatically.
If the number does not originate in the country you have set as your default, the number must be given with an international prefix (+ and the country and area codes).
If you want to send the same message to more than one recipient, you can write more than one number: just separate the recipients with a semi-colon.
b. Contacts from Address Book:
To choose a recipient from your Address Book, click the To button.
A dialogue with your contacts appears. You can use this window to select your contacts.
You can also select distribution lists as recipients.
All of your contacts are visible, along with their devices. To select a contact, highlight it, and click either To, Cc or Bcc. The recipient will then be added to the respective list.
To the right of the contacts list there is a floating Filter Devices window that is minimized, and can be expanded by clicking on it.
This window allows you to control the devices TeleMessage will display.
You can filter the visible devices within any contact list. Click the Filter Devices banner buttons to the right of the main window. A new Filter Devices window will become visible.
To make a device visible, make sure the check-box next to the device is ticked. To deselect a device, make sure the box is un-ticked. To view all devices, click the All Devices button. To only view E-mails, click the No Devices button.
When you have selected all recipients, click OK. The chosen recipients are now sorted into their respective fields (To, Cc, Bcc).
Write the Message
Write a title in the subject bar, and the message in the big field below the subject field.
There is no maximum length of messages. If the message is to be sent as an SMS to any recipients, and is longer than 160 characters, you can either configure the message to be split into numerous SMS messages (in your SMS settings) or to be cut at 160 characters, with the option of being read to the recipient on calling an automatically assigned number.
Add a Voice Recording to the Message
With TeleMessage, you can record and send voice recording from your computer to any of your recipients’ devices. If you send a voice recording to an SMS, the recipient is sent a number within the message which they can call to hear the message.
To add a voice recording to a Message, go to Add-Ins > TeleMessage > Options > Voice Greeting.
The following window will open:
You can attach any voice greeting that you wish.
To record a message, make sure that you are speaking into the computer’s microphone and click the record button (the red circle). To stop recording, press the stop button (the black square).
To add the recording to the message, simply close the recorder window.
In the message window, the Record Voice button is now deactivated (grey), and two new buttons are visible in the TeleMessage Toolbar.
Clicking Play/Edit Recording will reopen the Voice Recorder, allowing you to hear, edit, or re-record the voice message. To delete the attatched voice recording, click Delete Recording.
Send the Message
Click the Send button to send the message, like you would send any other regular e-mail.
Sent Message Status
You can check the status of your sent message and whether it was sent, delivered, read, canceled or failed.
Go to Add-Ins > TeleMessage > Sent Message Status.
The TeleMessage Outlook Plug-in allows you to have all your e-mails forwarded as SMSs to your mobile phone, or specify filtering rules allowing specific messages to be forwarded to any device.
Begin by clicking the Forwarding Rules button in the TeleMessage Toolbar.
To create a new rule, click the New button in the Rules window.
First, create a Rule Name, and then set the conditions through which to filter incoming messages. You can stipulate the From,To/Cc and subject of the incoming message, and only if all conditions are met will the rule be applied to the message. If you do not wish to specify any conditions for a certain field, leave it blank.
Selecting Forwarding devices:
In the Forward messages to my: window, you can select the devices to which you would like the message forwarded. The check-boxes refer to media devices stored in your settings (see Settings), whilst the Other field allows you to specify a unique number, and select its device-type. Remember that checking the SMS checkbox will have your e-mail forwarded to your mobile as an SMS, whilst checking the Mobile Phone checkbox will have the e-mail forwarded to your mobile as a voice-call, and read in full by the TeleMessage text-to-speech engine.
In the example below, a rule has been created called “My Boss” whereby all messages arriving from my boss, Guy, are automatically forwarded to my SMS.
As messages will arrive from an e-mail composed with his name, the only condition I need to apply is that all e-mails must include ‘guy’ within the From field.
If this condition is satisfied, the e-mail will then be forwarded to my SMS and to the TeleMessage server so I can view it from any computer.
When you have finished creating your rule, click the Done button at the bottom of the window.
You will return to the Rules window, and see that your new Rule is stored and enabled.
Uninstall the Plug-In
First, make sure that all Microsoft Outlook windows are closed before uninstalling.
There are two ways to uninstall TeleMessage:
Through the programs menu
In the Start Menu, choose All Programs and then TeleMessage.
This will open the TeleMessage folder – there you can choose Uninstall Outlook Plugin. This will start the Uninstall process.
Through the Control Panel
In the Start Menu, choose Settings and then Control Panel. This will open the control Panel.
Double click the Add/Remove Programs icon.
A window containing a list of all installed programs is displayed in alphabetical order. Click the row that says TeleMessage Outlook Plug-in.
Click the Remove button, and confirm that you want to remove the program. The TeleMessage Outlook Plug-in will be uninstalled.