Nova Media restores Leopard's "missing" Bluetooth phone functions

Many Mac users were upset with Apple's decision to remove several useful features from Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, including Bluetooth cell phone dialing within Address Book and support for SMS text messages. However, Nova Media on Tuesday announced its inexpensive Phone Plugins utility that restores the functions.

Many Mac users were upset with Apple's decision to remove several useful features from Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, including Bluetooth cell phone dialing within Address Book and support for SMS text messages. However, Nova Media on Tuesday announced its inexpensive Phone Plugins utility that restores the functions.

When it was discovered that Apple had pulled Bluetooth dialing support from Leopard, a cry went up from users. There were many discussion threads on the subject and calls to flood Apple's Mac OS X feedback page.

A rumor went up this spring that it would be restored in the 10.5.2 update, however, this was proved wrong.

According to Nova Media, users can dial the phone or send a text message using the Services submenu found in the application menu. This means that customers can dial any number found in an e-mail message or non-Apple PIM.

Phone Plugins will either have the cell phone issue a call and bring up a status window on the screen or open a text message window on the screen accordingly. If the selected number is known to Address Book, Phone plugins will display the appropriate name in the new call window or text message window automatically.

The utility cost $9.95 and works with Leopard v.10.5.2 or higher.

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