Future-Text lets you 'write now, send later'

The free version of the iPhone application lets you write text messages up to 30 days before you want them delivered.

I have to admit that I am writing about this mobile application, called Future-Text, for very self-serving reasons. Usually, my brain is at least one mile ahead of me, so if I don't write things down when I think of them, they get left on the side of the road.

So, the appeal of Future-Text -- an application that lets you schedule text messages for delivery at a different time -- is huge for me.

The premise behind Future-Text is simple. The software works with an iPhone to allow users to schedule a text in advance. So, say you really want to remind your sales leader to really turn up the heat next week. Now, you can write a short text with your directive, and schedule it to arrive at an appropriate time. Have a great idea during the weekend, but don't want to intrude on your employees' personal time? Future-Text lets you schedule a note to be delivered when the timing is more relevant.

If you have written a text message that is no longer relevant when it is to be sent, that's not a problem. The software will alert you when a message  is about to be sent, so you can delete it or update it as appropriate.

The application comes in two versions. Future-Text Lite lets you program a text message for delivery up to 30 days in advance.

The full edition, priced at $1.99, allows messages to be scheduled for an infinite time in the future. You also get a Web console, where you can manage your messages using a browser interface.

One caveat, I've just started using this app myself, so there may or may not be kinks that need to be worked out. But I think you'll agree that it is a great idea, especially for time-challenged small-business owners who need to act on great ideas on the spur of the moment, even if the moment is in the future.