Review: SMS Eraser for BlackBerry

April 20, 2009 | By | 16 Comments
The SMS Eraser Icon

The SMS Eraser Icon

If you’re worried about your texts being copied, forwarded, or saved, and have been wondering if there’s a solution for that, then SMS Eraser is the program you are seeking. The SMS Eraser is published by BigString Corporation, and is version v3.0. I used it on the Curve 8330. The program allows you to text word texts (sms) and picture text (mms) to another phone, which will self destruct after opening once, twice, or fifteen seconds. It gives peace of mind knowing that the text will be gone from both phones after the allotted time frame chosen. It is perfect not only for individuals, but for businesses as well.

After installing the program, it appears as a smilie with a lock. It opens giving you a choice of: New Message; Inbox; Drafts; Sent Messages; and Manage Groups. In Manage Groups you are able to make groups of your contacts to send texts to all at once. When creating a new message, you choose the recipient from your address book which the program displays for you. After choosing your contact, you are able to choose from the following: New Destructing Text Message; New Text Message; New Destructing Picture Message; and New Picture Text. The next list of options after choosing your message is: Open 1x, 2x, or in 15 seconds; and insert Smilie. You can send to one or multiple recipients. I really liked the graphic smilies you can choose, they range in a variety of choices which the text on our Blackberry phones lacks.

And now, I’d like to share what makes this program so unique. The messages are hard to copy and print, they cannot be forwarded, and they are deleted off both handsets, and the security issues concerning text are now addressed. This includes both word and picture texts. You choose how often they can open before it self-destructs, or give it a time limit. The program is easy to use, is not complicated at all, and includes a pdf file explaining how to use the application which you can download and view at any time.
I sent the word text to various recipients and it worked well, I was able to see it from their handset, and how it looked to them. The smilies actually move, so it’s similar to a smilie from a messenger on the computer. It was easy to use, easy to send, and that I had no worries after I saw it “delete”.

The Pros of the program are so obvious. First pro is that the text and picture text are deleted in either a time frame or opening. There are smilies available to the texts that the phone does not have, and it allows peace of mind as it can be used for both personal and for business.
The Cons of the program are as follows. There is only a fifteen second time frame, not longer. So if you’re recipient is busy, the text may not be there. It only does word and picture, not video, which would be nice to see in the future.

I would have to say for usability, the program is four and a half stars. It’s very easy to use and very self explanatory, but it also leaves room for a few desired changes. For the function of the program, I would rate it about four stars. The only reason if falls a little short of five stars is because of the few items it lacks. Otherwise, it’s great, and for the average user and for the business user.

Rating: ★★★★☆

SMS Eraser is available for $29.95 at the BlackBerry Sync Store >


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  • DavidB

    Wow, this sounded awesome until I got to the bottom and saw the price. Your average texter is just NOT going to pay $30 no matter how cool it is. And I highly doubt that people that can afford in this economy to drop $30 on an app like this for SURE don’t use text messaging…
    For $5 or less, I suspect they could sell dozens if not hundreds of units for every 1 they sell at $30.

  • Goodie Mo

    I agree w/DavidB. Very cool. Overpriced.

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    I really want to know how this work in the recipient phone? or you need to install it also of the the phone?

  • Susan C

    The recipient’s phone does not need it installed. For $30, it’s an investment for those who like to make sure their txts and pics are safe. It’s very precise, no bugs, and I really was impressed with it as were my coworkers. As with any product, it depends how you will use it.

  • Leslie

    I downloaded the trial version, and did a test message to a friend, but it pops up as a website for them to open…? Is that normal?

  • Susan C

    The website is how it’s secured. It does not allow the text to be saved or forwarded. It leads them to the website so it never actually reaches their phone content wise. And if you notice, the smilies actually move.

  • herman

    The recipient need inet on their phone how if they don’t? I think most of them don’t have

  • Susan C

    They do need access to inet. In the US most people have to have the inet with a BlackBerry or any other smart phone. And today there’s few people who don’t. Most providers with the exception of perhaps a few, don’t allow a BlackBerry without the BIS. But yes, the app does require inet.

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