Get Free Text-Message Reminders from Oh, Don't Forget

Last Updated Apr 28, 2011 6:36 PM EDT


You're heading into an afternoon meeting, but absolutely must remember to excuse yourself at 2:30 so you can get on the phone with your supplier. You need a reminder, one that'll be sure to get your attention.

Oh, Don't Forget lets you schedule free text-message reminders. Just plug in your cell number, the date and time you want to receive the reminder, and your message. It's literally that simple.

And that smart. ODF automatically determines your carrier and time zone, so you don't have to worry about those details -- nor even sign up for an account. Indeed, you can hit the site and set up a reminder in all of about 30 seconds, without having to register, wait on a verification e-mail, and all those other usual hassles.

That said, there are some advantages to signing up for a Premium account. It lets you set up recurring messages (kind of like an SMS-powered to-do list), review message logs, maintain an address book, and so on. ODF Premium costs $4.95 per month or $47.50 annually.

If you like the sound of that, AppSumo is running a promotion you might also like: a lifetime Oh, Don't Forget account for $50. (The offer expires at midnight tonight, however, so don't wait too long to make up your mind.)

I have to say, I like ODF way better than TextMemos, which itself was a rather weak replacement for the now-defunct PingMe. It's great for creating simple, effective reminders -- not only for yourself, but also for your employees. ("Don't forget: Pick up my dry cleaning!")

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