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1. What is Cabbage?
2. What login do I use?
3. What networks are supported?
4. How many texts can be sent each month?
5. Can the texts be sent abroad?
6. What does "Limit to one text" mean?
7. What does "Add signature" mean?
8. What is the "Manage servers" option for?
9. What does the "Compress" button do?
10. What is the "Import contacts" option for?
11. How can I report an error or give feedback?
12. Where did it all start?
13. What about scheduled messages?
14. Cabbage is failing to send messages.
15. How do I use the VOIP cheap sending method?
16. Is there a MAC version?
17. Can I use Cabbage from a USB key?
18. How do I add Betamax (sms discount, voipcheap etc) provider support?
19. Where can I send messages?












2. What login do I use?
You use the login details that you would use if you were sending a web text. These are supplied to you by your network
For each of the networks, your user name is your phone number. The way of obtaining the password is different for each network
and each of the methods is explained below.
  • Meteor customers:
    Your password is the original pin that came with your sim card. It is on the piece of paper the sim card was stuck to. If you don't have this paper, you can call meteor customer care on 1905 and ask for the pin. If you have registered, they will ask your name, address and date of birth for verication as well as one other piece of information such as when you last topped up.
    If you haven't registered, they will ask for three recently dialled numbers

  • O2 customers:
    You have to register your details on www.o2.ie to set your password. You will need to have your phone with you when registering because the website sends out a verification text message to your phone.

    If you have already registered but don't remember your password, you can click the link that says "forgot your password". After answering a verification question the password will be sent to your phone. If you don't know the answer to the question, call O2 customer care on 1747 (speakeasy) or 1909 (bill pay) and ask them to reset your password. They will ask your name, address and date of birth for verification

  • Vodafone customers:
    You have to register your details on www.vodafone.ie to set your password. You will need to have your phone with you when registering because the website sends out a verification text message to your phone.

    If you have already registered but don't remember your password, you can click the link that says "forgot your password". After answering a verification question the password will be sent to your phone. If you don't know the answer to the question, call Vodafone customer care on 1850 20 87 87 (ready to go) or 1907 (bill pay) and ask them to reset your password. They will ask your name, address and date of birth for verification


3. What networks are supported?
Vodafone, O2, Meteor, Three, eMobile and O2 UK.


4. How many texts can I send each month?
  • Meteor customers:
  • 300
  • Vodafone customers:
  • 600
  • O2 customers:
  • 250
  • Three customers:
  • 333
  • O2 UK customers:
  • 30


5. Can the texts be sent abroad?
Only O2 and Vodafone customers can send their texts to foreign numbers. However, all customers can text Irish numbers that are abroad.


6. What does "Limit to one text" mean?
The web text interfaces on the network sites only allow a customer to send up to 160 characters in a text.If you write a text that contains more than 160 characters, Cabbage gets around this problem by breaking your message into chunks of 160 characters and sending them separately. Each chunk of 160 characters takes one message from your monthly allowance and the recipient will receive your message in several texts.

If you do not what this to happen, you can select the "Limit to one text" check box and you will be prevented from typing mor than 160 characters


7. What does "Add signature" mean?
If you click "Settings" you will see an option "Add signature to texts". Click the button and enter text in the text box which pops up. This text will be appended to the end of each of your texts if you have the "Add signature" Check box checked.


8. What is the "Manage servers" option for?
The servers are used mainly as a backup to improve reliability. If the option "use server" is not checked, Cabbage interfaces directly with the network sites. If it is selected, Cabbage uploads the information of the text to the specified server, which then interacts with the network site and returns a result. Having multiple servers as well as the client side code also makes it difficult for the networks to block the program

There is no client side option for O2 customers, it will always use the specified server.


9. What does the compress button do?
It removes all the spaces from the text and capitalises every word so for example "Hello. How are you?" would become "Hello.HowAreYou?". This feature is to be used if you have written slightly more than 160 characters and don't want your text to be sent in two chunks. Removing the spaces brings the text under 160 characters while keeping it readable.


10. What is the "Import contacts" button for?
If you have a list of contacts in a file in the form of "Name,Number" you can bring them directly into Cabbage with this button. You press the Button, then browse to the location where the contacts file is stored. At this point you specify the character(s) that are used to separate the name and number. In this case a comma was used but it can be any character or series of characters.

By default, the Import contacts window opens in the folder where Cabbage stores its phone books. If you want to import from one user's phone book to another, change your login to the number you want to import to and find the file for the login you want to import from. The phonebooks are named in the format "bookLOGIN", e.g. "book0871234567" or "bookMyMeteorLogin". Double-click on the relevant file to import it.

If you want to use a generic phone book for all users, you are given an option to import from all user phone books into the generic one when you tick the check box.
When you select the option for individual phone books, you are given the option to import from the generic book into that login's phone book.


12. Where did it all start?
Cabbage was first distributed on www.boards.ie. The thread can be found here
http://boards.ie/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=2055165333


13. What about scheduled messages?
Messages can be scheduled to be sent at a specific time and date. You don't need to leave the program running or the computer on because it's all handled server side. The message may not be sent at exactly the time requested. The script for sending scheduled messages runs every 5 minutes so a message could be sent up to 5 minutes later than requested.

A confirmation message can be sent to your phone at the same time. The confirmation will use one of your web texts to send the confirmation so the message will appear to come from your own number. The confirmation message is not a delivery report. It means that the request was sent to the network server but does not guarantee that the message was received on the recipient's phone.


14. Cabbage is failing to send messages.
The first step is to make sure Cabbage is not blocked from accessing the internet by a firewall. To test this, press more->extras->check for update. If it tells you that either an update is available or you have the latest version
it confirms that Cabbage is free to access the internet and is not being blocked by a firewall.

If that does not work, make sure internet explorer is capable of accessing the internet and that cabbage is set to use Internet Explorer's settings (under more->proxy).
If Internet Explorer cannot access the internet, fixing that will most likely fix Cabbage too. Otherwise keep reading.

A -2 or -7 error generally means that the network site couldn't be accessed. If you get the error, go to the network website in your browser and make sure it's currently working.

-5 and -8 errors are usually due to temporary problems with the network websites. Give it some time and try again.

A -13 error means that Cabbage timed out waiting for a response from the server. It can mean that the network site is running very slowly or could mean that Cabbage is blocked from accessing the internet.
If you get a -13 error, it's possible that your message was actually sent

You should alternate between using the intermediate server and client side sending by pressing more->configuration and ticking or unticking "Send messages via intermediate server".
If sending via intermediate server, make sure the following server is selected: /send.php

If possible you should try a different login from a different provider to see if the problem is isolated to your network.

If you have tried all the above and Cabbage can still not connect, send an email from the feedback page and I'll get back to you.
You should provide the following information if applicable:
  1. what network are you on?
  2. Are you on pre pay or bill pay?
  3. Did it ever work?
  4. Does it work intermittently?
  5. Can you check for updates?
  6. Are you entering your login exactly as you would on the network website?
  7. What error message are you getting?
  8. Does it fail both via the intermediate server and client side?



15. How do I use the VOIP cheap sending method?
Voip cheap offers a service for sending messages worldwide very cheaply or sometimes free. Go to www.voipcheap.com to sign up.
You need a credit card or paypal account to buy credit for it. When setting up the login in cabbage, put your user name in the "Login name" section,
put your phone number in the number box in the format 08x1234567, enter your password and select your network.


16. Is there a MAC version?
There is no MAC version of Cabbage but there is an alternative made by someone else which will work on MACs and linux. You can learn more here:
http://jsmsirl.sourceforge.net/JSMS/JSMS.html


17. Can I use Cabbage from a USB key?
Yes you can. Either download the version without an installer or install Cabbage to a location other that C:\Program files, then press more->Configuration
and tick the option "Keep application data in Cabbage folder". This will copy all related files into a sub directory in the cabbage directory and you can then copy that wherever you wish.


18. How do I add Betamax (sms discount, voipcheap etc) provider support?
Betamax has upwards of 15 websites all offering the same texting service at varying prices. Because the method of accessing them from Cabbage is identical except for the website name, support can easily be added.
Click start->run and in the text box type "%appdata" without the quotes and press OK. This will open the Application data folder. Then open the folder call "Cabbage". In there you should find a file called betamax.txt.
If not, simply create it. For each provider you want to add, put the name of the website (without the .com), and then a new line. When you re-open Cabbage you will find a new option in the network drop down when creating a login.
Below is how the file should appear by default:
smsdiscount
voipcheap
lowratevoip



19. Where can I send messages?
Meteor and Vodafone web texts can only be sent to Irish numbers but O2 web texts can be sent to any number in the world. Betamax providers can also send to any number in the world.
Meteor and Vodafone can send to irish phones that are roaming abroad. What matters where the number is from.


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