Do you sit at the computer for many hours straight? Ever wished you could send SMS messages without taking out your iPhone? You now can with WifiSMS, a rather genius jailbreak tweak that lets you access your iPhone’s SMS app through your browser, no client software needed!

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This jailbreak tweak requires your iPhone to be on the same Wi-Fi connection as your computer. After the tweak is installed, you need to find out iPhone’s IP address on the network by heading to Settings > Wi-Fi and clicking on the blue arrow next to your network’s name. Write down the text on the IP Address field, or memorize it somehow, then exit the Settings app if you feel like it. Keep in mind that if your iPhone has a dynamic IP address inside your network (if you don’t know what I’m talking about, then it probably has one), you’ll have to perform this step regularly since your phone’s address will likely change periodically: don’t bother unless the steps below magically stop working for you.

From this point, you can set your phone aside as well as you leave it connected to the same Wi-Fi network. From your computer, point your browser (preferably a WebKit-based one such as Safari or Chrome) to http://192.168.2.2:8080, where 192.168.2.2 should be replaced by your phone’s IP address and make sure you mention the port number (:8080) . If the tweak was installed properly, chances are you’ll be able to see the iPhone’s SMS interface inside your browser, only significantly scaled up. From there, you can access your contacts and send them messages just as if you would on your iPhone. There’s even emoticon support if you wish to spice up your texts.

A permanently-accessible SMS app can raise some security concerns, since any ill-intentioned individual on the same Wi-Fi network as you will be able to access your phone and send as many texts and they wish using your number (and plan). Thankfully, WifiSMS includes a built-in toggle for SBSSettings or BossPrefs that allows the service to be manually turned off whenever it’s not in use. You’re highly advised to turn WifiSMS off whenever you don’t plan on using it for an extended period of time: it’s better to be safe than sorry! Check out the video embedded below by iDownloadBlog showcasing WifiSMS in action:

You can follow our step by step guide posted here to jailbreak your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch on iOS 4.3.5 using Redsn0w (or PwnageTool), or on iOS 4.3.3 using Redsn0w, PwnageTool, Sn0wbreeze & JailbreakMe (that last one being the easiest).

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