I'm looking for a good Android application for reading SMS messages. My requirements are:

  • Mark all as read option
  • Displaying the number of unread messages on the icon
  • Some anti-spam filter (option to block messages from specific phone numbers)
  • No ads

Is there such an app?


1 Answer 1


As things stand Handcent would fulfill all your criteria save the last one. In any case, ads are shown only in the options screen - never in the message list or conversation view.

If you're rooted, you can use AdFree to try to eliminate them.

  • I have yet to find an SMS app as complete or that I liked anywhere near as much as Handcent.
    – BBlake
    Jan 8, 2011 at 17:04
  • The only niggle is its increasing bloat and "premium" online options, IMHO.
    – Sparx
    Jan 8, 2011 at 17:50
  • You can get an advert free version of Handcent, you just have to pay for it.
    – Cry Havok
    Jan 8, 2011 at 20:56

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