This T9 Keyboard Puts Old School Texting on Your iPhone

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Nowadays, you can put third-party keyboards on iOS 8, but back in Ye Olden Days of mobile phones (anything pre-Blackberry *shudder* *vomit*) there wasn't much choice when it came to tapping out texts. If you wanted to send a message, you used T9, a predictive keyboard style where you'd press numbers on the dialpad to form a word, and the program would guess which word you typed.


And now you can recreate the experience on your shiny new iPhone 6. An app called Type 9 will bring you back to the days when the coolest phone you could own was a Motorola Razr, and Kim Kardashian was just Paris Hilton's closet organizer. A simpler time.

It costs a buck to buy an app that makes your phone operate like a phone from 10 years ago, which is generally something I am not down with, as I don't like buying things that turn my nice things into shittier things. But if you happened to be a wizard at T9 texting but failed to master the art of the iPhone keyboard or Swype and you just long for renewed competency in the art of SMS, this could be your new favorite thing. It's also good for huddling children around you at holiday parties to explain what texting was like when you were their age. [iTunes via Ubergizmo via 9to5Mac]

Screenshot via Type 9



T9 is actually the earliest form of predictive texting that I can remember. It was awesome. The way it is described in the article is incorrect, to my knowledge. T9 did not require hitting numbers until you get the right letter. You simply typed the general number that the letter belongs to and T9 would guess the word. Or maybe I interpreted wrong?