\u201cC U in a sec.\u201d \u201cSounds great.\u201d \u201cRunning late.\u201d\n\tMost SMS missives like these are barely worth reading and definitely not worth saving. But you might want to save some texts, especially those with accompanying photos, in case your smartphone gets lost, stolen, or destroyed.\n\tUppidy aims to ease your mind when it comes to those precious SMS messages. The service combines free Android, BlackBerry, and iPhone applications with free cloud-based text archiving. I tested Uppidy on my Android smartphone (current version 12.03, updated May 14). I was going to test it on my iPhone too but I decided against it\u2014more on that in a minute.\n\tYou get started with Uppidy when you register via the smartphone app or its website. After downloading the Uppidy app, you\u2019re asked if you want to back up your text messages. Once you\u2019re up and running, you can choose how often Uppidy syncs texts to the cloud\u2014every one, two, five or 10 minutes. Or you can manually syncyour SMS messages. Syncing will affect your smartphone\u2019s battery, so it's generally a good idea to sync less frequently, say, every 24 hours.\n\tUppidy also attempts to make your text messages social. Once you've linked your smartphone to the service, texts that start with "#upp" are automatically posted to UppidyLive, which is like a Twitter stream for Uppidy members\u2019 text messages.\n\tJudging from the staleness of the messages I saw, a more accurate name for UppidyLive would be UppidyReruns. On a late May morning, the majority of messages "streaming" on UppidyLive were from 2011. And they were repeated frequently.\n\tUppidy lets you sort messages by sender and date, and you can share messages on Twitter, Facebook, and Google+. You can also track your SMS usage during the previous three months with Uppidy graphs.\n\tUppidy doesn\u2019t backup photos that come with your text messages, unfortunately. You can\u2019t download archived messages from the cloud to another device. And you can\u2019t send or receive text messages from the website, which would be a valuable feature.\n\tNow about that iPhone Uppidy app. There isn't one in Apple\u2019s iOS App Store. Instead, you must click a link on the Uppidy site to download an Adobe AIR file that lets you manually load the app onto your iOS device.\n\tHowever, when I started to install the app, I saw the following message:\n\tDoes that make you a tad apprehensive? Me too. If Uppidy can\u2019t make it easy and secure for me to use its iPhone app, I\u2019m not going to install it.\n\tThe free Android app SMS Backup + easily beats Uppidy, because it automatically backs up your Android texts\u2014pictures included\u2014to your Gmail account. That makes a lot more sense; that way your texts and email are in one searchable inbox.\n\tUppidy is okay if all you want to do is backup SMS messages from an Android or BlackBerry device to the cloud. Otherwise, I'd say \u201cC U later\u201d to Uppidy.