SMS

  • Chair of antitrust Senate subcommittee wants to know why text messages cost so much money

    It turns out we’re not the only ones concerned about the (unnecessary?) rise in the cost of sending a text message. This time, though, it’s someone who may actually be able to do something about it. Sen. Herb Kohl, who’s the chair of the Senate antitrust subcommittee, recently sent a letter to several cellphone companies (AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mo) asking them to… Read More

  • Tatango Opens Their Group SMS Service To The Public

    Tatango, the ad-supported group SMS service previously known as networkText, spent the last few months in a private beta following a functional and visual overhaul and a round of funding by Bellingham Angel Organization. Now everyone is free to get in on the group texting good times; they’ve opened the doors to the public. The service is dead simple to use, as it should be. I made the… Read More

  • Man lands airplane via text messages

    A small airplane in Ireland suddenly found itself in a dilly of a pickle of a jam when it "lost all onboard electrical power, communications and weather radar soon after take-off from Kerry airport," according to The Irish Times. The twin-engine Piper contained a pilot and four passengers. The pilot was unable to make contact with the nearest air traffic control tower, so he tried… Read More

  • Cellphone spam got you down? Try these steps

    The New York Times’ David Pogue is mad as hell and not going to take it anymore without publicly complaining it. It seems Mr. Pogue and his better half have been getting cellphone spam as of late, something they don’t particularly want. What to do? Depending on your wireless provider, there’s several things you can do about cellphone spam. AT&T users can log into… Read More

  • Hooray: SMS advertising on the up and up

    Have you subjected yourself to the latest advertising fad, SMS messages containing marketing slogans? (“Blah blah blah, brought to you by Tide fabric softener.”) Apparently it’s all the rage these days in advertising, specifically mobile advertising. It seems admen aren’t too happy with the lousy click-through rates of traditional online advertising (never mind that… Read More

  • When exactly will mobile IM take over SMS?

    Some people out there are under the impression that they’re the only ones using text messages in the US. Turns out it’s become more popular than you might think, with 301 billion texts forecasted total for 2008. But the SMS’s time in the sun might be over before the zenith, as mobile IM is set to overtake it, or so the analysts say. I don’t think that’s going… Read More

  • When exactly will mobile IM take over SMS?

    Some people out there are under the impression that they’re the only ones using text messages in the US. Turns out it’s become more popular than you might think, with 301 billion texts forecasted total for 2008. But the SMS’s time in the sun might be over before the zenith, as mobile IM is set to overtake it, or so the analysts say. I don’t think that’s going… Read More

  • Bendable shelf handles RSS feeds and text messages

    In what’s sure to be recognized as one of the greatest inventions of 2008 (by me, at least), here’s a shelf that can be bent every which way, thanks to the miracle of “elastomer” AND displays your favorite RSS feeds and any incoming text messages. Read More

  • National emergency text message alert system approved: You'll soon be getting txts from the president

    You could soon be getting text messages from the president about terrible things! Regulators yesterday approved a measure to create an emergency alert system using text messages. Cellphone users would have the option to opt out of the system, but if you chose to be a part of it, and if your wireless provider does, too, you’ll be on the receiving end of three types of text messages. Read More

  • Amazon launches SMS store

    Need something immediately? Want to check on a price? Text your search term to 262966 (“AMAZON”) and Amazon will hunt down a few items from its online store. Reply and Amazon will call you to confirm your order. The usage model is fairly compelling: you’re in a store, and you see something you want. You simply text Amazon to confirm that it’s cheaper online and then spit… Read More

  • T-mo slapped with lawsuit over unwanted text messages

    [photopress:tmols.jpg,full,right] Text messages are both annoying and expensive. Lawsuits are both annoying and expensive. Put the two together and you’ve got yourself a “Risky Business” party. A lawsuit was filed in Washington state arguing that T-Mobile should let customers turn off text messaging altogether. As it is, T-Mo’s customers have to pay for text messages… Read More

  • NEWSFLASH: Text messaging is a huge rip off

    I was spoiled. The first phone that I had when this whole “texting” (as the kids call it) craze hit was a T-Mobile Sidekick, which included unlimited SMS messages with the data plan. Then somewhere along the lines, I fell off the wagon and switched to Sprint in order to get my hands on a Treo 650. Imagine my surprise when I got my first bill and found out I’d all of a sudden… Read More

  • AT&T raising SMS/MMS rates

    Yep, that’s right, folks. Starting March 30, 2008, your standard SMS rate will now be 20 cents and MMS rates will be 30 cents. If you’re on an all-you-can-eat plan then it doesn’t matter, but for those of you on an ala carte plan, you might want to consider switching plans. AT&T Raising SMS Rates [Phone News] Read More

  • Cambridge, MA police to use 2-way text-a-tip system

    In June, the city of Boston set up an anonymous text-a-tip line for its police department, allowing people to send text messages reporting suspicious behavior and crimes-in-progress. Now the neighboring city of Cambridge is developing a similar system for its own police department but will add an outgoing alert option that allows the city’s residents to subscribe to alerts issued by… Read More

  • TXT MSG is 15 today

    saRAH STFU ALL OF UZZ….IM REALY CONFUSEDDDDD RYT NAW SUM OF U SAY VAGUR IZ GOOD ND SUM SAY IPHONE ROCKZ….OMGG!!!! FUK U IM GTN IPHONE! This is a perfect example of how a pubescent teen spells these days. Hell, saRAH is probably a 20-something. What are you even trying to say? I’m so confused. Sure, this sort of exchange is fine over SMS, but when it crosses into the classroom… Read More

  • Cellfish sends videos to your phone, helps you slack off

    http://cellfish.com/static/swf/player8.swf?Id=241751 This looks like it’s easy to use. Plus, the video is both funny AND informative. It basically allows you to send videos to your phone via text message. Available videos are on Cellfish’s own web site but developers can play around with the API or use the "Add-to-Phone" widget to offer content from their own sites. You… Read More

  • Study says iPhone not great for txt messaging

    The iPhone “may not be suitable for heavy text use.” That’s the end-of-the-day result on a recent study comparing users’ text messaging abilities. The study, carried out by User Centric, compared iPhone users, QWERTY-based cellphone users and regular old multi-tap phone users. It found that iPhone users were able to text, generally, as fast as their QWERTY… Read More

  • Papa John's now offering TXT 4 UR PIZZA

    I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a sucker for food-related convenience and, as such, I’ve been using Papa John’s excellent online ordering system since it was first introduced back in 2001. The pizza chain has just introduced an order-by-text-message feature similar to the  Domino’s text messaging system we told you about a few months ago. Same basic… Read More

  • NYC's MTA to txt message riders service change info

    It seems emergency text messages are the new black when it comes to public safety. New York’s MTA, the organization that runs—really well I might add—the subways and busses will hire a company to develop a mass text messaging system. The MTA would then use this system to inform riders about pertinent service changes (“The 7 train isn’t running today. Good luck… Read More

  • DWT: what is it and how can we fight it?

    Texting while driving is a sure fire way to get a ticket or get in an accident. Just being back in California this last week makes me wonder why and how I ever used my phone while driving. It’s ridiculously stupid and unsafe, but I still do it. Heh. But things may change thanks to some fancy speech solutions from Nuance. Oh, yeah, DWT means driving while texting. Watch the video and see… Read More

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