SMS

  • SMS, She Is Dying

    SMS, She Is Dying

    Research firm Gartner is predicting that SMS will become obsolete or at the very least become insignificant by 2010. Duh. The report may only apply in Australia, but it isn’t very hard to see the correlation here in the U.S. Mobile e-mail is becoming more prevalent every day with Joe Shmoe picking up a BlackBerry or some other smartphone with e-mail capabilities. You may be led to believe… Read More

  • Vodafone To Offer Encrypted SMS

    Vodafone To Offer Encrypted SMS

    Our paranoid UK readers who rock 128-bit encryption on every file will be happy to know that Vodafone UK will be bringing encryption to text messages. The company recently announced plans to bring an encrypted SMS service to customers. Partnering with Broca, Vodafone will use Broca’s SAMS technology to ensure that all messages are encrypted. No word yet on what kind of encryption will be… Read More

  • Don't Text And Drive In Washington

    Don't Text And Drive In Washington

    While NJ may have been one of the first states to ban driving and talking on a cellphone, Washington is smart enough to realize that plenty of people still text while they drive. Now in an effort to curb accidents and careless driving, Washington has made it illegal to operate a cellphone while driving. However, it’s a secondary offense, meaning the po’ can only give you a ticket if… Read More

  • Skype Slashes SMS Prices

    Skype Slashes SMS Prices

    Do you use Skype? Do you SMS people with Skype? No? Didn’t think so. Well, now there’s a bit more reason to give it a go. From May 2 to May 8 — which is the week of Saint Erasmus, the martyred patron saint of digital communications popular in Asia and Europe but not so popular in the United States — SMSes through Skype will be 50% off. What does that translate into big… Read More

  • Forget The Post Office Line! Pay Those Taxes With Your Cellie

    Forget The Post Office Line! Pay Those Taxes With Your Cellie

    Before you get all excited about paying your taxes with your cellphone so you can get back to eating Cheese Doodles and watching World Series Poker, note that this is only happening in the Philippines currently. The country’s Internal Revenue Bureau has struck a deal with major telecom and banking groups that will allow personal income taxes to be paid via SMS. Unfortunately, this new PAYBIR… Read More

  • Qantas OKs In-Flight Texting

    Qantas, the official airline of Australia, has announced they will begin a three month public trial on one of Boeing 767s in the fleet for domestic flights. Emirates and Ryanair have also announced intentions to have such trials. Unfortunately, the US won’t be experiencing such trials anytime soon. I, for one, am happy about that. I hate people who talk very LOUD on the bus, and I’m… Read More

  • Moka: Wisdom at $.25 Per Message

    Moka: Wisdom at $.25 Per Message

    Are you down and out? Are you on the street? Does evening fall so hard that you’d like Paul Simon to comfort you? Fear not, brave soul. Moka has some content for you. Moka is an odd SMS service that condenses and sends the key thoughts from many popular self-help books (Louise Hay’s “You Can Heal Your Life,” Wayne Dyers “Inspiration,” God’s “The… Read More

  • Nokia 5070 – A No Frills Candybar Phone

    Nokia 5070 – A No Frills Candybar Phone

    Those who enjoy the simpler things in life will gladly welcome the Nokia 5070. This candybar-style phone has no radical design and is chock full of basic features! You’ll get the ability to SMS and MMS, stunning audio messaging, a built-in camera with a terrible resolution, FM radio to listen to NPR on, a stereo headset, and the choice between a red or blue paint job. Doesn’t get any… Read More

  • T-Mobile to Unveil the Sidekick ID: Slimmed Down SK3

    T-Mobile to Unveil the Sidekick ID: Slimmed Down SK3

    Over the past few months, rumors of a “Sidekick 2.5″ were flying about. I took notice and after a few weeks, checked with some of my sources to confirm. Sure enough, a “Sidekick 2.5″ was in the works as a trimmed-down alternative to the Sidekick 3. Today I was leaked a picture of the device, which you see above in a color pattern known as “ugly”. Though… Read More

  • Ditch T-Mobile Without The Fees

    Ditch T-Mobile Without The Fees

    We’re not sure if you noticed or not, but recently it seems every carrier is raising SMS prices. Now T-Mobile has joined its rivals by increasing rates for SMS, yet decreasing MMS prices. And when a provider changes it’s service, you know what that means kids… That’s right! It means you can cut and run with T-Mobile without forking over a $200 cancellation fee. Boy Genius… Read More

 
  • GSM Doorbell Texts You When Aunt Beatrice Shows Up

    GSM Doorbell Texts You When Aunt Beatrice Shows Up

    True phone phreaks freaks will appreciate this GSM doorbell system from Dutch manufacturer Waleli. Once you install the doorbell system, you can let friends and family in remotely by entering a password via SMS when the doorbell is rung. The pizza guy? He’s chill. My mother? Come on in. Angry mob of loyal CDMA supporters or Jehovah’s Witnesses? Buzz off. As awesome as this system is… Read More

  • Those Chinese Love Them Some Texting

    Those Chinese Love Them Some Texting

    If you thought your high school girlfriend sent a lot of SMSs, wait ’till you see what China is predicting. The Xinhua news agency said Monday that it expects over 14 billion text messages to be sent during the Lunar New Year. Keep in mind, this is just during one week! China Unicom and China Mobile have both adjusted their networks to compensate for the increase in traffic. Plus, with over… Read More

  • TXTDrop.com: Free SMS

    TXTDrop.com: Free SMS

    In the spirit of AllCallsForFree or whatever that latest Iowa free international number is, TXTDrop is offering free SMS calls. No catch, just a little added tag at the end of the message advertising the service. There’s even an OS X widget and the mandatory Web 2.0 logo. Give it a go — while its still free. Web Page Read More

  • SpinVox Spins to the States

    to note that SpinVox is now launching within our borders. He’s been using the service since December and seems to be mighty pleased with it. Whenever you receive a voicemail, SpinVox converts the message to text and sends it to your phone via SMS. That way you can get the message in a timelly, but unobtrusive, fashion. Although it is currently negotiating carriers, you can test the service… Read More

  • Croatians Love Their Texting!

    Croatians Love Their Texting!

    MMS messages like this one were part of the massive amount of SMS messages that were sent by Croatians to bring in the new year. People from Croatia really helped celebrate 2007 with 32.5 million texts being sent to wish each other a good new year. From the AP: From 07:00 pm (1800 GMT) on New Year’s eve until midnight on January 1, users of Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile and Mobilkom… Read More

  • UK City Council Pushing Excuse SMS Service

    UK City Council Pushing Excuse SMS Service

    Score one for our boys across the pond. Ever been at a dinner, party, or some event where you want to leave but need a way out that is subtle and plausible? The text message is the perfect opportunity to get “urgent news” that will let you ditch that ugly chick faster than the speed of light. Now a city council in the UK is offering a free service that allows you to receive an excuse… Read More

  • TechCrunch's Group SMS Service Round-Up

    TechCrunch's Group SMS Service Round-Up

    Marshall Kirkpatrick, our weird cousin from TechCrunch who beats us up when we see him at Easter has written up a nice article detailing the selection different group SMS services that have been popping up lately. Sure, there was Dodgeball, but now you’ve got more than one choice. While he doesn’t cover all the companies offering similar services (that might well be impossible), he… Read More

  • 3jam Text Service Lets You Bug All Your Friends Simultaneously

    The SMS-based 3jam service lets you send a text to one number, which then gets multicast to everyone in that “group”. They’re free to use right now, and normal text messages still apply. But it’s one text per group, despite however many members you have in the group. There’s no obvious money-making model here right now, though there’s a great money-losing one. Read More

  • SMSJock: Your Disc Jockey Connection

    SMSJock: Your Disc Jockey Connection

    Those disc jockeys are in for it now! A new technology has been released that will enable listeners to message the disc jockey directly, for a nominal fee of course. Now listeners can badger and pester the jockey into playing whatever they want. Utilizing any mobile phone with SMS functionality, the listeners can use this web-based service, called, unfortunately, SMSJock, to text directly to the… Read More