Articles about sms (page 2)

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile Will Not Charge Customers For Spam SMS
Receiving spam SMS is just a way of life as we’re sure many of you have inadvertently given your number out to a company, not realizing they’d be texting you on an hourly basis with special discounts you can receive if you reply to their offer. The annoying part of these spam SMS is the fact that they counted against your allowance of texts, that is, if you don’t already […]

Texting Before You Sleep Might Be Detrimental To Your Health
In a survey which was conducted on 83 college students, it was discovered that the higher the number of text messages that they sent out before bedtime, the more difficult it was to end up with a good night’s sleep after that. Does it sound like a whole lot of hogwash? Perhaps, or perhaps not. This particular study was written up in the Psychology of Popular Media Culture, and it […]

Wells Fargo Gives You Option For SMS Receipts At ATMs
Want to save the environment? Wells Fargo might have just the tonic for you with SMS receipts.

Instant Messaging Overtakes SMS Texts For The First Time
Even though smartphones have been on the market for over 10 years, mobile phone users still preferred to use SMS texts in order to communicate with other cell phones, especially when carriers bundle text messages with certain plans. But it looks like instant messaging through a number of applications has finally caught up with SMS texts, and in fact, has overtake it according to Informa.Research firm Informa believes nearly 19 […]

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Register Your Birth Certificate Via SMS
Those of us who live in countries where access to basic and decent healthcare are taken for granted, do spare a moment for folks living in Third World Countries. For instance, UNICEF reports that around two thirds of births that occur in sub-Saharan Africa go unregistered, but one of the countries, Ivory Coast, intends to buck this particular trend with the help of mobile technology to modernize the entire process. […]

US Law Wants Carriers To Store All Your SMSes
In the court of public opinion, controversy is never far away, depending on which side of the political divide you stand on. It seems that a few law enforcement groups have begun to lobby for Congress to agree to a law which will see wireless carriers having to comply to stash away every single text message that you have ever sent out via your mobile number, and this huge database […]

Charge Your Phone By Sending A Text Message
At first glance, the title might sound to be an oxymoron of sorts. After all, if your cellphone is already low on power, why bother to use up more energy by sending a text message? Perhaps an explanation is in order. In a nutshell, folks who live off-grid are now able to pay for electricity to charge up their handsets through the simple act of sending a text message, and […]

Texting Could Make You Smarter
I don’t know about you, but where I grew up, we were taught the Queen’s English, and abbreviations were very much shunned upon in our writing. The advent of text messaging on mobile phones and via IRC (yeah, there was no such thing as Skype back then, and to have an ICQ account was the “in thing”) helped evolve the English language, as short forms and the removal of vowels […]

Texter Mesmerized By Phone, Falls Into Canal
Just how connected are you to your smartphone, that you have suffered from the syndrome known as “phantom vibrations” in the past? You know, that awkward moment when your hand reaches for the phone in your pocket because you swore it vibrated due to an incoming message or email, only to realize it was your imagination and body playing tricks on you. Well, some of us are definitely too connected […]

iPhone Hack Lets You Start Your Car By Sending An SMS
Living in New Jersey, I can tell you we experience every season to the extreme as our winters are freezing and our summers are red-hot. So no matter what time of year it is, if it isn’t spring or fall, then I won’t ever want to leave my apartment. But when I do, the lower the amount of time I’m actually outside of my home, the better it’ll be for […]

Internet-Based Messaging Providers Should Support Text-To-911 Too, Suggests FCC
The FCC has been acting like the voice of truth and reason lately. Just a week after asking the FAA to allow the use of electronic devices during flights, the agency is now suggesting that wireless carriers and Internet-based messaging providers be required to allow its users to send emergency text messages to 911 call centers. The report follows after major carriers in the U.S., namely Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, […]

SMS Celebrates 20th Birthday
It was on December 3, 1992, when the first text message in the world was sent in the UK. Neil Papworth, who is an engineer working in the UK back then, had the honor of sending the first SMS in the world, and instead of something geekier like “Hello, World”, it read a plain and simple “Merry Christmas.” Of course, it must be interesting to note that for humans, most […]

US mobile users are sending less SMS these days according to report
Thanks to mobile internet and the creation of apps like WhatsApp, Skype, BBM, and etc., mobile phone users have found ways to send each other text messages that only require an internet connection. This means that even when faced with no cellular coverage and armed with WiFi, we are still able to send messages to one another. That being said, we guess it’s not surprising to learn that in the […]

Carrier messaging downward trend continues
Text messaging over mobile carriers are going through tough times – in fact, for the first time in years, US text messaging actually went down in the third quarter of 2012, and this could very well be attributed mainly to services such as iMessage and Whatsapp. Mobile analyst Chetan Sharma claimed that mobile phone users sent an average of 678 texts per month, which is 18 fewer compared to the […]

Swimming coach jailed due to oversight in SMS recipients
I am quite sure that some of us have ended up doing some absent minded things in the past, where among them include locking our car keys in the car itself, doing the same for house keys, and perhaps even walking into a room to take something only to forget what we had come in for originally. Well, I am quite sure that the last thing on swimming coach Craig […]

Woman texted her way down a cliff in Alaska
Have you ever texted or played a game on your smartphone while walking? If you have answered in the affirmative, then you would do well to take heed the moral of this story. Apparently, a lady was too busy texting on her handset, and when she tried to discard her cigarette butt in Kodiak, Alaska at a nearby cliff, she lost her balance and bearings, slipping on the wet grass […]

Iran censors “dollar” in text messages
Iran has had issues with the Internet in the past, and this time around, the world of text messages has been affected by Iranian policies as well. With the Iranian currency (rial) dropping to a new record low against the US dollar today, shedding nearly 8% in its value, it seems that the word “dollar” is now officially banned across mobile phone text services, as well as select Exchange websites. […]

Syrian rebels are holding machine guns on the right and cellphones on the left
In war-torn Syria, rebels are “MGexting”, that is, holding a machine gun in the right hand while the left hand is busy on a cellphone. Apparently Syrian rebels are relying heavily on SMS for their operations. As seen above, 20-year old Ahmed Sheikha is manning a 7.62mm PK machine gun while speeding towards the war-torn city of Aleppo. New York Times foreign correspondent C.J. Chivers said that Ahmed Sheikha defected […]

SMS alerts you of an incoming missile attack
If you were to reside in a war torn country, or perhaps one that has a very high probability of an incoming attack happening at any time of the day, then it makes perfect sense for the government in power to be able to do its part in protecting their citizens. As everyone should know by now, Israel is a major sore point in the world of global politics, and […]

Music2Text uses SMS as a music distribution platform
We typically don’t associate SMS and music distribution, but that’s exactly what Music2Text aims to do: use the most universal mobile phone communications building block (after voice) to sell and share music. The whole system is based on something very simple: each song can be identified with a “shortcode”. A shortcode is a special number like #7415 that is usually used by carriers to send settings to your phone.