SMS archive

  • Secret Skype: Voice messages and SMS
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    Secret Skype: Voice messages and SMS

    By 24 January 2013

    Everyone knows about using Skype for its instant messaging abilities. Along with Skype calls, Skype-to-Skype IM is a core feature for the millions of users the world over. That isn’t the end of the messaging story, however, and, as part of Secret Skype...

  • Music2Text bringing tracks to your phone via SMS
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    Music2Text bringing tracks to your phone via SMS

    By 19 July 2012

    Music2Text is introducing a new way of downloading music using the old school tool that is texting. Music fans can simply text a name of a song to Music2Text and so long as the track is in its database it will be sent as a download to their phone. The...

  • APP OF THE DAY: SMS Backup+ review (Android)
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    APP OF THE DAY: SMS Backup+ review (Android)

    By 9 April 2012

    Remember the bad old days of copying contacts from your phone memory to your SIM card and back again when you got a new phone? Then came syncing with your computer and now, blissfully, we've moved almost all of this to the cloud. The problem of backing-up...

  • Self-deleting text app MyDestructibleText arrives on iPhone
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    Self-deleting text app MyDestructibleText arrives on iPhone

    By 22 November 2011

    Many will feel this self-deleting text service that has just launched on iPhone is a little dodgy; however it doesn't contain adult content or malware, so how is it dodgy? Well it's clear as day that rather than being used, as the example on the MyDestructibleText's...

  • Orange predicts a white and texty Christmas
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    Orange predicts a white and texty Christmas

    By 21 December 2010

    Vodafone recently told us how the snow at the end of November led to a massive boom in MMS sending, as people around the UK swapped pictures of their white covered streets and snowman efforts. And now Orange is predicting that with the snow set to continue...

  • Twitter buys SMS startup Cloudhopper
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    Twitter buys SMS startup Cloudhopper

    By 26 April 2010

    Twitter has announced that it's acquiring a messaging infrastructure company called Cloudhopper, signifying that it's not ready to give up on its humble SMS beginnings just yet. The company originally implemented the 140-character limit so that any tweet...

  • Brits send 96 billion texts in 2009
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    Brits send 96 billion texts in 2009

    By 1 February 2010

    The UK's love of text messaging is continuing to grow, recent figures from the Mobile Data Association show, despite the rise of "social messaging" via services like Twitter. The just released stats take into account both text messages and picture and...

  • Orange predicts bumper Christmas for texts
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    Orange predicts bumper Christmas for texts

    By 22 December 2009

    Orange is predicting a "bumper crop" of text and picture messages this Christmas and New Year as customers use the network to send season's greetings. While last year broke Orange records with more than 100 million text messages and more than one million...

  • Radio 1 listeners get free picture messaging day
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    Radio 1 listeners get free picture messaging day

    By 10 December 2009

    On Friday 11 December 2009, listeners in the United Kingdom can send free picture messages to the Radio 1 messaging number for a chance to see their images featured on the Radio 1 website. "Picture Messaging Day" is said to be designed to help young listeners...

  • Vodafone offering free international texts all day today
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    Vodafone offering free international texts all day today

    By 20 November 2009

    They've kept this one quiet, but it seems Vodafone is offering free international texts all day today, so if you're a Vodafone customer and there's anyone overseas that you'd like to surprise with an SMS out of the blue, today is the day. Vodafone customers...

  • Vodafone offers paid-for SMS retweet option
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    Vodafone offers paid-for SMS retweet option

    By 19 November 2009

    Vodafone has expanded its Twitter options in the UK by offering a new service that allows Twitter users to retweet messages via SMS. Vodafone customers can already send and receive SMS Twitter updates and now they can use the same number to retweet the...

  • Email extinction predicted in 10 years
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    Email extinction predicted in 10 years

    By 18 November 2009

    Email extinction could be a reality in the next 10 years, says TalkTalk, proclaiming the younger generation has no need for such long-winded communication. No doubt echoing similar studies from 10 years ago that predicted the absolute death of snail mail,...

  • Cluedo gets text messaging make-over in the US
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    Cluedo gets text messaging make-over in the US

    By 30 October 2009

    Classic murder mystery board game Cluedo, known as Clue in the States, has been given a text messaging make-over by games giant Hasbro. The new "Clue: Secrets & Spies Edition" launches in America as a spy-themed version of the game in which players receive...

  • Vodafone offers an hour of free texts this Friday
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    Vodafone offers an hour of free texts this Friday

    By 21 October 2009

    "With the clocks going back this weekend, it's easy to feel all doom and gloom about the dark nights and cold mornings" says Vodafone. The slightly tenuous solution? An hour this coming Friday when all text messages sent on the Vodafone network will be...

  • Twitter announces Bharti Airtel text partnership
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    Twitter announces Bharti Airtel text partnership

    By 15 October 2009

    As part of its plans to "partner with organizations that share our vision for positive global impact", Twitter has announced a partnership with Bharti Airtel, the largest mobile operator in India. This team-up means a "huge population" of people can now...

  • AQA text service answers 20 millionth question
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    AQA text service answers 20 millionth question

    By 2 October 2009

    Text-based question and answer service AQA 63336 has announced it has reached the impressive milestone of answering its 20 millionth question. The milestone puzzler, asked 6pm on 29 September, was: "Which hero featured in books by Captain W E Johns?"....

  • PayPal adds SMS security layer
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    PayPal adds SMS security layer

    By 21 September 2009

    Online payment service PayPal has rolled out a new feature that it hopes will increase the security on its users accounts. You can now choose to authorise every transaction via your mobile phone. All you have to do is register your phone number on PayPal's...

  • VIDEO: Braille coming to SMS
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    VIDEO: Braille coming to SMS

    By 18 September 2009

    Nokia has partnered with Tampere University and the Finnish Federation of Visually Impaired to create an application that allows the blind to read text messages on their S60 phones. The app - Nokia Braille Reader - has come out of the company's Beta Labs...

  • O2 offers PAYG customers unlimited texts and mobile web access
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    O2 offers PAYG customers unlimited texts and mobile web access

    By 15 September 2009

    O2 has announced it has reduced the minimum spend for a "Pay & Go" tariff that is says is "designed to give Pay & Go customers unlimited peace of mind when surfing and texting". The "Text & Web" tariff, usually for those who top-up £30 a month, is now...

  • First SMS trojan identified - "Sexy Space"
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    First SMS trojan identified - "Sexy Space"

    By 23 July 2009

    Malware defence company F-Secure has identified three Chinese companies as being behind the "Sexy Space" trojan. The virus, which got through the Symbian Foundation's digital signing process, spreads itself by text message. For applications to work on...

  • Visa trials mobile transaction confirmations
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    Visa trials mobile transaction confirmations

    By 21 July 2009

    Visa Europe has announced the trial of a new mobile service that gives Visa cardholders instant transaction confirmation to their mobiles when they use their debit, credit, or prepaid card. Visa says the notifications will provide "increased peace of...

  • O2 Joggler gets messaging
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    O2 Joggler gets messaging

    By 12 June 2009

    O2 has announced it has gone live with messaging on its O2 Joggler family organiser device. Those that have a Joggler may have already noticed that the messaging application went live over the last couple of days. The app lets owners of the digital frame-esque...

  • Facebook offers SMS status updates
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    Facebook offers SMS status updates

    By 5 June 2009

    Facebook is offering a new service that lets users of the social networking site subscribe to receive text messages of their friends' status updates directly from their profiles. Users can also comment on their friends' status updates directly from their...

  • WeROK free mobile phone Wi-Fi portal announced
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    WeROK free mobile phone Wi-Fi portal announced

    By 27 April 2009

    WeROK, a Wi-Fi powered mobile portal including "low-cost" texting and free mobile phone services, has been announced. Coming at Symbian S60 3rd Edition phone owners, the service, from ROK and WeFi offers the afore-mentioned low-cost SMSing, mobile email...

  • Vodafone offers "Freedom Packs"
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    Vodafone offers "Freedom Packs"

    By 8 April 2009

    From Good Friday, 10 April, Vodafone pay as you go customers will be able to buy "Freedom Packs" that Vodafone says give £50 worth of minutes and texts for £10. The Freedom Packs, which include minutes and texts, can be bought using existing credit...