SMS archive

  • Office of Fair Trading spams kids
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    Office of Fair Trading spams kids

    By 19 February 2008

    The Office of Fair Trading launched a new scheme to warn the UK's youth about the dangers of replying to spam text messages. The organisation sent thousands of mock SMS spam messages to people aged between 18 and 24 as part of Scams Awareness Month. The...

  • Two trillion texts to be sent in 2008
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    Two trillion texts to be sent in 2008

    By 2 January 2008

    Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 2.3 trillion messages will be sent worldwide in 2008, which apparently represents a 19.6% increase from the 2007 total of 1.9 trillion messages. Mobile messaging revenue across major markets will grow 15.7% in 2008 to $60.2...

  • Texters to experience 6 hour delays on New Year's Eve
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    Texters to experience 6 hour delays on New Year's Eve

    By 31 December 2007

    New research commissioned by Palm with Ipsos MORI, shows that 70% of people who send text messages at midnight on New Year's Eve experience a delay in having their SMS delivered to their loved ones. The poll highlights the overwhelming strain on SMS networks...

  • Find-your-friends "upingme" service launches
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    Find-your-friends "upingme" service launches

    By 18 December 2007

    A new free service which broadcasts mobile phone users' exact locations anywhere in the world by SMS is being launched by UK website upingme.com (as in: "you ping me"). What's described as a world first, the service delivers a mobile phone's exact location,...

  • SatLav find a loo mobile service launches
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    SatLav find a loo mobile service launches

    By 30 November 2007

    A new text service has launched that offers an interesting public service... The "SatLav" service promises to tell you where the nearest public toilet is in the City of Westminster. The somewhat geographically limited offering covers just 8.5 square miles...

  • One billion text messages sent every week in the UK
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    One billion text messages sent every week in the UK

    By 5 November 2007

    The Mobile Data Association (MDA) has today announced its latest quarterly UK research into mobile phone text volumes. The figures show that 4825 billion messages were sent during September 2007, an average of over 1.2 billion messages every week, staggeringly,...

  • Parrot DF7700, the world's first MMS digital picture frame
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    Parrot DF7700, the world's first MMS digital picture frame

    By 24 October 2007

    Parrot has announced that its "ground-breaking" MMS digital photo frame will hit stores by the end of the year, pricing as yet to be revealed. The company says the Parrot DF7700 will let users easily display and share all their photos with anyone they...

  • Do Me London mobile phone tourist guides launch
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    Do Me London mobile phone tourist guides launch

    By 18 October 2007

    A new and unique way to explore London has launched - for your mobile phone. Do Me Mobile Limited announces the launch of Do Me ... London, described as an informative and entertaining tourist guide that's available on your phone whenever and wherever...

  • Google buys Zingku - mobile social networking company
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    Google buys Zingku - mobile social networking company

    By 28 September 2007

    Google has bought Zingku, a company that offers mobile social networking. Confirming the purchase with a brief statement, the online company stated that Zingku's assets can "help build products and features that will benefit our users, advertisers and...

  • UK mobile phone users top for texts
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    UK mobile phone users top for texts

    By 19 September 2007

    The UK sends more texts than any other country in Europe, research from Universal McCann has discovered. The research comes from a global study that looked at results from 10,000 participants in July this year. An average UK mobile user sends 100 texts...

  • Vodafone's new "unlimited" offers for £40 call plans
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    Vodafone's new "unlimited" offers for £40 call plans

    By 5 September 2007

    Vodafone has "refreshed" its pay monthly price plans and is now offering unlimited calls to landlines in the UK if a customer takes out a £40 or above price plans. Or, if a customer prefers to text, then they can choose to have unlimited text messages...

  • Google patents "GPay" SMS payment system
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    Google patents "GPay" SMS payment system

    By 3 September 2007

    Although logically an extension of the Google Checkout service, fuel for the gPhone rumours can be found in a recent Google patent. In February this year Google patented the "GPay" system which lets you order and pay for products and services via SMS....

  • 82ASK launches three free festival questions offer
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    82ASK launches three free festival questions offer

    By 21 June 2007

    82ASK, the mobile text and answer company, has announced the launch of a free service to help people get the most out of their summer music festivals. The company is offering three free text answers to UK festival-goers to help them out of tight spots....

  • Vodafone and Skype in voice-to-text deals with SpinVox
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    Vodafone and Skype in voice-to-text deals with SpinVox

    By 13 February 2007

    Sending text messages is about to get even easier, thanks to a service from a company called SpinVox, the "Voice-to-Screen messaging experts". Thanks to a new deal with Vodafone UK and a working relationship with Skype, its Spin-my-Vmail voice messaging...

  • Messaging will still be the most popular mobile phone service through 2011
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    Messaging will still be the most popular mobile phone service through 2011

    By 18 January 2007

    Messaging will still be the most popular data usage on mobile phone for at least the next 4 years, despite the growth of content and other services, says JupiterResearch. Indeed, over 70% of premium mobile services revenues will be from messaging in 2011....

  • Gadgets and mobiles helping students to cheat like never before
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    Gadgets and mobiles helping students to cheat like never before

    By 5 December 2006

    Students who have access to the latest gadgets and gizmos are cheating in record numbers, according to a Government-sponsored study by the Qualifications and Curriculum Agency. In the last year along, there's been an increase of 27% in students being...

  • ANSA knows the answer to that question
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    ANSA knows the answer to that question

    By 5 December 2006

    Google Answers may have shut up shop last week, but another answering service has popped up, this one designed for mobile phones. ANSA is the latest SMS question and answer service on the market. It offers 24 hour answers to any question you might need...

  • Over a third of UK adults want to vote by text
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    Over a third of UK adults want to vote by text

    By 28 November 2006

    A new survey by the BBC suggests that Brits are eager to vote in the General Election by text rather than having to go to a polling station. More than a third of UK adult mobile users said that they would be very interested in voting by text in a General...

  • Singaporean beats Guinness World Record for fastest texting
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    Singaporean beats Guinness World Record for fastest texting

    By 13 November 2006

    Another world record was shattered this weekend as a Singaporean student set a new benchmark for texting. Ang Chuang Yang typed 160-character SMS message in a blistering 41.52 seconds, beating the previous record of 42.22 by a fraction of a second. Singapore...

  • Infinite Monkey Project wants your texts
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    Infinite Monkey Project wants your texts

    By 26 October 2006

    In an attempt to show that texting is still very much alive and well, the company behind the software that makes predictive texting possible is asking the public to text in words that will then be made into a song. Called the Infinite Monkey Project because...

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    Mobile phone survey gives insight into dating behaviour

    By 20 September 2006

    A new survey has attempted to link the mobile phone habits of singles with their dating behaviour. The study, carried out by dating service Parship.co.uk, interviewed 1000 single people across Britain to examine their dating behaviour. Commitment phobics...

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    Study of personal texting patterns to help in criminal investigations

    By 11 August 2006

    Researchers from the University of Leicester are launching a study to see if text messages throw up user-specific linguistic patterns. The researchers hope that the study will aid investigations in criminal cases involving text messages. They cite a case...

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    Mobile phones and texting have changed the way people communicate

    By 24 July 2006

    Mobile phones are changing the way we relate to each, and are even introducing a new type of language because of text messaging. The Times today is reporting on a study by the London School of Economics and published in conjunction with the Carphone Warehouse...

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    Vodafone gives pay as you go customers free weekend texts

    By 29 June 2006

    Finally, a bit of a break for pay as you go mobile users resisting the commitment of a monthly plan. Vodafone Pay As You Talk customers can now receive free weekend texts and some even free weekend calls by using a certain amount of credit up during the...

  • HMV to offer purchases by mobile phone
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    HMV to offer purchases by mobile phone

    By 30 May 2006

    The new Txt2Buy service allows consumers to buy HMV products via a three-step process using their web-enabled mobile phones, bypassing logging on to the internet with a PC or visiting a store. HMV will place a series of adverts in national publications...