Australian Utilities firms implementing cool SMS tools

Link: gizmag Article: Innovative use of SMS by public utilities. When a train is delayed or cancelled, a personalised SMS message is sent advising of the delay and next scheduled service. Interactive SMS queries are also possible. Gizmag has published this useful overview of some of the SMS service innovations being implemented. 

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Link: The End User: Noticing a red flag – Technology – International Herald Tribune. According to Wireless Business Forecast, was the ninth most frequently visited entertainment site for cellphones last October in the United States. But it has had enough uncomfortable dealings with customers – both consumers and carriers – that I must advise […]

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Text credit to your friend’s mobile

Link: Alfies’ Blog – Blog Archive – TextPayMe. The people predominantly using text in the UK are kids. Kids don’t have credit cards, but they *do* have an issue with having enough money to carry on sending text messages! So instead of being able to sms money, how about being able to sms existing credit […]

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Police catch first criminal via text scheme

Link: News – Bury St.Edmunds Today: News, Sport, Jobs, Property, Cars, Entertainments & More. The 43-year-old man was arrested in Brandon on Tuesday thanks to Police Direct, a service that notifies residents of current crimes by text message or email. Fantastic!

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SMS key tool to get out the vote in Uganda

Link: The East African – News. The ICT manager for the NRM, Ibrahim Kaliisa, said they sent out 500,000 messages during nominations and many people turned up at Kololo airstrip, saying the president had sent them personal texts inviting them to the function. Mr Kaliisa said the NRM intends to send out over one million […]

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Help out Barnardos Ireland by text

Barnardos, Ireland’s leading children’s charity, today announced details of their "Toddle Text" campaign. Members of the public can make a €2 donation to Barnardos simply by texting the word "toddle" to 57080. This sort of offering is brilliant for targetting consumers when they’re in the right mindset.  If you see the add and you’re moved […]

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mTouche telecoms license suspended in Singapore

Thanks to EDMW who posted a comment on this SMS Text News blog post about the recent mTouche gaffe. EDMW linked to this article at Channel News Asia: Here The Infocomm Development Authority (IDA) has suspended mobile phone services provider mTouche for six months. Close to 300,000 mobile phone customers received New Year greeting SMSes, […]

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SMS texting complimenting event-based marketing

Link: Captive Interactive – NEWS – Friends and their phones: Mobile marketing gets people talking face to face. Last summer Captive Interactive in Winnipeg worked with clients like 7-Eleven and Warner Music to put on a series of events promoted through mobile. They partnered with local radio station Power 97, which asked listeners to text […]

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89% of brands plan to market via mobile

Link: 89% of Major Brands Planning to Market via Mobile Phones by 2008. Major brands are shifting significant marketing resources to marketing via mobile phones, according to an independent survey of 50 brand name companies commissioned by Airwide Solutions, the mobile infrastructure software provider. By 2008, 89% of brands will use text and multimedia messaging […]

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The old ‘you won the lottery’ swindle, this time by text

Link: Gulf Times Newspaper – Qatar, Gulf and World News – Qatar. INDIAN expatriate Ahmed was overjoyed when he received an SMS, stating his mobile phone number has won $9,500 (QR34,580) as prize in the ‘Yahoo! Annual Birthday Programme”. The only catch was he had to send 5% of the prize money as donation to […]

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High Court lawyers kept up to date by text

Link: The Hindu News Update Service. The Madras High Court Madurai Bench Advocates Association has hit upon the novel scheme, using the SMS facility on mobile telephones to inform lawyers regarding the "cause list", the daily schedule of cases in the respective courts. A friend of mine swears blind that there’s no way something such […]

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Ancient Bath goes high-tech in mobile trial – Mobile & Wireless – Breaking Business and Technology News at

Link: Ancient Bath goes high-tech in mobile trial – Mobile & Wireless – Among the applications volunteers will be able to try out will be an image recognition service, where users can send an MMS of a building to a central server which will determine their location and reply with details about the place […]

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