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Text the school nurse for a morning-after pill

The morning-after emergency contraceptive pill is to be made available to schoolgirls at six schools in Oxfordshire here in the UK. And the medium of request is text messaging. If you’ve been having a bit of jiggery-pokery and you think the contraception might have failed; or if you didn’t bother and you’re in a blind […]

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Will SMS ever become mainstream for small business?

I got a reminder yesterday from my dental practice. By text message. Here’s how it read: Ewan, this is just a reminder that you have an appointment tomorrow at 10am. [insert name of practice] Good service, no? Aye. I was very impressed. They’d obviously taken my phone number and decided to follow up with a […]

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+49 German inbound SMS numbers launched by TynTec

If you’ve been hunting for a German version of the ubiquitous +44 UK long numbers, consider taking a look at TynTec’s latest offering. They’ve launched the 12-digit phone numbers today — to join their UK and Finnish offerings. ‘Long numbers’ (i.e. numbers that look like normal mobile phone numbers, but usually only receive SMS) are […]

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iTAGG’s numbers now earn 0.5 pence on inbound texts

Interesting news from Steve at UK mobile services firm, iTAGG. Check this out: – – – – – Hi Ewan Hope you’re well and enjoyed Barcelona. I’ll be at Cebit next week so lets meet if you are going too. Thought you would like a world exclusive from iTAGG….. iTAGG’s Dedicated Virtual SMS Numbers (e.g. […]

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UK snowfall sends AQL traffic up 5x this morning

I just heard from Fliss over at messaging service provider — and regular MIR advertiser — AQL. The saw their traffic hit 300,000 texts before 9am this morning. As AQL top man, Dr Adam Beaumont explains: “Companies can store the mobile numbers of staff or customers with us securely in an online list. If they […]

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TheTrainLine’s SMS service: ‘Nuclear Flucking FAIL’

Have a read of this Tweet from Mike Butcher of TechCrunch UK: https://www.mobitix.thetrainline.com shit as well. SMS required for registration still hasn’t arrived after an hour. NUCLEAR FUCKING FAIL. Reading between the lines, I’m getting an impression of frustration. Are you? 😉 Seriously. When you decide to validate customer handsets with a text function, it’s […]

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BlykWatch: Swap to £15 credit winds up some users

Those of you who are regular readers of the site will know that I covered a series on the site known as BlykWatch, which was where I posted regularly about UK ad funded MVNO Blyk. In September Ewan and I took the decision to retire the series as we felt nothing much was happening with […]

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115,000 Brits text [Mid-East] CEASEFIRE in 3 days

Save The Children ran a text campaign, via the chaps at Incentivated, recently, regarding the current Middle East conflict. It garnered 115,000 responses. All you had to do was text CEASEFIRE to 81819. The appeal was carried in half/full page ads in UK newspapers The Guardian, Daily Mail and Sunday Times amongst others. Smart. The […]

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The MIR Marketplace has £75k for you this week

I hope we’ve got £75k for you. Or a similar amount. I’d like to see if I can make you some money. Read on and I’ll explain. I thoroughly enjoy producing Mobile Industry Review. It’s generally a pleasurable experience, although, inevitably some tasks get a bit annoying now and again. One task that doesn’t ever […]

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Record Vodafone UK usage across the Festive period

Just got this in from Ally at Vodafone: Nearly 170m text messages were sent over the Vodafone UK network during the 24hrs of New Years Eve and Day. At its peak, just after midnight, over 6,000 text messages a second were processed. The same period saw Vodafone customers make nearly 90 million calls. The festive […]

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Follow AQA63336 on Twitter for some Twitertainment

You know how AQA, the text-answer-service is continually answering some weird and wonderful questions from people (usually sat in the pub)? Questions like: How many badgers would it take to fill the Empire State Building. That sort of thing? Well, every day, AQA are tweeting the odd answer that they’ve given. Brilliant idea to show […]

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O2 rings in the New Year with 166 million SMSs

Telefónica O2 in the UK just announced on the New Year, 1,900 text messages were sent every second. Over a 24 hours period, 166 million SMSs were sent, with their records ending on 7:30 January 1st. No news if this has set a new record and no one was on hand from O2 to deny […]