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Textopoly moves the marketplace with just 250 text messages

Steve Yzerman is a name that will mean next to nothing to international readers of Mobile Industry Review. A quick Google reveals that he was a rather good Ice Hockey player playing with a team by the name of the Detroit Red Wings. Steve has been retired since 2006 and is now President of the […]

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The lady who taught America to text

I just bumped into Cristy Burgan, VP Marketing Solutions for Acision. It was Cristy who wrote the script for Ryan Seacrest, presenter of American Idol, that taught America to text. American Idol was one of the very first text-enabled live television shows – and that got millions of Americans picking up their handsets and scrolling […]

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Zambians mourn President’s death over SMS

Text messages are cool, aren’t they? Expressing yourself in words and hurrying it across to your loved ones was never so interesting. Over the years, as technology advances, text messages and the technology behind it has been put to use in a lot of places. Be it twitter, reality-show votes, ebay update notifications or simply […]

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Ottumwa parents get text messaging. You know Ottumwa, right?

If you live in the Outtumwa school district — you know Ottumwa — down Iowa way? Well, you’re lucky. You can sign up to get updates from your child’s school by text. So reports one of those amusingly-named American television stations (“KTVO”). The Ottumwa School District believes that parents will be better informed of cancellations, […]

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Strain to chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with lime. Nice.

Here’s Kip with a look at a rather innovative text service launched recently: – – – When Ewan asked me to review a SMS text based cocktail recipe service, I must admit to jumping at the chance. I love alcohol – the photos of me on Facebook minus eyebrows are a testament to this! So […]

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AQA tip apparently yields one punter £33,000

I was just talking to question answering service, AQA and apparently — I haven’t managed to confirm this — one of the betting tips that they suggested has yielded one lucky punter a £33,000 win. Nice. Not a bad return for a premium rate text message eh? I will hopefully get some more details soon.

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Did you ever have a penfriend when you were younger?

I came across this post on a forum this morning. We’ve got countless, countless alerts, feeds and whatnot — all around texting, SMS and mobile. Tia’s forum post popped up: Would you like to be email or text friends? Hello! my name is Tia, im not new to Christianity but im trying now to find […]

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Former prisoners/prolific offenders get text message reminders

This is a good idea.? An excellent use of the medium (so reports the Shields Gazette): SOUTH Tyneside offenders will soon be sent text messages to remind them of their next appointments. Probation officers in Gateshead are already texting prolific offenders and those convicted of drug-related offences to remind them of future meetings. And from […]

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Obama screws up VP text message. Stupid.

Morra Aarons-Mele, writing in The Guardian’s Comment Is Free, reports that she knew the Vice President’s identity two hours before her exclusive text message arrived from the Obama campaign. Why? It was reported on CNN. (See our original coverage of the concept.) Crazy. The whole point of the Obama VP text scenario was, I thought, […]

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Twitter’s UK text replacements – it’s going to be hard work

I’ve just had a very nice ham sandwich. I’m having a coffee in the canteen. I’m about to get on the plane. It’s quite busy. I am in Marylebone, United Kingdom. I am in Euston, London, United Kingdom. What a busy day. Now it’s time to do the ironing. So.  Many of us will happily […]

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i2SMS powering Scion’s Minnesota State Fair text campaign

Giff Gfroerer if your go-to-guy if you’re doing 2-way text services throughout North America. Giff, President of i2SMS, dropped me a note to tell me about the latest campaign they’ve been working on. He’s been a long time reader of Mobile Industry Review and he knows that I absolutely eat-up news about mobile companies doing […]

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Visa tests out text fraud warnings

Visa has announced a new scheme to warn customers about potentially fraudulent transactions by SMS. Using 2,000 guinea pigs, Visa is testing a new service which will send out text or email alerts to bank customers when certain transactions are carried out on their accounts, such as when a payment is made over a certain […]