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Sending SMS From A Computer

Here’s a list of some of the available ‘PC to SMS’ services, courtesy of Russell Beattie. My own offerings:

Both Yahoo and ICQ chat offer some kind of SMS service, but I’ve found them to be somewhat unreliable. This is less to do with them and more to do with the end provider, but in the end if you don’t know your SMS has arrived, the service is pointless. The Asian experience, at least, has shown that free services don’t last, and people would rather pay a bit and know their SMSes have arrived, than try the lottery of a service that may or may not always work.

I’ve noticed Americans getting into SMS in the past couple of months, presumably because of improved services over there, which is great. Hopefully this will lead to an improvement in inter-carrier operability. Europe and Asia have long had these services — and the ability to send SMS between continents — so perhaps this is the start of something big.

Nokia Sets An Example For RSS

Here’s a sign of what a company can do with RSS, winning fans, distributing information and building bridges. Technical consultant and blogger Russell Beattie points to a wonderful page by Nokia, containing all of Nokia’s documents, announcements and toolkits via a bunch of different RSS feeds.

As Russell says, “There’s sooooo much to be gleaned from Nokia’s site it’s incredible.” He points to just one document, a presentation Music, video, streaming contents services Demand in Asia Pacific which has some fascinating facts about current mobile data services world wide:

  • Approx 1 billion SMS/day globally
  • Mobile ring tones are already a USD 3-5billion business
  • UK ring tones market will overtake the CDs singlesmarket 2003
  • UK: over 780 million WAPpage impression /month in June 2003 (130% growthin 9 months)
  • Est~10 millionmobile Java downloadsglobally / month in June 2003
  • Over 75 operators have launched mobile Java services
  • Over 140 operatorshave launched MMS(Aug 2003)
  • mmo2 reportsapprox 5 MMS /monthsper active user
  • Over 20 operatorshave launched mobile video content services (MMS video, streaming)

There’s enough there for a dozen columns. But what I like is that Nokia have taken the trouble to present all this information in an accessible way. My grumble with Nokia until now is that their sites are not intuitive — unlike their cellphones — but you can’t say that anymore. I wish more companies would do this kind of thing. It’s not rocket science but it is helpful.