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Mobile messaging applications (2002-2003)

More messaging (2004)


SMS for "Short Marriage Service" in India (Yahoo India, November 2003): Matchmaking via SMS has joined Internet matchmaking to give neighbourhood matchmakers and matchmaking organisations a run for their money. New York-based matrimony web portal has ventured into the area through its 'Matrimony on Mobile' service in India. The portal claims that anyone looking to get married can find a match for herself or himself in just five minutes via SMS!


South African party launches SMS link to voters (Mail and Guardian, November 2003): The leader of the Independent Democrats in South Africa, has launched an SMS-based service to keep in contact with voters. The public can send messages or queries to 33811 on topical national issues. SMS polls will also be conducted whereby South Africans can vote on controversial subjects.


Parking violators in Iowa get helpful reminders via SMS (Iowa City Press Citizen, November 2003): The Parking Day text service in Iowa sends text messages to drivers reminding them to move their cars on street-cleaning days and 'opposite side of the street' days. Motorists can take advantage of this service by logging onto and indicating the days and time they want a reminder.


Activating Wi-Fi connections via SMS in Singapore (CNET Asia, September 2003): Foreign visitors roaming on the Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) mobile network can send an SMS to SingTel to request a temporary user ID and password to access the wireless hotspots. Those wishing to use the service call *186 on their mobile phones, and receive an SMS with the user ID and password within seconds after the call is disconnected and is vaild until 12 midnight on the same day. - help keep track of your child via SMS: A new web and mobile phone service called has been launched to help parents keep an eye on kids from a distance. The subscription-based service, which claims to be the first of its kind in the UK, allows parents to monitor the whereabouts of their children without needing to constantly pester them with phone calls. Parents can access information via the childlocate website and the system uses SMS signals to determine the child's location.


Ski and Text in the US (Unstrung, October 2003): The first ever wireless network of its kind has been installed at a US ski resort, at Squaw Valley USA. Future expansion of service will allow skiers (or parents with skiing children) carrying a PDA to see others' locations at the resort, send them voice or text messages, get real-time ski area information (like lifts reporting short lines), report emergencies and happy hour notifications etc.

Dictate your soap's plot by SMS in the UK (Guardian Unlimited, September 2003): A new soap opera in the UK called 'InYrShoes' will have its storylines decided by viewers using SMS. Followers of the soap will be informed of its developement through traditional method, via text-message updates or through photostrip multimedia messages sent direct to their mobiles. At the end of each episode there will be a cliffhanger or dilemma - and that's where the audience takes control... 

UK's 3 launches phone guide to restaurants, pubs and bars (3G newsroom, Sept 2003): Hutchison's video mobile network 3 has launched a comprehensive guide to restaurants, pubs and bars for its mobile phones. 3 also helps users get to their chosen hang-out through their mobile mapping service.

Australian radio listeners get more for their music  by SMS (B&T Marketing and Media, Sept 2003): Austereo, the largest radio broadcaster in Australia, has launched an SMS initiative that lets listeners get more information about the songs they like on various stations. Listeners can now send in a text message with the word "figjam" to the station and receive a return message with the name of the song currently playing and other relevant details.

London's famous Notting Hill Carnival goes digital with MMS (BBC, September 2003):  In 2003, festival goers could experience famous UK Notting Hill Carnival on your mobile phone by MMS. Subscribers can sign up to receive pictures of the carnival free of charge and participants to the festival have the chance to make their digital pictures available to subscribers.

An interactive SMS TV game will be launched in the Asian market  (, Sept 2003): An interactive game that allows viewers to use their mobile phones to play games on television by sending commands via text messages is set to be launched in the Asian market after successful runs across Europe.

Messaging is in the air (Vnunet, Sept 2003): After a year-long trial of one-way SMS onboard Singapore Airlines flights, airline technology provider SITA is to launch a commercial two-way service, to be introduced by the end of 2003. Passengers will be able to send and receive SMS or email using their in-seat telephone handset. Users will be able to pay for the service by credit card or by using SITA's Aircom prepaid calling card.

Text messages play games with TV (BBC News, August 2003): Interaction between text messaging and television programming is set to grow. Voting via SMS is already immensely popular in programmes such as Pop Idol, Fame Academy and Big Brother.But soon you could be shooting, kicking or punching other people on screen over a mobile handset.

Protesting against VAT in India (Express India, March 2003): Trade associations in India decided to protest against VAT by launching an SMS campaign. The campaign was by 100-odd trade association members and the strategy seems to be to start a campaign through the age-old ''chain-letter'' system. Each trader has been asked to send at least 10 messages from their mobile phones to other numbers, telling the recipients about VAT and how it affects both traders and consumers.

Baggage Info via SMS - Scandinavian Airlines (Eye for Travel, March 2003):  Five thousand regular Scandinavian Airlines' customers are being invited to test a new information service: receiving an SMS text message on arrival if baggage has been delayed for some reason. The SMS also states when the baggage is expected to arrive.

SMS for chocolate (Business Standard, March 2003): India's BPL Mobile has tied up with Cadbury's to set up 100 machines dispensing chocolates to its cellular subscribers. The subscriber has to send an SMS specifying what he wants. The machine confirms the transaction on SMS. The subscriber accepts the confirmation and the machine dispenses. The chocolates are charged for in the telephone bill and passed on to Cadbury.

Mobile mapping in Ireland: The Irish ISP IOL has started charging users to access maps and aerial photographs. Users must text 'MAP' to a special number, then enter the code received on their mobile phone into the on-screen box. Each 50c payment enables them to gain unrestricted access to the service for one hour. Go to the IOL site.

Ready, steady, FIRE ...or is it TEXT? (Guardian Unlimited, August 2002): Botfighters is one of the most sophisticated games emerging on what is a new platform for play: the mobile phone. The mobile version uses positioning technology to turn the user into a virtual assassin.


Mobile messaging applications (2002-2003) 

More messaging (2004) 


Order your pay-per-view via SMS in the UAE (AME Info, November 2003): The PAY TV network Showtime has launched an SMS text service for ordering Home Cinema pay-per-view movies. Home Cinema Text is an SMS text service that enables subscribers to order their personal selection of pay-per-view movies via their mobile phone using the short message service.


Text alerts for school closures (BBC, December 2003): A Scottish council has set up a mobile text alert service to let residents know about disruption to schools because of bad weather. Although the first snow of winter has yet to fall in Fife, the council is already planning for possible gridlock. Just under 400 mobile phone users in the area have already registered for the "winter centre" service.
New Zealand Labour Party uses SMS to chat with youth
(Geekzone, November 2003): A new website launched by the New Zealand Labour Party promotes chats with MPs, including SMS options. The site publishes a schedule with next appearances.


Exchanging a Belgian "I do" by SMS (Ananova, October 2003) : A Belgian couple are to get married by SMS because text messaging has played such a big part in their relationship. The wedding will take place on the 14th of November and the couple will exchange vows by SMS but then sign the registry in the traditional way to make sure the wedding is legal.


The morning after mobile - UK pilot scheme (BBC, October 2003): Teenage girls will be able to use their mobile phones to access the morning after pill when a controversial pilot scheme gets underway on Tyneside (UK) in December. The scheme, will provide a help line number to girls who suspect they are pregnant. After leaving their mobile phone number, they will receive a text message detailing an appointment - within 24 hours if necessary - with a doctor or nurse, who will supply them with the pill and offer advice on sexual health.


Texting to reduce delays and congestion on bus routes in the UK (ZDNet UK, October 2003):A mobile tracking system aims to cut passenger waiting times for London buses by stopping the 'bunching' pattern that sees several turning up at once and then a long gap until the next one. Bus operator Metroline will send text message alerts to its drivers that will allow them to speed up or slow down to maintain more even intervals between buses.


Always messaging: Coca-Cola SMS promotion in the US (Business Wire, October 2003): Coca-Cola consumers in the U.S. can now redeem cap codes from 20-oz. bottles via Short Message Service (SMS). Participants can enter cap codes using their mobile phones to accrue points, or 'Decibels,' in their Decibel Central account on Consumers build their virtual account of 'Decibels' by submitting unique cap codes from specially marked bottles by texting ''2653' (COKE). They can then visit to enter for chances to win prizes.

Mobile Parking in Austria (BWCS, October 2003): The m-parking system allows users to pay for parking via their mobile handsets. By Day 7, a total of 20,604 m-parking applications had been received, a milestone which had not been expected to be reached until April 2004. Similar teleparking schemes have had successful trials in Singapore and Australia.

Texting to help combat car thefts (Evening Times UK, Sept 2003): A car can now phone its user to tell them it's being broken into! This recently launched Advanced Theft System is installed beneath the car's dashboard. It uses US military satellites to track the car, then gives directions relative to landmarks, restaurants and bars. Drivers can then send a text message to order the alarm to shut down the car's engine the next time it stops.

Malta launches "M-government" education initiative  (, July 2003): The government of Malta has launched an "M-government" initiative and is providing examination results by SMS. Other applications include notifications of court deferrals to clients and their lawyers, and sending renewal notifications for trade licences.
Praying by SMS? (Reuters Asia, May 2003):   Busy Indians are jumping the temple queues during one of Bombay's biggest Hindu festivals by making their offerings through SMS. For 51 rupees, plus the message charge, devotees can SMS "PUJA" (word meaning prayer) to the BPL Mobile cellular operator to have prayers said for them at the city's most popular temple. After the prayer, the temple sends the BPL customer a receipt, special offerings and a portrait of Ganesh.

Schools turn text messaging against truants (Ananova, May 2003): Two schools in Dublin, Ireland are operating a pilot scheme to alert parents by text message when their children are playing truant. The schools are using a computerised database to record students who fail to turn up for lessons. The system automatically sends out a message to parents when children miss the morning roll-call.

SMS used to allay fears about SARS (Guardian Unlimited, April 2003): The Hong Kong government sent a blanket text message to 6m mobile phones in a bid to scotch a spoof internet story spreading fears about Asia's mystery bug. The hoax story about Hong Kong being being an "infected city" was allegedly posted on the net by a 14-year-old boy. The government resorted to text messaging  after the report appeared, prompting panic among some residents.

Texting late payers in Scotland (Ananova, January 2003): A council in Scotland is sending text messages to tenants who fall behind with their rent. Fife Council has launched the scheme to chase slow payers by mobile phone. They get a text reading "Please contact our officer regarding your rent arrears" and quoting a local office number. Half of the people contacted by text responded, compared to just one in four sent reminders by post.

Texting motorists to ensure highway safety (Gulf News, October 2002): Dubai police have started sending short messages to mobile phones of drivers urging them to observe lane discipline on highways. The move is part of an awareness campaign under the theme 'Safety on Highways' organized by the Traffic Department in cooperation with the Moral Guidance Department.

More are paying bus fares in Finland by SMS (Europemedia, August 2002): During the summer months of 2002, sales of SMS tickets for Helsinki's public transport system (Finland) increased dramatically, by 30%. SMS Tickets can be ordered by sending a text message and the user is billed through his or her regular mobile phone bill. The public transport ticket is also delivered to the commuter by SMS.

UK government turns to Text (BBC, May 2002) The UK Government is considering using mobile communications as part of its drive to make all public services available electronically by 2005. It is in talks with mobile phone network operators and handset makers to use SMS to exchange information and support secure transactions.

Text messaging tests China's freedom (CNET, March 2002): Mobile users in China--the world's largest mobile market--can now send SMS to the 2,987 deputies of the National People's Congress. The new service lets people test the bounds of a new freedom of expression in China, where politically charged jokes have begun to spread like wildfire from the Internet onto cell phones.

Hungarian SMS Elections (Europemedia, March 2002): In March 2002, two of the leading Hungarian portal operators invited Hungarian mobile subscribers to vote via SMS three weeks before real parliamentary elections.




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