Online text messaging and pc to mobile texting

By: Marinda Stuiver

Text messaging or SMS is the transmission of short text messages to and from a mobile phone, fax machine and/or IP address. The messages consist normally out of alpha or numeric text and cannot be longer than 160 characters. Messaging is nowadays used widely for personal as well as business communication. This form of communication became very pervasive over the last couple of years as it is not just cheap but also easy to use for any person able to operate a mobile phone.

Texting from an IP address opened up a whole new world as far as mobile messaging is concerned. As a result products are available where users could send messages to mobile phones from web sites. With the aid of specially designed software and an internet connection the same objective could be achieved by users using dial-up accounts. SMS warehouse and PositiveComsol opened up communication for smaller businesses and private users with the launch of PositiveSMS desktop software and internet text messaging from smswarehouse.com.

PositiveSMS is a desktop tool distributed as Freeware.

Ease of use is key to this software. Users simply download the software and register online for a username and password. Thirty free test credits are allocated to each registrant for testing (users have to purchase more credits when it reaches the limit of 17). PositiveSMS includes an online phone book which ease maintenance of mobile phone numbers and contact details. It also logs the messages as they are sent as a history of sent messages.

Should users prefer internet text messaging, they could log into the website with the same username and password and send messages. Online phone book, message history, WAP bookmarking and business cards are available to web site users.

Handset to handset texting limits users to sending one message at a time - a very frustrating excercise when one has a list of friends to contact. SMSwarehouse web SMS allows users to create a list of numbers (comma seperated), save the file as a text file in a memorable place on their pc and upload it to the web for bulk sms. One short message is typed and despatched to the numbers on the list with a throughput of 3 sms/second and works on any computer that has access to the web.
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No installation, no maintenance, no training is required. When updates are done, the web site will display the upgraded version of the software and users will be advised of the latest upgrade and added features.

"This product is real easy to use and I have had great feedback from clients with whom I communicated via sms using PositiveSMS" says Mr. Christo Els, Restauranteur in Secunda, Mpumalanga South Africa. SMME's could especially benefit from this product as the software is distributed as freeware with users only paying per SMS. It opens up the world of text messaging for smaller business in areas where mobile telecommunication is available for example restaurants, liquor stores, guest houses as well as educational institutions (schools, universities, colleges).

PositiveSMS is distributed by SMSwarehouse and has been launched on  or for South Africa .

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