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SMS SMS everywhere

Thinking about it, there are so many sites that are offering free SMS sending and each has it’s own differentiation marked.
I’ll just try putting down the different sites that are offering SMS service (did I miss the FREE keyword?), needless to say the list would never be complete (even if I were Mr. Google himself) and additions to the list would be made as and when encountered. Here it goes, without any order:

1) 160by2 : One of the first ones to bring in this service, quickly adopted by swarms. As the name says, the characters offered are 160/2, and then they use the other 160/2 for their ads (which I’m convinced are non-contextual, err… they are not contextual, if that sounded different). Plus they have numerous features, latest being send sms to Kuwait & Singapore.
Opinion: Fall of the legends [somehow, whenever I clicked on the username box, a pop-up would…pop-up…annoying.

2) Way2Sms: Again, a pioneer in the space, the first ones to distribute this concept. It’s been time since I visited this site, I see many new features — mail / IM integration being the one that was new to me!
Just a bit apprehensive post having tried using my gmail through this.
Opinion: Ad-hungry again, but liked the mail integration despite my apprehension
[The pop-up popped here too, just a click is all it takes]

3)Youmint: Brought in the concept of earning money on receiving SMS. Offers lined up currently on the site…upon registration. Plus I on-the-run noticed testimonials from users, specially reward receivers.
Opinion: It’ll take much to say some. Though I’d’nt stop from saying — Clean, neat page.

4)Spice SMS: I didn’t even know about this site and I say what Cypher said to the agents – Ignorance is bliss.
Cluttered would be my first impression, was my first impression.

5)Atrochatro: The one that gives 148 characters to the users.
(I just realised if this list is to be a list, it better be just a list and not a descriptive one at that)

6)Indyarocks: Has innovated around a lot of stuff including SMS. I like their reminder service.

7)SMSseva: *_*

8)Krify: Yeah I know, the name you mean? Ignore that…Everybody is giving some differentiated stuff. Krify has Blogs to offer. Did not try it much.
12)Freesms8: Unlimited 160 characters sms!
13)Smsfi: Another bit in the bytes — They have contests/videos/forums/blogs besides the Free sms feature – the looks are clean at least
14) Smsgupshup: Gaah, how could i forget this – This is the one with all the publicity right now, especially due to the recent Facebook-Smsgupshup tie-up, which enables facebook on SMS in India. SmsGupshup is the largest mobile community in India — referred as Facebook of India, it claims more than 20 Mn users in over a million communities. The beauty of the concept is that you can form your own community. Anybody can join the community and start receiving the content as you put some…leave apart any other player that I may have mentioned, this, my reader, is the biggest – at least as of now.
15) Smsmeon: A disruptive idea – a micro-blogging platform coupled with SMS integration. If you are unknown to Keywords, Short-code – no problem. It’ll take 10s to understand. sms Papa to 56767. ‘Papa’ is the keyword and the number that it is sent to is the short-code. Smsmeon allows you to own a keyword [usually you would want it to be your/org name or something that you represent — something like a domain name — but then it can be anything] on the short-code 56070 — For FREE(Till now it was a paid product, with prices upwards of 3k per keyword per month!!) – It is mobile identity in Smsmeon’s terminology. So what does that give you? Why should you want an identity on mobile?
Ans: just for the same reason that you would want an email Id or a domain name.
The Free-sms sending is just another add-on onto the site to attract users. I am totally impressed by the idea of getting a reservation on 56070 [I’m Brijesh on 56070]. Now it’s upto me to create the use for it.

I’m certain I have covered some decimal % of the sites out there, but these are the ones I could recall / google! and out of these I’d say “impressive” to
- Smsgupshup – for their sheer success and self-serve module provision – which in turn is the reason for it’s success
- Way2sms, 160by2 – for seeding the idea of Free sms and enraging the other players.
- Smsmeon – for the self-serve module and revolutionary idea of free keywords on short-codes.

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now you can reach me — brijesh at 56070

Have you checked www.smsmeon.com ? If not, kindly leave this page right now and block a keyword for yourself. I personally think it is a revolutionary concept. For those of you who still haven’t visited the site and continue to read this, go ahead (can I do anything about it anyway) – am sure the following text would help and perhaps you need it – why? What’s the need? – here’s a quick & crisp explanation.

Keyword – unless you have been hibernating for the last 3,4,5,6 yrs, you must have seen ads, posters, billboards, tv ads, heard it on the radio too and in most probabilities, used them at some point of time.

Short-code – till september/october last year, they used to be a 4 digit number (8888 being the most common one in my opinion) and now they are all prefixed with ‘5’ so 8888 became 58888 – and they tried to market the change in the most ridiculous manner – even by indiatimes standard!

So a combination of keywords on short code can become an identity for an entity – usually big corporations

To give a few examples, CRI on 58888 for live cricket scores through indiatimes, PAPA on 56767 for HDFC education loans? Amongst many many more.

These keywords on shortcodes became an effective way for enterprises to capture the audience interested in their products – of course also a money-making proposition. Anybody SMSing PAPA and sending it to 56767 is a probable customer for HDFC and HDFC can get back to him/her with certainly better chances of acquisition – to put it in short, it became an effective lead generation product.

But what about you if you want to book a keyword for yourself – indeed you can and it comes with at a cost unreasonable for an individual.

Now comes the revolutionary part – with www.smsmeon.com – anyone with a valid mobile number (india) can have an identity for himself/herself – FREE of cost – yes, FREE.

What’s the need?

  • I have my own analogy for it -

see, it is like what e-mail was till Mr Sabeer Bhatia came up with the disruptive idea of providing it to anyone and everyone with computer access – hotmail! – that it is in doldrums now is a completely different issue altogether.

I mean only big companies (and their employees,who are provided for by their companies) had e-mail addresses or you had to pay for a mail id.

Hotmail came and I could book an e-mail address for myself right there and then – of course I didn’t know what to do with it and had my own assumptions on it’s working (seriously, not me, but a friend of mine thought that the computer needs to be ON for it to receive the mail else the mail would be lost! – not me, I reassert).

Similarly till now, it was only corporates who could afford to ‘buy’ keywords – now we have smsmeon, where one can have an identity for free and it is accessible by anyone, anytime.

I am BRIJESH@56070 and it is on me what information I want to be transmitted when anybody SMSes my keyword – think about it – the extrapolation can be anything – I could choose to provide my postal address so that I don’t have to say, sms or take the pain of telling each time – I can simply say just SMS BRIJESH CONTACT to 56070 and the person sending the SMS gets the details that I have put in that particular field – this is just one of the possibility – others, endless.

Still not clear?

Here, here’s a ‘visual aided’ analogy description:

keyword == email username , brijesht, brijeshtripathi03…

short code == email provider — gmail, hotmail, yahoomail…

combine the two and it becomes

email address == Mobile identity

but why would somebody spend or send a premium SMS (costing anywhere from 1 to 3 Rs., depending on the service provider) when they can get the info by simply calling me?!

  • do you know my mobile number? – ok,in case I have provided it to you, you have it stored in your phone…hmmm..

what if your phone is not available with you OR say, your phone book went ‘kaput’ OR you are traveling OR you need to send this info to someone else who does not have my number?

If you know that BRIJESH@56070 is me, it isn’t all that difficult !

Hey, this is just one impromptu example of the usability of the service – the extensions are as many as you can imagine – and pardon me on the ambitious statement ‘ quick and crisp explanation’

Truly a disruptive concept – should bring about a revolution in the current industry – but then these are my predictions – let’s see how it shapes up.

Am is simply, easily over-impressed ? would definitely like to know your views on it.