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A lot of us are still avid text messagers, not because we enjoy paying our carrier those tiring toll (or package) fees, but because it’s still one of the most reliable ways to get a text-based message to a cell phone user — not everyone has […]

A lot of us are still avid text messagers, not because we enjoy paying our carrier those tiring toll (or package) fees, but because it’s still one of the most reliable ways to get a text-based message to a cell phone user — not everyone has mobile IM clients or uses mobile email services.

Even web-based services are starting to recognize that, and recently there have been more and more companies launching “free” SMS options — most often free for those users who want to send a text to a cell phone via the web and email.

Sending free SMS from the Internet isn’t a new idea at all and companies have been developing the bridge between email and SMS for years. By now it’s a simple and easy service to set up and companies have started adding these services as a feature to bring in eyeballs.

Startups are also starting to get more creative with the business model (which was previously severely lacking) as well as the technology solution. At the same time they are learning to add privacy and best practices functions. Remember much of the time receiving the SMS message costs, and some of the services like free bulk messaging could have some not-so-nice spam potential. Be careful about signing up for any ol’ service and check out this list of good characteristics of SMS web services.

1). TeleFlip: TeleFlip has always been a favorite way to send “free” texts via email: ‘phone number’@teleflip.com. They still offer that service which they now call FlipOut, but they are also trying to turn their technology into a working business. I haven’t been able to test the new service yet (shown at DEMO), which is supposed to be out sometime this month, but they say it forwards your emails to your SMS inbox for free — 5,000 messages for per month. Hopefully they have a good management tool, as email spam can fill an SMS inbox pretty quickly and receiving text fees still apply.

2). Peekamo: Founded just November 2006 and based in Toronto according to their web site, Peekamo says they are different than other web-based SMS free sites, as both the receiver and sender don’t pay for the message. How do they manage that? — they say ad-sponsored messages, and using a protocol called short message peer to peer, (unlike the more common email-SMS method). When I sent a message from the web site to myself, it was sponsored by Sharp and had a link to Sharp’s web site www.moretosee.com. It’s still in beta, but is adding other social features.

3). Gizmo SMS: SIPphone has more than its fair share of sweet mobile services like the Gizmo Project, and earlier this month they also added a free web-based SMS service. The service works for dozens of countries and has a model ‘terms of service’ and privacy assurance sections. It’s not rocket science, but shows how these services are easy enough to create that they can be used to market the company’s other money-making solutions.

4). TxtDrop: TxtDrop founder 22-year-old Nate Kapitanski got some flack over his SMS MySpace widget and web service last year — the site didn’t launch with privacy terms and didn’t have an About section describing the company or its goals. He says the whole thing was a learning experience which helped make the site much better. As a result he added a privacy policy, email blocking, limited the number of messages that could be sent per minute, and says your phone number is now hidden in the MySpace code. Kapitanski, who only works on the project part time, also recently released a Mac OS dashboard SMS widget and says he is working on a Vista text gadget that could be out as early as April. There still isn’t a clear about section, but if you email the info address on the site, Kapitanski will probably oblige you on details you want to know.

5). Your carrier!? Yes, its true, some carriers have some limited web-to SMS and email to SMS services. On Verizon Wireless’ vtext.com site you can send a text to a Verizon wireless cell phone user, and send an SMS via email to “verizon wireless phone number”@vtext.com. Sprint has a similar web based service to text Sprint customers. They still get some money the more times people text using most solutions, so why not get more people to text their customers.

  1. 4INFO offers a customizable “Textme” widget which allows the sending of text messages to the widget’s owner at no charge to the sender (see http://www.4info.net/textme/create.jsp). People are placing these widgets on blogs, on MySpace pages, and on other social networking sites but I have no idea how pervasive they are. Mine seems to work and I get very little SMSpam.

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    1. please tel me how to send free sms from one mobile to another mobiles.

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  2. There is a similar service provided by Airtel (one of India’s largest wireless service provider). The service allows email-to-sms and sms-to-inbox_email_service. Works superbly. I believe the mobile subscriber has to pay as little as 15 INR (less than half a cent) monthly to activate and use the service with no limit on the number of messages.

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  3. I wonder how sites like TxDrop are making money? It is a free service with very little advertisement potential.

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  4. gizmosms doesn’t seem to be reliable (at least for Switzerland). I never received the sms I ent…

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  5. GizmoSMS didn’t work for Airtel and Reliance in Bangalore, India.

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  6. Gizmo is terminating their messages by spamming all the carrier SMS email gateways.

    I doubt that the carriers will allow them to do this very long. They’ll need to get a shortcode and pay like everyone else.

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  7. All the carriers have email-SMS gateways…you just have to know the carrier when you send the msg.

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  8. My colleague Stéphane (http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephanedelbecque/) launched an IM-to-SMS solution at AOL France 3 years ago. Hasn’t it been deployed in the US still?

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  9. To send a text message to one or more Sprint phones there are two (2) other options: http://messaging.sprintpcs.com or send an e-mail to <10DigitPhoneNumber>@Messaging.SprintPCS.com

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  10. FREE is not really FREE in US, is it?

    You can send it free but the receiver needs to have a SMS Plan for which he/she pays.

    Unless the carriers adopt a model where incoming SMS is FREE – it is not really FREE. Someone in the chain is paying.

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  11. Frank, companies like TxtDrp aren’t making much money yet — its still a part time project for the creator.

    Anonymous, yes true, in the US, the receiver pays for many of these solutions (not all), I think I made that clear in the article.

    For any lost messages, the email-SMS method isnt reliable 100% of the time, its the nature of the service.

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  12. There’s an even easier way – AIM lets you send SMS for free. Messsages are sent by SMS. The person who receives it can also respond and you get the response by IM.

    You can keep frequently texted people on your Buddy List.

    It beats giving out your (or your friends) mobile numbers to companies you’ve never heard of.

    http://blog.agrawals.org/2007/03/06/text-to-self-buy-milk/

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  13. Cool article, Katie!

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  14. Do any of these services support sending Chinese/Japanese characters (unicode) to subscribers of US wireless operators (T-Mobile, Verizon, Cingular, etc), assuming the receiver has a Chinese-capable handset? Sending Chinese and Japanese text messages phone-to-phone in the USA is rarely a problem, but sending through web-based apps seems to be trickier.

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  15. AIM has had an SMS gateway for sometime. I’ve added all of my family’s numbers to my buddy list, and send away. I even get replies back.

    Yahoo! Messenger looks to have this (although I didn’t see any way to keep the phone number or link a name to it.) MSN will send an SMS if you have that person’s phone number entered in their contact information.

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  16. We want to add to our site SMS capability for a minimal fee, does anybody know how we can get cheap SMS , All the bulk carrier charger lot of money per SMS

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  17. Just signed up for Peekamo.com and sent a message to a friend. She got it right away.
    Great article Katie

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  18. Saw the story on Digg too

    http://digg.com/tech_deals/Top_5_Ways_To_SMS_For_Free

    Digg it!

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  19. Send messages, applications, ringtones and pictures for free to your cell phone. No signup, no money, no hassle.

    http://mindfulmusings.net/cellupload

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  20. Cingular/AT&T has a text tool you can use from the “media” section of their site. I’m not sure if you have to know which network the user’s # is on. Or, you can email (for AT&T customers) WIRELESS#@mmode.com.

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  21. [...] over at GigaOM wrote up a neat little roundup of some free SMS tools you can use to send out for free. She points out the usual caveats: these services could be used [...]

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  22. [...] gasit via GigaOM 5 site-uri de FREE SMS [SMS gratuit], si am vazut ca unul din cele 5 a fost mentionat si de [...]

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  23. All those services works mainly for the US and EU.
    SMS will never be free at all and easy to bring global support because this service is managed by the companies and not all they respect the standards or they uses different planning systems or something.

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  24. I’m not sure I understand the value of sending a single message at a time from a web page. As someone else mentioned, all you need to do is add them to your AIM buddy list and you can sent it.

    SMS becomes useful when you add 2-way interactivity.

    Our service at http://www.mobivity.com allows you to receive incoming messages on a short code, and do bulk messages as well. You can interact with the sender and provide dynamic, relevant information as a response.

    And by the way, no SMS is free. The receiver is always paying through their wireless plan. Even when using the carrier email gateways.

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  25. [...] Worker Links for March 13th, 2007 Our big sister site GigaOM has 5 Ways to SMS for Free by Katie Fehrenbacher. Katie mentions TeleFlip, Peekamo, Gizmo SMS, and TxtDrop as [...]

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  26. Actually Peekamo is free sms, because they don’t use smtp messaging like others do and you don’t have to worry about which carrier the recipient is with, they use SMPP messaging. The receiver does not pay. Ofcourse, in the US this is not the case since most carriers double dip and charge the sender and the receiver. In Canada and the rest of the world only the sender pays.

    So there is such a thing as free SMS, now if only the US Carriers would get with it and follow a universal standard. We can all use Peekamo the way it was meant to be.

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  27. In regards to single messaging, Peekamo also offers multi-recipient messaging, by allowing you to create groups that you can send a one-to-all message. Group messages can also be replied to from your phone.

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  28. Zemble.com has a really good interface for sending free messages and incorporates social networking aspects to make it much easier.

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  29. I agree… Zemble’s interface (www.zemble.com) is excellent. It also remembers your contacts and lets you create groups of friends to message, saving you time the more you use it.

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  30. [...] notte a zonzo per la rete Leggo proprio adesso [ via digg ] questo interessantissimo articolo 5 Ways to SMS for free, fra tutti conoscevo solo Gizmo SMS, che utilizzo spesso per comunicare con il colleghi e amici. [...]

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  31. Thanks a lot, I’ve been using sites like Gizmo SMS ..

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  32. Check this out http://www.gotext.org. You can send web based sms directly from your phone with the cost of 1 eurocent (against 10 that carriers usually charge) and it works!

    Their site is under reconstruction but it will be up very soon.

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  33. The article says “5 Ways to SMS for free”, how does gotext fit into this?

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  34. I want to hear more about these companies…you gave us a taste, but I need specifics about how they work. For example how does Peekamo make it so that you as the receiver of a message don’t pay SMS fees? I guess that I could just jet over to their website and find out…

    Shredder

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  35. Cingular’s email to txt is the cell number @cingularme.com.

    The mmode address still works but you have limits as to what you can send.

    Just about any Cingular/Ex-AT&T Wireless contract plan (not prepaid) has free inbound texts.

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  36. Waoh, Peekamo is being really dishonest!

    Plastered all over their site is the claim that messages are free for reciepients in Canada and the US.

    Then there is a tiny * which points to: Text messages sent using Peekamo.com is free for all countries. Text messages received in the USA are charged at standard text messaging rate, excluding unlimited incoming text messaging plans. USA users can choose not to have text messages arrive on their phone, only in their online inbox.

    That is really really dishonest!

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  37. What about Reporo and Nimbuzz?

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    1. will you ansertome

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  38. Atleast they tell you right on their home page.

    Most Carriers don’t even tell you that when you send a message from their website the recipient is charged.

    I don’t really care, I have unlimited incoming anyways, I just like the fact that my number is not shown on the message and people can still reply to me.

    Maybe we should start a gigaom petition to get US carriers to stop charging for incoming messages.

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  39. aim msn yahoo jabber skype all have sms capabilities. but dont forget who your txt is being charged be it loosing thier txt allotment out of the bucket or a per usage charge for each msgs and in the states its 15 cents for every msg recived on the big national carriers.ringtones wallpapers and all should be done on the pc not sms which is just stupid. buy a phone with bluetooth and make the carrier not cripple it. and come on who pays for ringtones? only a fool with too much money.

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  40. Joy,

    I just tested peekamo with a friend, and he tried to reply to a message I sent him from the site. He got a message back to his phone “support: we could not send a message to the number Yes, please check the number and try again.. [Aquos, there's more to see]“

    I’d recommend Zemble.com if you like the reply without having people know your cell phone number. They use user names as well.

    Teleflip is also always a good solution for sending messages.

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  41. I don’t know if you were talking to me John, but I think you did exactly what I did the first time I used it.

    You have to answer with the Peekamo id you get on the message:

    Peekamo Id then your message.

    There is a full help on the faqs page.

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  42. Oh…forgot Google Send-to-Phone (also available as an extension for Firefox)

    http://www.google.com/sendtophone

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  43. I am with rogers wireless in Canada and I get a lousy 125 txt msg credits a month. now thankfully incoming is free, but only for SMPP. If someone sends me an TXT MSG from the rogers.com site, I get hit with a nice 15cent charge!

    I love peekamo! I can send from my desktop when I am infront of it, and I can reply from my phone. I was tricky to remember, but you have to put the ID of the person you’re Peekamoing then a space then your msg. I joined the Just Wanna Talk group too – its fun.

    Best of all NO ONE NEEDS TO KNOW or will EVER GET my cell number! And I have not seen one bit of spam. Gotta love that

    Big Fan. Keep up the great Articles Kristie! And Peekamo – nice work, EH!

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  44. John,

    zemble is NOT FREE to RECEIVE. I registered and got a message from the carrier to reply with “READ”. That means zemble is SMTP based, and not real sms, SMPP. Shame on you. it cost me to reply – so there for it cost me 10cents to register. Shame Shame Shame.

    as for Peekamo – just registered. code came very quickly, and no need to “reply with read”. True SMPP. and saved me some $.

    AIM, Yahoo, and MSN – all use SMTP, so while its free to send – no no no, it is NOT free to receive.

    If you like your friends, why would you get them to pay for your msgs, unless you are a mooch!

    Oh, and I just peekamo’d my buddy in the US. If I had sent it from my phone, it would have cost me long distance text msg rate – so that is more money saved by using Peekamo. He got the Peekamo on is computer, so it was free to receive for him. Now I wonder if this Peekamo thing works to txt my friends in the UK.

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  45. [...] 5 Ways To SMS For Free Filed under: Uncategorized — recar @ 12:54 am Top 5 Ways To SMS For Free GigaOM lists the top 5 ways to send FREE text messages.[news] [technology] [tech [...]

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  46. TxtDrop works great for me and their dashboard widget makes sending a text a quick easy thing that I don’t even need to think about. F12, type, send, done.

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  47. I feel like I need to set something straight here about all the companies listed.

    All EXCEPT Peekamo.com use SMTP. Peekamo is the only one using real SMPP. That means in Canada, if you use any of the services, except Peekamo, you will get charged to recieve and read the message. No sure about the USA where I think everyone pays to receive. But for Canada and the rest of the world should use Peekamo. Why the heck would you want to pay to receive a message – from anyone.

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  48. [...] Of course, most of these are Web-based, but GigaOm did a nice job of putting together five ways to text message for free using offerings from: Teleflip, Peekamo, Gizmo SMS, TxtDrop and some carrier websites. Article [...]

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  49. Great list! hope they all won’t be sticking adverts at the end of each text message though!

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  50. MobiK is another solution, pretty heavy usage in Asia as far as my experience go.

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  51. [...] GigaOM » 5 Ways to SMS for free (tags: phone SMS tools lifehacks) [...]

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  52. [...] read more | digg story [...]

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  53. Free !! Nothing is Free in this world . be it sms or anything else.

    One way of free SMS is to use Yahoo messenger in India.. But that is also limited to 2-3 msgs.

    @Shabbir – I have not heard of any such service here. Can u share more details ?

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  54. [...] read more | digg story Posted March 14, 2007 Related Law School Student Articles: [...]

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  55. http://www.m4u.eu it doesn’t offer 2 way sms, but delivery to over 180 countries and nearly 600 operators are under 10 seconds thanks to intelligent routing.

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  56. It’s not really free. If you want free sms you must install Yahoo Widget with a small plugin – you can download it from here: http://gsm-sms.tk/

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  57. T-mobile is offering email to sms too.

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  58. unfortunately none of these seem to work for european network :(

    even gizmoSMS doesn’t work, despite listing my home-country (austria) in the form.

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  59. [...] read more | digg story [...]

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  61. GizmoSMS didn’t work for me in Singapore too!

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  62. To make SMS Truly FREE a service like the ones listed in this article OR an SMS aggregator needs to do the following

    1. absorb the costs that the end user pays.
    2. There is a FTEU program (Free to the end user) that most mobile carrier companies are currently discussing.
    3. Sprint is not a part of these discussions, but Cingular (the new ATT), TMobile and Verizon are.
    4. Sample per min rate is around 7c from TMobile. Other carriers will charage differently.

    TO really make it FREE for both sender and receiver, any of the above companies listed here needs to absorb 7c costs per minute (maybe less if they do it in volume) and then have a margin on top of that so that they can make money.

    Advertising is a way to do this. However, 7c per min for Advertising is just super expensive!!. Plus FCC will come out with a ruling that Telemarketing via SMS is intrusive and a new Do Not Receive SMS ruling gets into effect.

    All in all this is not fascinating and se*y market to be in. Unless the carriers make Incoming SMS Free.

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  63. [...] 5 Ways to SMS for free – [GigaOM] digg_url = ‘http://www.lifehack.org/articles/technology/five-ways-to-sms-for-free.html’; digg_bgcolor = “#”; ( function() { var ds=typeof digg_skin==’string’?digg_skin:”; var h=80; var w=52; if(ds==’compact’) { h=18; w=120; } var u=typeof digg_url==’string’?digg_url:(typeof DIGG_URL==’string’?DIGG_URL:window.location.href); document.write(“”); } )() Author: Kyle Pott Posted: Wednesday, March 14th, 2007 at 5:12 pm Tags: cellphone, sms, technology Bookmark/Share This! Leave a Reply [...]

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  64. There is a wonderful Yahoo Widget called SMS.

    Google it. You won’t find it at Yahoo…

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  65. In my earlier post – it is 7c per message not per minute.

    The other big obstacle is the character limit. 160 characters per SMS message is standard. Some carriers only allow 140 characters. Sending SMS to Asian countries makes this limit half – 70-80 characters (due to double byte)

    Sending a message + advertisement + maybe a response window (widget style) is tough in 80 characters or 160 characters.

    Cheers

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  66. [...] 5 Ways to SMS for free TeleFlip, Peekamo, Gizmo SMS, TxtDrop, Your Carrier? (tags: SMS) [...]

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  67. [...] list of free SMS service over web http://gigaom.com/2007/03/12/free-sms/ [...]

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  68. [...] it here: 5 Ways to SMS for free » Filed under gadgets by admin at 19:23. | Going [...]

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  69. Gizmo doesn’t work to Vodafone Australia. One other thing, over here SMS and MMS messages are free to receive, but cost the sender.

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  70. I’ll add some more about GizmoSMS: Neither SMS to Switzerland nor to Singapore arrive where they should and Gizmo isn’t really taking notice of any of the numerous complaints… Of course it’s a free service, but I still wouldn’t entrust any SMS to their gateway.

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  71. CallWave offers an SMS widget for OS X’s dashboard, Google, and Vista!

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  72. More than 5 ways… You should try Crickee at http://crickee.com and let us know your feed back. Free sms from pc to pc, from pc to mobile, from mobile to mobile.
    Free for sender AND receiver. You might be charged a few coins by your carrier for the data. Check it out and enjoy!

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  73. [...] Want to send free SMS? Here you go, gigaom.com [...]

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  74. Yahoo Tech too.

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  75. Yahoo tech too. Not the post before this.

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  76. I have recently checked out http://www.mobik.com it too is a free sms tool for Web to mobile. The interface is superb and very user friendly, letting you drag and drop up to 25 numbers for one single message. There is no cost for this service but you have to join the ‘opt in’ community, as the cost of the service is carried by the advertiser. The ad that is played is only 5 seconds long. It doesn’t stream, as it is cached for instant play when you send.
    The only limitation I can see is the number of gloabl locations you can get a free SMS delivered is only limited by avertisers in country to carry the cost. So the reach of this tool will grow as the MobiK subscriber numbers grow, hence bringing advertisers to pay for the service.
    They have even put measures in place to prevent sms spammers getting hold of this service and hijacking it their own promotions.

    check it out, its great! http://www.mobik.com

    Jeremy

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  77. I am an avid free SMSer. I think in the last little while I have tried every single one, infact even got spammed by one or two of them and had to ask them to stop and remove me from their list.

    Mobik was one of the ones I tried, and though I found the interface intuitive, it lagged a bit when typing the message. Maybe this is something they have fixed. However, what I didn’t like is that if there was no marketing message for the area I wanted to send my message to, they would not let me send the message.

    In fact I tried 4 numbers within the US and kept getting the “There is no marketing message for that area” message, until I finally gave up and moved along.

    Hooray for the interface, but Boo for the service.

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  78. [...] 5 ways to TXT for free – Bypass TXT message charges [...]

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  79. Yeah, MobiK isn’t available in the US or Canada. It looks like it’s focus is in Australia.

    I haven’t had any issues with lag – it works perfectly and definitely the sexiest SMS tool I’ve seen out there.

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  80. [...] 5 Ways to SMS for free [gigaom.com] [...]

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  81. [...] GigaOM » 5 Ways to SMS for free [...]

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  82. [...] have a crappy phone plan that charges you for every text you send from your phone, you might like this list of ways to send texts for free. Now if only I could find a way to receive them for free as [...]

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  83. GigaOM » 5 Ways to SMS for free…

    Tips on how to send SMS for freee because everyone likes to do this and the article is not very good but whatever, it gives u the basic idea of how to send crap for free because everyone likes free shit yaaaa…

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  84. Anyone with an Irish mobile phone can use this tool to send free texts from the PC / Mac desktop:

    http://meteorjsms.googlepages.com/

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  85. 5 Ways to SMS for free…

    Sending free SMS from the Internet isn’t a new idea at all and companies have been developing the bridge between email and SMS for years. By now it’s a simple and easy service to set up and companies have started adding these services as a feature …

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  86. [...] 6, 2007Top 5 Ways To SMS For Free GigaOM lists the top 5 ways to send FREE text messages.read more | digg story Filed under Technology updates by [...]

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  87. Does anyone know how to check your text messages from your inbox from another phone or computer? Similar to how you can check your voicemail from any other phone? Email me if you know a way, thanks…
    jcyarnall0@frostburg.edu

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  88. Peekamo just changed. The word Sexy comes to mind. Anyways, just thought I’d update everyone here since this is where I found out about Peekamo.

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  89. So I have a question. If you sent someone a message on peekamo, they get it. What number do they reply to? And I seriously don’t get the Id space then message thing. I need an example!
    kthnx!

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  90. Another free way to SMS for free is transfering money through text messaging
    http://sapphiremobile.wordpress.com/

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  91. Okay, this is how it works. When you send the message the person sees the number 23333. Your Peekamo ID say it is “Kim”, shows up in the message. So the message will say:

    Kim: Txt’n 4 Free on Peekamo.com.

    The person would press reply and type:

    Peek Kim wow that is awesome.

    That’s it. Not so complicated is it. The groups work the same way. And there are other commands too that you can use, like status, find, on, off, and some other ones.

    Anyways, give it shot, it works for me. I have 150 plan, so I use those when I’m mobile and I use peekamo the other times from my PC and I’ve never used up all 150, but before I used to have a 500 plan and I would always use it.

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  92. [...] Find 5 more free SMS services here Posted April 22, 2007 Related Law School Student Articles: [...]

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  93. steve campbel Tuesday, April 24, 2007

    i use http://www.create-ringtone.com to create and send FREE custom ringtones, wallpaper, mp3 and video files to cell phones around the world

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  94. A few more free SMS websites are listed at http://www.blatext.com/freesms.html but most seem to have some limitations

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  95. Free SMS indeed been around for a while. One of the best free sms sites I’ve found (and I think it works in US – it definitely works in UK) is Wadja.com . You just have to register, and upload a photo, and then you can send free sms to your heart’s content.

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  96. vinothkumar Friday, May 11, 2007

    Free SMS indeed been around for a while. One of the best free sms sites I’ve found (and I think it works in US – it definitely works in UK) is Wadja.com . You just have to register, and upload a photo, and then you can send free sms to your heart’s content

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  97. Okay, this is how it works. When you send the message the person sees the number 23333. Your Peekamo ID say it is “Kim”, shows up in the message. So the message will say:

    Kim: Txt’n 4 Free on Peekamo.com.

    The person would press reply and type:

    Peek Kim wow that is awesome.

    That’s it. Not so complicated is it. The groups work the same way. And there are other commands too that you can use, like status, find, on, off, and some other ones.

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  98. Hello
    Can someone help me with my problem im here at brunei and i been looking for a free sms installer but i cannot find any. I what to txt my friends in the Philippines.
    Can someone help me..

    tHANKZ.

    MIKE

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  99. I’ve found a page where you can send one free sms a day! You could ad it to you’re sms-links-page to help other users to find it. The adress is http://www.sms-one-free.com

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  100. Here is a website from which u can send free SMS and free MMS :

    http://www.seasms.com

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  101. hi u can send up to sm level on dis site

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  102. Aussie users can try http://www.noodleinvite.com.au, which lets you create and manage SMS invitations as well send single texts.

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    1. Nice article.

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  103. Those providers mostly cover US networks, if you’re from the UK, then what I recommend is http://www.freebiesms.co.uk

    There are other versions of this website, in france (www.envoyezsms.com), spain (www.mensajetexto.com) and a host of other european countries.

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  104. Well teleflip software seems very simple but still cant get why would i want my emails forwarded to my cell as a text message?
    If i do so i will have to pay prob $10 per month, now the email will be only 100 or so characters so i will be able to read the begiinng hi how are u balbalbla and cut !????

    in the other hand get internet acces for $5 acces your gmail as shown above and get your email full (50 pages) and reply

    I thnk text message to connect with customers and friends so mass text messaging service makes sense and make money.

    it seems on this blog everyone is looking for FREE FREE stuffs well there is nothing free, you will get advertisement or so

    anyway many companies, provide free service and they all not making monay they just all hope amd pray to get acquire by big companies who will then trun it around advertis eyou then you will opt out or remove your info but the fat is you started to get in for a reason that did not follow wiht you cause of the greed of the human nature lol

    cheers to all
    I love text message and if I am going to have to increase my plan to get free text therefore there is a contradiction the free comes with my plan being increased to lets say $10 for unlimted therefore lets just use your phone and have fun

    DD

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  105. I personally think the best option is:

    http://www.text4free.net

    It has the most options (such as sending multiple copies), and you can send MMS (picture messages) for free, too. It’s the best.

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  106. Gizmo is not working at all…..

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  107. i actually used peekamo. a lot of my friends have been using it too. pretty good stuff.

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  108. Send a free, fast and reliable SMS for free to the whole world without any hassling or registration – TeXt one Free

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    1. Ibrahim Aliyu Mustapha Saturday, May 2, 2009

      Please i read your posting on sent a free sms for free to the whole world, I want to know much about that and how it work.
      My location is Northern Nigeria i wish you will be in Nigeria to see what we going through in sms tariff, i will like you to also see if it is possible to let me know how i can get free bulk sms sender using Microsoft excel from PC to Phone sms.

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  109. [...] GigaOM 5 Ways to SMS for free « “A lot of us are still avid text messagers, not because we enjoy paying our carrier those tiring toll (or package) fees, but because it’s still one of the most reliable ways to get a text-based message to a cell phone user — not everyone has mobile IM (tags: sms services web cellphone communication) [...]

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  110. You can send free SMS text messages to anywhere in the world from
    http://www.actiontelecom.co.uk/free_international_text_messages.php
    Unlike 99% of the other “free SMS” websites out there, there are NO charges to the message recipient!

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  111. itxtmo.com sends Philippine SMS to USA for free. In addition, receiver gets a copy of SMS on their email and itxtmo.com inbox. itxtmo.com has SMS blogging tools as well and now being used by Philippine radio stations to receive listeners requests.

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  112. [...] for some free SMS Services. Most services ask for money after a fixed number of messages:read this fabulous article. Since most services still offer USA/Canada only options, I added some of my own findings: 1) [...]

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  113. love peekamo. all the other services usually charge the receiver. peekamo offers it for free but without the spam.

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  114. Great titbits all, so does anyone know of a way to download IM services such as yahoo, msn, gtalk onto your cell phones? Another alternative to sms is to use IM – of course the US carrier will use your local sms out of the bundle you have – this is esp good if you txt int’t. T mobile charges 0.15 c, AT&T 0.20. Anyone know a free service that allows u to sms to Sri Lanka from the US?

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  115. [...] 12:26 PM There may be some help in this link: 5 Ways to SMS for free « GigaOM Also check the feedback at the bottom of the [...]

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  116. [...] FREE SMS SERVICES: Yahoo Mail Skype AIM Other tips on Free SMS services [...]

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  117. [...] read more | digg story [...]

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  118. Try this site:
    Absolut gratis – 100% dispatch guaranteed Frie SMS service.

    http://www.sfree24.com/free-sms-gratis-sms-news.php
    http://www.sfree24.com/

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  119. if your in canada this will interest you..

    http://www.marketwire.com/mw/release.do?id=770604&k=mobilemonday%2520toronto

    guys from the above mentioned services will be there.

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  120. [...] video clip online GigaOM lists the top 5 ways to send FREE text messages.read more | digg [...]

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  121. [...] read more | digg story [...]

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  122. [...] lists the top 5 ways to send FREE text messages.read more | digg story [?] Share [...]

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  123. All free sms provider r just fooling us all.
    While searching free sms site they just to fool us give their ads, but after visiting the site they ask us to pay for sending the sms.

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  124. [...] on how to send text msgs from the web for free (props to gigaom, i read his blog regularly)… 5 Ways to SMS for free « GigaOM …which lists the following… 1. Teleflip — basically allows you to send a txt via your email. [...]

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  125. This is a really helpful post for those of us new to the SMS thing. I never even knew you could send messages from a computer to a cel phone for free.

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  126. […] for some free SMS Services. Most services ask for money after a fixed number of messages:read this fabulous article. Since most services still offer USA/Canada only options, I added some of my own findings: 1) […]

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  127. [...] 5 Ways to SMS for free by Katie Fehrenbacher, published March 12 [...]

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  128. [...] GigaOM wrote a post about FREE SMS (Text Messaging) Services here. [...]

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  129. [...] In addition to Google’s free computer-to-cell-phone text message service, here are 5 more free SMS services. [...]

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  130. sdfgsdfg

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  131. how can i use free sms message please informe a good website

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  132. thankes

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  133. no comment

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  134. W/L 46

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  135. If you are using Windows. Try freecall.com, it may be the best so far with your phone number display on receiver’s cell.

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  136. hellow every one where can i get free test message to my love one.any one that know should mail me

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  137. Gizmo is terminating their messages by spamming all the carrier SMS email gateways.

    I doubt that the carriers will allow them to do this very long. They’ll need to get a shortcode and pay like everyone else.

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  138. I have a verizon phone and so does my friend… Phone to phone txting would usually be free…

    However, If I use the aforementioned vtext utility from verizon, would my friend be charged?

    In short- I know it’s free to me, but what about my friend?

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  139. hey i was wondering wat service i should sign up for to receive text messages? im kinda skeptical about everything but i’d still like to know?

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  140. the website is gud n u guyz are really doing a great job out there

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  141. i just tried peekamo, after giving them my number, i sent the sms to the british number to register, no response, tried to log in again, doesn’t work, says password invalid, asked for it to send my password to my e-mail, still no response, just gave them my number and wasted a non-free sms to the UK for nothing :(

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  142. I looks impossible to find a international free way send or forward e-mails to sms. If anyone know an e-mail which works, please write here.
    It could be like “yourPhonenumber”@”xxxxx.xx

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  143. ok chk m e

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  144. Me personally, I use for sending free text messages this site: http://mrtextmessage.com. It´s pretty cool, because you don´t have to signup and it allows you to send text messages to eight or nine countries. I have used free text messages in Portugal and Italy and it works great. There are also United States, Canada, United Kingdom, India and some more countries mentioned, so you can check it out yourself

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  145. I have always used and liked http://www.textforfree.net the service seems quite reliable

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  146. If you like your friends, why would you get them to pay for your msgs, unless you are a mooch.

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  147. I like to use free sms. and this is the great achievement of the management

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  148. class

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  149. hiiiiiiiiii

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  150. [...] I signed up for the app but also looked at the competitive landscape and found that there are around three dozen (free) SMS related apps, but they have little or no usage. Even the best ones get about 500 users a day, though most have fewer than 50 daily users. (Related story: 5 Ways to SMS for free.) [...]

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  151. [...] best ones get about 500 users a day, though most have fewer than 50 daily users. (Related story: 5 Ways to SMS for free.) The state of these SMS apps is no different from many social voice applications (voice widgets). [...]

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  152. good

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  153. How are they making any money?
    See a collection – http://smsreview.blogspot.com

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  154. its nice

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  155. [...] Related Reading: 5 ways to SMS for free [...]

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  156. I have been using http://160by2.com in India for over six months now..It has been working perfectly fine for me..

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  157. [...] Free SMS for you…and I mean FREE. You know how much I love free SMS services. Today, people from 3Jam have introduced a new service that would allow you to send and receive [...]

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  158. I’m using the software from http://www.easypctexting.com

    It’ll use your phone so you still pay your normal rate, though it’s pretty convenient to send from a PC with no bells and whistles that comes with the online ones.

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  159. Here is a french website that provides a list of free sms services worldwide, the big majority of the providers websites are in english so…: http://voipsms.site.voila.fr/sms-gratuits.html
    This is an useful information, so it’s not a spam. And thanks for the links to other sms services found here, especially in people’s comments.

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  160. Om,

    saw your post from June 19th, 2008
    9:21 AM PT
    June 19: What’s Interesting This Morning – GigaOM said:

    …I’d encourage you to re-visit one of the sites you featured in your 5 Free ways to text: Peekamo.com They’ve been doing what 3jam just releases for some time now and just launched in India. Moreover, their service is WORLDWIDE, which means that if you’re in the States and say you want to txt from your mobile a friend in India, or UK, Russia or even Ghana – you can, WITHOUT paying for ANY long distance txt charges. Check it out and see what you think for yourself.

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  161. I do not beleive thats all about sms for free is possible. Iwas do one more time over some service and they are spaming me day and night with no mercy! 100% is somwhere some honest Co. but It’s difficult to find it!
    Mario, Here you can download ebook about “How for free & Co.”..

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  162. [...] link shows you how you can send free SMS messages using your iPhone and other desktop chat clients. Here’s another link that lists 5 ways you can send SMS messages for free using your computer. Technorati Tags: free SMS [...]

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  163. this is rajkumar, how can we send free sms above 200 characters

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  164. Peekamo’s service is awful and unreliable!. On average 1 out of every 5 messages sent via their system is delivered. Customer service is unresponsive as well. People replying to my messages are getting programming error messages and I have written customer service numerous times in the last month and have not even gotten the courtesy of one reply from them. I realize the service is free but what good is it if you cannot be confident your message will be delivered. My advice, stay away!

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  165. [...] commonplace, the need for a Teleflip type service isn’t necessary. We first wrote about the company in March 2007 when they launched at DEMO [...]

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  166. I use http://youmint.com for Free sms and it works brilliantly. Sms is delivered instantly and they even provide delivery reports to registered members. I can strongly recommend it. :-)

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  167. You can also do free text messaging anywhere in the world from Frengo: check it out at http://m.frengo.com/hp?ref=bc

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  168. anotherone here, one free sms 160 character every week, get more with refferals
    http://www.talksms.com/kat/000031.asp?pc=P6DPK

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  169. You can do free SMS messaging , but only need recognize captures. where can i find totally free SMS solution for home use and for mobile phone.

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  170. i want to add sms facility to our website

    suggest me

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  171. Check out publisher section on udefn.com. udefn provides free sms api, which you can easily integrate into your application. It allows for polling for messages (so you don’t have host the application), or you can setup postback to receive incoming messages. There are code samples available to get you started.

    You code your applications as bots and share it with set of users or with everyone. And its free to create and publish bots. For mobile users, there is no cost either (other than their standard rates with their service provider). Users simply add your application/bot to their profile, define a keyword and start using it.

    The idea behind udefn is that users define their keyword (increasing the probability of them remembering it and using it). And for bot publishers, its a zero cost way to sms’ise their application. udefn has a dedicated shortcode 51406 (in US for now and international support will be added soon)

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  172. How can I create my own SMS gateway using cell phone? Please guide with a solid solution, if Cell phone is tricky and not a feasible approach please suggest me a PIC card where I plug/place my SIM card in order to setup SMS gateway at home Linux machine.

    These are the steps very helpful:
    http://www.syednetworks.com/free-sms-gateway-on-windows

    But that is still a Mobile and Windows solution> However i’m looking for Linux and PCI sim card solution. Please guide me . Thanks

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  173. Try this send free sms worldwide to any cellphone, message arrives seconds after being sent, global coverage to over 600+ networks, NO registration required totally free, NO ads in messages, NO Restrictions visit http://www.text-media.net

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  174. they doesn’t work in our place… huhu

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  175. And if you are in the UK, an awesome website my mom told me of is: http://www.freewebsms.co.uk.

    5 free everyday. No signup. Rock on.

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  176. Please send me text messages of marketing promotions 07825814404

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  177. We offer free sign up SMS and worldwide coverage…..check it out…www.slinteractive.com.au/pro

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  178. ANY IDEA TO SEND FREE SMS TO NEPAL

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  179. I am a web designer and want info as to how I can add e.g. info@ for text responses onto to the sites that I design rather than a mobile number and in addition to email. They are advertised all over the TV but relate to services that I want no connection with.

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  180. There is one more way available for sending free sms. You can use messmo application for free communication. It is an easy to use program that allows you to send and receive SMS messages from your mobile phone. It is very easy to access it from your cellphone. Just point your web browser to link “m.messmo.com” and enjoy your free communication.

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  181. I would highly recommend:
    http://smsfree4all.com/free-unlimited-sms.php (free SMS to USA)
    Here you donot have to select any provider. The web server automatically figure the provider to deliver the message.

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  183. [...] 5 Ways to SMS for Free (2007) [...]

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  184. keshinro michael tanimola Wednesday, December 16, 2009

    PLS , WHAT HELP CAN YOU RENDER FOR ME FOR MY WEB BECASE I NEED BULK SMS

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  185. I am the student that learn in the haramaya University
    for shure

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    1. nice way to sms

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  186. A lot of us are still avid text messagers, not because we enjoy paying our carrier those tiring toll (or package) fees, but because it’s still one of the most reliable ways to get a text-based message to a cell phone user — not everyone has mobile IM clients or uses mobile email services.

    Even web-based services are starting to recognize that, and recently there have been more and more companies launching “free” SMS options — most often free for those users who want to send a text to a cell phone via the web and email.

    Sending free SMS from the Internet isn’t a new idea at all and companies have been developing the bridge between email and SMS for years. By now it’s a simple and easy service to set up and companies have started adding these services as a feature to bring in eyeballs.

    Startups are also starting to get more creative with the business model (which was previously severely lacking) as well as the technology solution. At the same time they are learning to add privacy and best practices functions. Remember much of the time receiving the SMS message costs, and some of the services like free bulk messaging could have some not-so-nice spam potential. Be careful about signing up for any ol’ service and check out this list of good characteristics of SMS web services.

    1). TeleFlip: TeleFlip has always been a favorite way to send “free” texts via email: ‘phone number’@teleflip.com. They still offer that service which they now call FlipOut, but they are also trying to turn their technology into a working business. I haven’t been able to test the new service yet (shown at DEMO), which is supposed to be out sometime this month, but they say it forwards your emails to your SMS inbox for free — 5,000 messages for per month. Hopefully they have a good management tool, as email spam can fill an SMS inbox pretty quickly and receiving text fees still apply.

    2). Peekamo: Founded just November 2006 and based in Toronto according to their web site, Peekamo says they are different than other web-based SMS free sites, as both the receiver and sender don’t pay for the message. How do they manage that? — they say ad-sponsored messages, and using a protocol called short message peer to peer, (unlike the more common email-SMS method). When I sent a message from the web site to myself, it was sponsored by Sharp and had a link to Sharp’s web site http://www.moretosee.com. It’s still in beta, but is adding other social features.

    3). Gizmo SMS: SIPphone has more than its fair share of sweet mobile services like the Gizmo Project, and earlier this month they also added a free web-based SMS service. The service works for dozens of countries and has a model ‘terms of service’ and privacy assurance sections. It’s not rocket science, but shows how these services are easy enough to create that they can be used to market the company’s other money-making solutions.

    4). TxtDrop: TxtDrop founder 22-year-old Nate Kapitanski got some flack over his SMS MySpace widget and web service last year — the site didn’t launch with privacy terms and didn’t have an About section describing the company or its goals. He says the whole thing was a learning experience which helped make the site much better. As a result he added a privacy policy, email blocking, limited the number of messages that could be sent per minute, and says your phone number is now hidden in the MySpace code. Kapitanski, who only works on the project part time, also recently released a Mac OS dashboard SMS widget and says he is working on a Vista text gadget that could be out as early as April. There still isn’t a clear about section, but if you email the info address on the site, Kapitanski will probably oblige you on details you want to know.

    5). Your carrier!? Yes, its true, some carriers have some limited web-to SMS and email to SMS services. On Verizon Wireless’ vtext.com site you can send a text to a Verizon wireless cell phone user, and send an SMS via email to “verizon wireless phone number”@vtext.com. Sprint has a similar web based service to text Sprint customers. They still get some money the more times people text using most solutions, so why not get more people to text their customers.

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  187. Thanks for this helpful Tip.Also Visit <a href=’Http://www.mobinepal.co.cc;>SEND FREE SMS WITH EMAAIL

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    1. Nibbme is nice: http://www.nibbme.com.

      I use their sms service API and it works perfectly.

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  188. tell me how to sent sms free

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  189. piz tel me how to send free sms from one mob to one time 100 mob send

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  190. good for nothing

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  191. tell me the way of sending free sms on mobil to kuwait

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  192. Thanks mate for providing such beautiful information.

    Few days back, I had used an free SMS site i.e. http://Whozzat.com which allows us to send free SMS to India.

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  193. please tel me how to send free sms from one mobile to another mobiles in ethopia

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  194. Thank you for this services… I wnat to tell you some Italian services to send free sms:

    http://www.stilegames.com/2010/06/14/sms-gratis.html

    Thanks..

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  195. Yes, its true, some carriers have some limited web-to SMS and email to SMS services. On Verizon Wireless’ vtext.com site you can send a text to a Verizon wireless cell phone user, and send an SMS via email to “verizon wireless phone number”@vtext.com. Sprint has a similar web based service to text Sprint customers. They still get some money the more times people text using most solutions, so why not get more people to text their customers.

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