Text Messaging

The newest phone app teens will hate but parents will love

With a reported 11 teens killed while texting and driving per day, parents are turning towards apps to limit their kids phone use behind the wheel. SecruaFone offers one for iPhone and Android handsets that diables some features when in motion, but it doesn’t stop there.

Safety last? the conundrum of connected cars

With no fear of federal regulation, carmakers are pursuing their “infotainment” strategy of packing cars with the latest consumer electronics. But it’s not clear that the states — which are already fighting distracted driving by cell phone users — will go along for the ride.

Plug-in gadget halts phone texting, apps while driving

Scosche has a simple, $129 plug-and-play solution called the CellControl to help curb smartphone activities while driving. When the module detects the vehicle in motion, all handset activities, with the exception of hands-free functions, are disabled through a corresponding smartphone app. Fewer distractions means safer driving.

The tablet boom: Great for Wi-Fi, but not for carriers

Sandvine has some interesting New Year’s predictions about how tablets will intersect with the wacky world of mobile broadband. While new family data plans will encourage more consumers to connect their tablets to 3G and 4G networks, they will be awfully careful with their usage.

Location Labs targets worried parents with new tools

Location Labs has built a solid business with its location-finding and texting-while-driving prevention tools. Now, the company is taking its idea of family security one step further by launching a Facebook online monitoring tool, which will now be part of a suite of software safety tools.

AT&T tries to wring every last cent from SMS

AT&T is doing away with its $10 tier for 1,000 text messages a month for new customers, making it a choice of between a $20 unlimited plan or 20 cents per text message. AT&T said the new text messaging pricing won’t affect existing customers.

3 reasons why iMessage won’t kill SMS

This week Apple unveiled iMessage, a feature that enables iOS users to exchange text messages and images without incurring carrier messaging charges. Despite headlines to the contrary, though, iMessage is not going to kill the cash cow that is SMS, for at least three reasons.

Text Messages: No Longer the Domain of Carriers

Consumers are expected to send more than 7 trillion short messages next year, up from an estimated 6.1 trillion in 2010. These messages were once the sole domain of network operators, but thanks to mobile software, huge opportunities are opening up for third-party service providers.

Apple Censorship: Coming Soon to Your Text Messages?

A new patent the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office just approved was filed in 2008 by Apple and prevents users from sending and receiving “objectionable” text messages. The patent, officially called “Text-based communication control for personal communication device,” essentially prevents what’s known as “sexting.”

T-Mobile to Implement a Twitter Tax on Texts?

In a move that could impact text messaging offerings like tweets, bank alerts and sports scores, T-Mobile USA is planning to charge an additional toll to businesses to send texts. The charges could begin on Oct. 1 and cost a quarter of a penny per text.

1 in 4 Adults Admit to Texting While Driving

A recent survey of drivers show that gender doesn’t affect one very dangerous statistic, as nearly 25 percent of both men and women admit to texting while driving. That’s an alarming statistic in light of a recent test that shows texting impairs driving more than drinking.

Haiti Text Donation Campaigns Face 90-Day Delays

Text-to-give campaigns have gone viral in the two days following the massively destructive 7.0 earthquake in Haiti on Jan. 12. But those donations aren’t in Haiti yet — it’s standard practice in the young mobile giving industry for donations to be delayed by 90 days.

Verizon Kills 4INFO Text Alerts

The nation’s largest wireless carrier has blocked a major offering from one of the nation’s largest text-alert services. Verizon Wireless (s vz) Friday night informed customers via SMS that they would no longer be allowed to use some ad-supported services from 4INFO.

Mobile Web Sucks … Seriously

It seems most of the mobile websites are in Russell Beattie’s doghouse. The bad experience with WAP 1.0 and lack of seriousness…