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Master Geek

Topic # 7852 16-May-2006 03:20
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Just out of curiousity.

Does anyone know how much it costs vodafone to send a txt message to a telecom mobile?

I remember when telecom first introduced their "unlimited txt messaging" and vodafone had a huge fit and tried to block all txts coming from telecoms network? but they were unable to because telecom wasnt sending it directly to vodafone but using some kind of overseas gateway? therefore bypassing having to pay vodafone when sending them a txt from one of their customers 027 mobiles? am i correct there?

I just wonder why vodafone has not introduced something for its prepay customers aka budget concious customers to allow more free communication? akin to telecoms $10 text...

I'm already aware of the $9.95 add on (1000 txts to 021/029 only) for on account...

I believe that it would be in vodafones best interests (long term) to do something similar, because with the majority of young customers going to telecom for $10 txt, it's these young customers who grow up and become contracted customers. And if they are already on telecom the chance of them moving to vodafone at this stage would be somewhat unlikely! ...

assuming telecom was paying about 5c per txt to a 021 number that would be $15 loss if they were all sent to 021/029 numbers (of course that doesnt happen in real life though, i would imagine most 027 customers are sending the majority of their txts to fellow 027 customers, which would be free for telecom?)

anyhow, just curious, sorry if this is a hashed out, old subject...

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  Reply # 35892 16-May-2006 17:50
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I was once told it was 4c a message. I was later old it was actually 15c. The answer is never clear.

SMS is very dated, I think a sort of multiwide IM (like MSN on your mobile) with voice and image support will be the next big
 thing, Once you have used a chat client (contacts based) on a mobile, SMS just seems so old hat, With IM you can see when your contacts are about, what task they are doing like work, etc (if they display) transfer images, quick audio clips and other neato stuff. If you sign up for a data plan large enough for IM and have a months play, TXT just seems so old-hat, clunky to use and expensive. kinda like email was in USENEYT days compared to email now.

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Master Geek

  Reply # 36010 18-May-2006 00:27
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Sounds good!

Only downside at the moment is that the majority of people who you could IM with would be rather small.

They would need a mobile that supported the IM software and would need to be able to afford the data plan...

Just a "time" game, similar to push.. hardly anyone has it... maybe in a few years?

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