SMS to landline service appearing in New Zealand soon?

By tonyhughes Hughes, in , posted: 26-Apr-2006 12:47

Sprint has just launched a service whereby you can send a text message to a landline phone, and it will be converted to a voice message, the landline will call, and the message will be read out. It has identification features (announces the number of the caller), and a basic reply feature using preset messages, or even sending a voice message back to the user.

I know that Telecom New Zealand has trialled this service here in New Zealand (I have used it, though I wasnt part of the trial). It worked REALLY well back then (well over a year ago), and even filtered bad words. The system here had a basic "press one to reply with 'yes' or press two to reply with 'no' feature so the recipient with the landline could answer back.

Given that Telecom New Zealand and Sprint are so closely tied now for all things mobile, perhaps TNZ might be close to launching the service?

(Telecoms CDMA 027 network has been aligned to more closely match Sprint, so we can piggyback off them for handset orders and rolling out services like the music store.)

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Comment by freitasm, on 26-Apr-2006 14:02

I was in the development team who showed to TNZ a similar solution, some 5 years ago. Of course it never happened...

Comment by sbiddle, on 26-Apr-2006 18:08

Ihug launched this product in 2001 called Text2Voice (, cost 20c per message to a landline and 50c to a mobile phone. It worked very well the few times I tried it and then just seemed to vanish!

Comment by Curly, on 26-Apr-2006 20:56

Yes sounds interesting, so do we think this sms illcome to NZ ? I've used the ihug service before also just played with it i might add Rgs Curly

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