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Cingular Cripples SMS Application Development in US


Jul 11, 2006, 12:57 PM
I am a developer/entrepreneur working on a unique SMS application for US markets. My team and I have jumped though hoops to retrofit our application to fit the ridiculous stronghold carriers have on SMS in the US. While it is almost impossible to run an interesting and profitable SMS business that requires user interactivity via SMS short codes, (unless you are Google or some other conglomerate)... with this new development...it just got more difficult.

Cingular just announced that they will no longer allow alternative payment mechanism (credit card, etc) for any sms based program. This means that companies that want to run a legitimate SMS service where users opt-in, receive text messages and are able to reply via a short code will not b...

Jul 12, 2006, 4:42 PM
Crying or Very sad poor guy. I think that is stupid too. I hate dealing with customers coming in with those stupid download charges on their bills. If they could just pay with credit cards then it wouldn't matter!

Oct 31, 2006, 9:30 PM
I sincerely wish premium services were billed separately via credit card. I listen to calls day in and day out from people who are torqued about these charges appearing on their bills. Evil or Very Mad

Nov 4, 2006, 7:06 PM
holy crap i hate explaining premium text to people Mad

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