On Mon, 30 Aug 2004, Colm Buckley wrote:
> It is. And a success which is *still* largely ignored by the U.S. industry.
> Which is weird.
Well, not that weird when you consider that, firstly, there is no
ubiqitious messaging standard in the US. GSM has gained a *lot* of
ground over there, but there's still a few odd ball networks in
operation, eg there's one weird non-GSM system over there which is
quite popular, one of its main features is ability to 'click-to-talk'
for free (like a walkie talkie over cellular networks), cant
remember the name, but its weird. There seem to be proprietary,
non-GSM SMS messaging services in operation too.
Secondly, their pricing plans can be a bit mad, particularly per-call
charges for /received/ calls (and i guess for messages too) seems to
be common. Which probably doesnt help.
What are popular over there are pagers. (presumably cause they dont
have the interoperability problems of "cellphone" messaging).
btw, isnt this OffT? ;)
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