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  1. #1
    Marts
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    Interesting article, this.

    http://www.theage.com.au/news/mobile...339221496.html


    I presume that it refers to overseas markets. I can't see it happening
    here. We've had mobile services for a fair while now, and it's reaching or
    has reached saturation point. Yet it is still very expensive, what with
    timed calls at around a dollar a minute for some plans.

    SMSes now cost 25 cents a pop. That's expensive no matter which way you
    look at it. Also, 3G services have been around for a while and data costs
    are horrendous.

    I can't see the major players looking to make mobile data services
    affordable to anyone other than those who require them for business
    purposes in either the short or the long term.

    Still, it's nice to dream, huh?

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  2. #2
    Anthony Horan
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    Re: Email to Replace SMS???

    On Sun, 29 Jul 2007 11:40:56 +1000, Marts wrote:

    > I presume that it refers to overseas markets. I can't see it happening
    > here. We've had mobile services for a fair while now, and it's reaching or
    > has reached saturation point. Yet it is still very expensive, what with
    > timed calls at around a dollar a minute for some plans.
    >
    > SMSes now cost 25 cents a pop. That's expensive no matter which way you
    > look at it.


    Both of those costs can be reduced to a fraction - 10c/min calls, 10c SMS -
    by using the right prepaid service.

    Since SMS costs the carriers pretty much zero to deliver and it comes with
    no guarantee of actual message delivery, it could be argued that even 10
    cents is too expensive, but the cheap calls mitigate that a bit.

    As for the email thing - *shudder* Can you imagine what would happen then?
    Suddenly the new lingo for email would be:

    "greetz! r u dat grl frm da club? i lik u 2 letz hv dinr"

    Really, the vocabulary and attention span of the target market are both so
    limited they don't NEED email, SMS offers more then enough space to get
    their point across as incoherently as possible...



  3. #3
    Rod Speed
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    Re: Email to Replace SMS???

    Marts <[email protected]> wrote:

    > Interesting article, this.
    > http://www.theage.com.au/news/mobile...339221496.html


    Nope, just the usual pig ignorant journalistic ****.

    > I presume that it refers to overseas markets. I can't see it happening here.


    It wont happen anywhere.

    > We've had mobile services for a fair while now, and it's reaching
    > or has reached saturation point. Yet it is still very expensive,


    No SMS aint.

    > what with timed calls at around a dollar a minute for some plans.


    What matters is the best prices, not the most expensive.

    > SMSes now cost 25 cents a pop.


    There's plenty a hell of a lot cheaper than that. In spades outside this country.

    > That's expensive no matter which way you look at it.


    Wrong when it conveys what you need to communicate.

    > Also, 3G services have been around for a while and data costs are horrendous.


    Not for SMS volumes they arent.

    > I can't see the major players looking to make mobile data services
    > affordable to anyone other than those who require them for
    > business purposes in either the short or the long term.


    There's some that offer free SMS.

    > Still, it's nice to dream, huh?


    No need to dream, plenty available.





  4. #4
    Simon Templar
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    Re: Email to Replace SMS???

    Anthony Horan wrote:
    > Really, the vocabulary and attention span of the target market are both so
    > limited they don't NEED email, SMS offers more then enough space to get
    > their point across as incoherently as possible...


    Have to agree there, the only carrier that offers reasonably cheap email
    is Three. What makes it handy and they don't seem to document it, is
    that emails with a High Priority generate an SMS with the senders
    details and the Subject field (up to the 160 char. of course).

    I will be throwing my SMS Page back up online to make use of this
    feature, which has a form and generates two emails. One goes off to
    Three formatted to send the SMS and another to my my home email with all
    the details including IP address and other security info on where the
    message originated from.

    I can't really see Email taking off, it is too complicated for the
    average person on a handset, takes too long to compile and then send.


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  5. #5
    Marts
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    Re: Email to Replace SMS???

    Anthony Horan wrote...


    >Really, the vocabulary and attention span of the target market are both so
    >limited they don't NEED email, SMS offers more then enough space to get
    >their point across as incoherently as possible...


    Undoubtedly. Just like the ads pushing ring tones, etc. Why $5 (and get
    slugged repeatedly until you opt out) for a ringtone that you can create
    from an MP3 for nix, using the right software?

    --
    "The secret to creativity is knowing how to hide your sources." - Einstein



  6. #6
    Kralizec Craig
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    Re: Email to Replace SMS???

    Marts <[email protected]> writes:

    >Interesting article, this.


    >http://www.theage.com.au/news/mobile...339221496.html



    >I presume that it refers to overseas markets. I can't see it happening
    >here. We've had mobile services for a fair while now, and it's reaching or
    >has reached saturation point. Yet it is still very expensive, what with
    >timed calls at around a dollar a minute for some plans.


    >SMSes now cost 25 cents a pop. That's expensive no matter which way you
    >look at it. Also, 3G services have been around for a while and data costs
    >are horrendous.


    SMS is even more expensive when you realise that you're paying 25 cents to
    transfer a pitiful 160 bytes of data! If telco's charged at that rate for
    MMS messages, a typical MMS containing a bit of text and a picture file with
    a total data content of about 20 KB would be costing $32 to send!

    That's how blatant the SMS ripoff is!

    >I can't see the major players looking to make mobile data services
    >affordable to anyone other than those who require them for business
    >purposes in either the short or the long term.


    Even then they aren't cheap. But if someone can afford the actual cost of a
    Blackberry, Nokia N-series phone, etc. then they really should not complain
    about the service cost!

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  7. #7
    Rod Speed
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    Re: Email to Replace SMS???

    Kralizec Craig <[email protected]> wrote
    > Marts <[email protected]> writes


    >> Interesting article, this.


    >> http://www.theage.com.au/news/mobile...339221496.html


    >> I presume that it refers to overseas markets. I can't see it happening
    >> here. We've had mobile services for a fair while now, and it's reaching
    >> or has reached saturation point. Yet it is still very expensive, what with
    >> timed calls at around a dollar a minute for some plans.


    >> SMSes now cost 25 cents a pop. That's expensive no matter
    >> which way you look at it. Also, 3G services have been around
    >> for a while and data costs are horrendous.


    > SMS is even more expensive when you realise that you're paying 25
    > cents to transfer a pitiful 160 bytes of data! If telco's charged at
    > that rate for MMS messages, a typical MMS containing a bit of text
    > and a picture file with a total data content of about 20 KB would be
    > costing $32 to send!


    > That's how blatant the SMS ripoff is!


    Mindlessly superficial. Its essentially 25c per communication
    and at that rate its reasable value in many situaitons.

    >> I can't see the major players looking to make mobile data services
    >> affordable to anyone other than those who require them for business
    >> purposes in either the short or the long term.


    > Even then they aren't cheap. But if someone can afford the
    > actual cost of a Blackberry, Nokia N-series phone, etc. then
    > they really should not complain about the service cost!


    More mindlessly superficial silly stuff.





  8. #8
    Dan Anos
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    Re: Email to Replace SMS???

    I think that the argument is quite obvious, as soon as Email from
    mobile devices is as cheap as email from a PC,
    then it will instantly replace SMS.

    Dan

    http://australia.freebiesms.com


    On Jul 31, 3:24 am, "Rod Speed" <[email protected]> wrote:
    > Kralizec Craig <[email protected]> wrote
    >
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > > Marts <[email protected]> writes
    > >> Interesting article, this.
    > >>http://www.theage.com.au/news/mobile...s-the-days-are...
    > >> I presume that it refers to overseas markets. I can't see it happening
    > >> here. We've had mobile services for a fair while now, and it's reaching
    > >> or has reached saturation point. Yet it is still very expensive, what with
    > >> timed calls at around a dollar a minute for some plans.
    > >> SMSes now cost 25 cents a pop. That's expensive no matter
    > >> which way you look at it. Also, 3G services have been around
    > >> for a while and data costs are horrendous.

    > >SMSis even more expensive when you realise that you're paying 25
    > > cents to transfer a pitiful 160 bytes of data! If telco's charged at
    > > that rate for MMS messages, a typical MMS containing a bit of text
    > > and a picture file with a total data content of about 20 KB would be
    > > costing $32 to send!
    > > That's how blatant theSMSripoff is!

    >
    > Mindlessly superficial. Its essentially 25c per communication
    > and at that rate its reasable value in many situaitons.
    >
    > >> I can't see the major players looking to make mobile data services
    > >> affordable to anyone other than those who require them for business
    > >> purposes in either the short or the long term.

    > > Even then they aren't cheap. But if someone can afford the
    > > actual cost of a Blackberry, Nokia N-series phone, etc. then
    > > they really should not complain about the service cost!

    >
    > More mindlessly superficial silly stuff.- Hide quoted text -
    >
    > - Show quoted text -






  9. #9
    Rod Speed
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    Re: Email to Replace SMS???

    Dan Anos <[email protected]> wrote

    > I think that the argument is quite obvious,


    More fool you...

    > as soon as Email from mobile devices is as cheap as
    > email from a PC, then it will instantly replace SMS.


    No it wont, because it isnt as convenient to email as
    it is to SMS from most mobile phones, and plenty of
    the low end mobile phones cant even email anyway.

    And most dont compare prices like that anyway.


    > Rod Speed <[email protected]> wrote
    >> Kralizec Craig <[email protected]> wrote
    >>> Marts <[email protected]> writes


    >>>> Interesting article, this.
    >>>> http://www.theage.com.au/news/mobile...s-the-days-are...
    >>>> I presume that it refers to overseas markets. I can't see it
    >>>> happening here. We've had mobile services for a fair while now,
    >>>> and it's reaching or has reached saturation point. Yet it is still
    >>>> very expensive, what with timed calls at around a dollar a minute
    >>>> for some plans.
    >>>> SMSes now cost 25 cents a pop. That's expensive no matter
    >>>> which way you look at it. Also, 3G services have been around
    >>>> for a while and data costs are horrendous.
    >>> SMSis even more expensive when you realise that you're paying 25
    >>> cents to transfer a pitiful 160 bytes of data! If telco's charged at
    >>> that rate for MMS messages, a typical MMS containing a bit of text
    >>> and a picture file with a total data content of about 20 KB would be
    >>> costing $32 to send!
    >>> That's how blatant theSMSripoff is!

    >>
    >> Mindlessly superficial. Its essentially 25c per communication
    >> and at that rate its reasable value in many situaitons.
    >>
    >>>> I can't see the major players looking to make mobile data services
    >>>> affordable to anyone other than those who require them for business
    >>>> purposes in either the short or the long term.
    >>> Even then they aren't cheap. But if someone can afford the
    >>> actual cost of a Blackberry, Nokia N-series phone, etc. then
    >>> they really should not complain about the service cost!

    >>
    >> More mindlessly superficial silly stuff.






  10. #10
    Magilla
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    Re: Email to Replace SMS???


    "Rod Speed" <[email protected]> wrote in message news:[email protected]
    > Dan Anos <[email protected]> wrote


    >> I think that the argument is quite obvious,


    > More fool you...


    >> as soon as Email from mobile devices is as cheap as
    >> email from a PC, then it will instantly replace SMS.


    > No it wont, because it isn't as convenient to email as
    > it is to SMS from most mobile phones,


    When I did have my mobile ( NextG ) configured and
    contacts entered I found it just as easy to SMS as it
    was to send e-mail. Admittedly, I was sending pics
    and vids with just a title typed in but it would've been
    a simple matter to add text as well.

    > and plenty of the low end mobile phones cant even
    > email anyway.


    I agree that SMS wont be dying a sudden death any
    time soon but e-mail definitely has a big future if it's
    priced right ( which it currently isn't ).

    > And most dont compare prices like that anyway.



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  11. #11
    Rod Speed
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    Re: Email to Replace SMS???

    Magilla <[email protected]> wrote
    > Rod Speed <[email protected]> wrote
    >> Dan Anos <[email protected]> wrote


    >>> I think that the argument is quite obvious,


    >> More fool you...


    >>> as soon as Email from mobile devices is as cheap as
    >>> email from a PC, then it will instantly replace SMS.


    >> No it wont, because it isn't as convenient to email as it is to SMS from most mobile phones,


    > When I did have my mobile ( NextG ) configured and contacts entered I found it just as easy to SMS
    > as it was to send e-mail.


    And the reason email wont instantly replace SMS is because not
    everyone will bother to do that configuration and contact entry.

    Plenty dont even bother to store phone numbers either.

    > Admittedly, I was sending pics and vids with just a title typed in but it would've been a simple
    > matter to add text as well.


    Irrelevant to whether it will instantly replace SMS, that aint gunna happen.

    >> and plenty of the low end mobile phones cant even email anyway.


    > I agree that SMS wont be dying a sudden death any
    > time soon but e-mail definitely has a big future if it's
    > priced right ( which it currently isn't ).


    Sure, but thats nothing like what he said. If he had said
    what you have just said, I wouldnt have commented.

    >> And most dont compare prices like that anyway.






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