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SMS/Text Messaging

Just curious what people around the world call the text messages you can send from a mobile phone. I know in Australia it's SMS, and Japan simply "mail". How about other countries?

Matthew Lock
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Text in the UK

Zealot
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

SMS in Hungary.

P"
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

In Canada I think it's called "text messaging".

On the bus however I noticed that some people's phones ring "bip-bip-bip beep-beep bip-bip-bip", which I reckoned was Morse code for "SMS".

Christopher Wells
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

In Romania, the mobile phone companies tried to rename the SMS (use another name, such as "texto") but people still use the word "SMS", so they gave up.

The main GSM operator is Connex ( http://www.connex.ro/personal/index.jsp ) which is well known for it's extremely stupid and annoying advertising.

They were the ones who tried to rename the SMS.

George
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

> Text in the UK

So is the verb in the uk "texting"?

Matthew Lock
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

"texting": the BBC and The Times are using it, so I'd say yes. It's probably in the dictionary by now. It's the same in Ireland.
see
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/2558849.stm
and
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,1241-779850,00.html

I don't think Europe is using SMSing - confirm anyone?

Colm Larkin
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

I know in Australia it's SMS, and Japan simply "mail"


To be fair, the service can act as both as SMS relays and electronic mail depending on the recepient. So I can send recieve emails from my phone in addition to sending targeted SMS to another phone. I can of course send an email from my phone to another phone.

(...if your service provider supports this.)


Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Actually I think the verb is 'txting'  ugh.

Simon Lucy
Tuesday, February 10, 2004


In Belgium, it's called SMS too.

Greetz,

Jeroen

Jeroen Jacobs
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

In the US it's Text Messaging, but I know better.

www.MarkTAW.com
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

In Britain I think it's "officially" SMS - which accounts for the irritating morse code on trains but usually it's text or texting.  I have heard "text messaging" on business programmes. 

a cynic writes...
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Its called sms in danish.

Martin Schultz
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Most of southern Africa use SMS and Text interchangeably.

and yes both are verbs as well as nouns.

Tapiwa
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

SMS in the netherlands, the verb is sms-en, or sms-ing in english

A beautiful day
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

I've also seen the rather ugly word "texted" for when someone has sent an SMS.

Nobby Good Guy
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

"bip-bip-bip beep-beep bip-bip-bip"

That is indeed the morse code for SMS:  ...  --  ...

Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Coincidence? I think not.

I visited behind the Iron Curtain in the 70s: I found it eerie, scanning the HF radio in the hotel room at night, and hearing "-.-. --.-"

Christopher Wells
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

In France it's SMS 75% of the time and texto the remaining 25%.

Renaud Martinon
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

A ham's a ham, the world around. :)

Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
Tuesday, February 10, 2004


SMS in Estonia, sometimes abbreviated to "mess"

Flasher T
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

SMS(mostly) in india & the middle east. sometimes you hear ppl refering to it as messaging/ text messaging - very rarely though

Prakash S
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

In the US, it's called "Too Expensive." :-)

Chris Tavares
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

Verizon Wireless seems to call it TXT messaging.
When I went to look it up, looks like VZW is finally adding international support--for the same price as a local message (10c outgoing/ 2c incoming around here, so yes you can cost your friends money by sending them messages), you can send them internationally.

mb
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

It's called SMS in Poland, and it's *extremely* popular.

Keith Moore
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

In Germany it's also called SMS and one costs 19 Euro cent. Which is quite expensive for a maximum of 160 characters.

Florian
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

>> The main GSM operator is Connex

Nu raspunzi la SMS... :)

Salut George! Intra pe http://joelonsoftware.meetup.com -- pe 18 februarie e planificata o intalnire in Bucuresti, poate ne strangem cativa, ca ultima data cand am fost sa ma uit eram doar 2 indivizi...

Sorry all for the Klingon... SMS is so ingrained in Romanian popular culture we already have two full pop songs containing the *actual word* SMS (ok, acronym). One other song says, "when you write me messages or call me on the phone" -- it's a love song, you guessed it.

Alex.ro
Tuesday, February 10, 2004

It's texting in Philipine.

Li-fan Chen
Wednesday, February 11, 2004

in Hungary an average SMS costs between $0.08 and $0.15 based on your subscription package.

big news, eh?

P"
Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Alex.ro: "SMS is so ingrained in Romanian popular culture we already have two full pop songs containing the *actual word* SMS"

Well, in Canada we had the Prozzak song a few years back called "www.nevergetoveryou" -- it actually used the ICQ 'uh-oh' sound as a sample in the song :) Not to mention that they actually said 'ICQ' as well in the lyrics.

jedidjab79
Wednesday, February 11, 2004

Well, to think of it, 100 years ago people would laugh at a song that went "I called you on the phone..."

Alex.ro
Wednesday, February 11, 2004

SMS in Iceland...

Icelander
Friday, February 13, 2004

does anybody know what software does  http://www.supportuniverse.com  use to charge for webcontent?

martin
Saturday, March 06, 2004

Hey everybody I invite you to use the new web site of

canada.firstmobilestore.com

which allows you to send SMS mobile messages to any cell phone number in China, US and Canada! Check it out.. it works great, cheap and quick!

Peter
Tuesday, April 27, 2004

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