Feeds

BT launches fixed-line SMS

Gr8

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

BT has launched a range of phones that will allow people to send a receive text messages on their fixed telephone lines. The service will send texts to and from mobile phones and between fixed line phones. For those without SMS enabled handsets, BT will convert the text to speech.

So far, Vodafone, T-Mobile BT Mobile and 3 have signed up and BT says it expects O2 will introduce the service within weeks. As for land line customers who want to text, naturally BT's own customers can play, as can those of Kingston Communications and Telewest, although Telewest's outgoing service will not kick in until the end of the year.

Mike Short, chairman of the Mobile Data Association (MDA) said that fixed line text was a technically complex service, but "BT has the advantage of being able to learn from the efforts and challenges of European incumbents and benchmark performance to ensure that the UK gets it right".

Figures from the MDA at the end of 2003 indicate we Brits send, on average, 59m text messages every day, and BT would dearly love to tap into that revenue stream.

Pricing is in line with the cost of texting using a mobile phone. For BT customers, texts sent from a land line will cost 10p, or 8p for BT together customers. Fixed line to fixed line texts are being offered free until November this year. Texts sent from a mobile to a BT phone are charged at the normal operator rate.

The phones are on the market now, and start at £29.99. ®

Related stories

Pssst, wanna spam mobile phones?
Team moots car alerts via SMS
Singaporean sets SMS world speed record

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
Mighty Blighty broadbanders beg: Let us lay cable in BT's, er, ducts
Complain to Ofcom that telco has 'effective monopoly'
BT said to have pulled patent-infringing boxes from DSL network
Take your license demand and stick it in your ASSIA
Yahoo! blames! MONSTER! email! OUTAGE! on! CUT! CABLE! bungle!
Weekend woe for BT as telco struggles to restore service
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Ofcom tackles complaint over Premier League footie TV rights
Virgin Media: UK fans pay the most for the fewest matches
FCC: Gonna need y'all to cough up $1.5bn to put broadband in schools
Kids need more fiber, says Wheeler, and you'll pay for it
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing and building an open ITOA architecture
Learn about a new IT data taxonomy defined by the four data sources of IT visibility: wire, machine, agent, and synthetic data sets.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
Getting started with customer-focused identity management
Learn why identity is a fundamental requirement to digital growth, and how without it there is no way to identify and engage customers in a meaningful way.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Business security measures using SSL
Examines the major types of threats to information security that businesses face today and the techniques for mitigating those threats.