As 60 million mobile users in the UK are discovering, text messaging is a simple and cost effective way to keep in touch. The text.it web site is here to help you get even more from text messaging.
Text is cheap. The average charge for a text message is 10p. Some operators offer reduced rates and free texting. On the subject of cost, text messages have the reassuring advantage of being fixed in price, whereas phone calls are usually charged by the minute. You'll never get cut off in the middle of a text.
Text is big. You can now obtain larger, separate keyboards which can be attached to the phone. Many smartphones have larger '13-line' displays. Innovative new display technology means that phones now have a sharper brighter screen image. For those of you who still get frustrated with letter/number codes, phones with full 'qwerty' keyboards are available.
Text is easy. There are no more excuses! Directions on how to text can be found on your network operators web site or simply ask a texting friend or member of your family. Predictive texting - where the phone guesses the words as you hit the keys - means you don't even have to be able to spell!
Text is evolving. Operators are starting to introduce mobile to landline texting, where you can send a text to a home 'phone number which will then be read out by an automated voice...and vice versa, it is also possible to dictate a message to an operator via your landline which can then be sent as a text message to a mobile number. Check with your operator for availability.
Some benefits of text
A whole host of services can now be provided through text messages. Banks such as HSBC allow you to conduct your financial affairs without leaving the house.
Alerts such as medicine reminders can now be provided by text, as well as news alerts from sources such as The Guardian and Sky News.
Did you ever have the answer to a question on the tip of your tongue and nobody around you knew either? Now you can ask your mobile phone - simply send an SMS containing your question to companies like 'AQA' or '82ASK' and get back results likely to contain the answer from the Internet for free. There are even services around which send text messages to your phone to let you know how long the next bus will be!
Texting can help you arrange to go out, or help you to stay in and run things from home. Anyway, how else are you going to keep in touch with a nation that is currently sending over 100 million messages a day?