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Old 05-09-2006, 02:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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As many are aware, carriers try to take money from your pockets for every outgoing SMS message. This is highly annoying. I'm looking for a way to send SMS messages from a Blackberry, reliably, using either software or a website (that is mobile browser enabled) which will obviously go through GPRS.

Anyone have solutions? Don't just paste random options, i've tried a few things arleady. Your solution MUST be tested and working. Thanks.
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As many are aware, carriers try to take money from your pockets for every outgoing SMS message. This is highly annoying. I'm looking for a way to send SMS messages from a Blackberry, reliably, using either software or a website (that is mobile browser enabled) which will obviously go through GPRS.

Anyone have solutions? Don't just paste random options, i've tried a few things arleady. Your solution MUST be tested and working. Thanks.

Just send an email to the person number ex. [email address] Teleflip auto routes the email to the right carrier and delivers it to the phone. You pay NOTHING
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A nice idea, but on the Rogers system this simply sends an e-mail to the user's Rogers PCS address. You need to reply via SMS (costs .20c) to retrieve the message. This is not a solution for me..

if one uses the Rogers website (from a blackberry), it actually sends the SMS directly not as an e-mail. It's free. It however costs 50KB of data for the images, and requires many steps and a few minutes to send messages. not very cost effective either.

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A nice idea, but on the Rogers system this simply sends an e-mail to the user's Rogers PCS address. You need to reply via SMS (costs .20c) to retrieve the message. This is not a solution for me..

if one uses the Rogers website (from a blackberry), it actually sends the SMS directly not as an e-mail. It's free. It however costs 50KB of data for the images, and requires many steps and a few minutes to send messages. not very cost effective either.

Not quite sure what you just said. but teleflip works for FREE on all carriers..
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As many are aware, carriers try to take money from your pockets for every outgoing SMS message. This is highly annoying. I'm looking for a way to send SMS messages from a Blackberry, reliably, using either software or a website (that is mobile browser enabled) which will obviously go through GPRS.
Why GPRS ? Why not all formats ?

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Not quite sure what you just said. but teleflip works for FREE on all carriers..
NO IT DOES NOT. It does not work for Boost Mobile.
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NO IT DOES NOT. It does not work for Boost Mobile.

BOOST is not a carrier, is a sub division of nextel, nextel is the carrier. I was not take about boutique spinoffs, I was speaking of CARRIERS only...
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Can you explain how this @teleflip.com works? Who does the other phone receiving the message actually receive it? SMS? Data format?
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Teleflip (as far as I can tell) just determines the carrier and swaps out everything after the @. So if I send to [email address], it's as if I sent the message to [email address] or [email address]. The from is the email address I sent from.

Edited to add that I'm surprised this doesn't work for Boost Mobile. Is it the overall poor quality of Nextel's MMS system or something else?
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Not quite sure what you just said. but teleflip works for FREE on all carriers..
I think i have to carefully explain the Situation with Rogers and SMS here. You non-rogers customers won't quite get it:

if you email <number>@pcs.rogers.com, which is how you normally send a Rogers customer a SMS from your computer/blackberry/etc:

a) a SMS message shows up on the other users cellphone saying 'you have recieved a message from <number>, reply with READ to read the message

b) you reply to this SMS number (it's a Rogers number) with READ, this means you send an OUTGOING SMS to read the message, costs you $.20

c) the rogers system sends you the message over SMS once you reply accordingly above

Not only that, but you have to SIGN UP for the service first. This e-mail to SMS system costs $5/month from any Rogers phone. it is not free, PLUS you still pay for outgoing SMS at least .20c each.

The teleflip service, when used, brings Rogers customers to this exact scenario. it is not free. You have to go through the e-mail to SMS process as described above. This means the END USER pays, not you. Still not good.

If you use the Rogers SMS website to send someone a SMS

http://www.rogers.com/english/wireless/sendpcs.html

This COMPLETELY bypasses the e-mail to SMS thing and sends direct SMS messages. Unfortunately, this does not work from the Blackberry browser. If this worked from the BB browser, you could send SMS messages for free using your GPRS data plan. Unfortunately, it's not that simple to find a way to bypass Rogers silly rules and ways to force people to pay for outgoing SMS.

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Teleflip (as far as I can tell) just determines the carrier and swaps out everything after the @. So if I send to [email address], it's as if I sent the message to [email address] or [email address]. The from is the email address I sent from.

Edited to add that I'm surprised this doesn't work for Boost Mobile. Is it the overall poor quality of Nextel's MMS system or something else?
Teleflip translates the boostmobile phone number to be messaging.nextel.com and the number is unrecognized by Nextel and the email bounces back to sender. I have also noticed that sending an email to [email address] does not work either.
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