[VoiceOps] SMS apps, providers, and peers
abalashov at evaristesys.com
Tue Dec 8 12:17:51 EST 2009
Paul Timmins wrote:
> Is there an easy service where I can give someone my phone number and
> have them send me a data based message? One that arrives right away?
If your argument is that SMS is the easiest thing to use for this
purpose right *now*, this *very* minute, I would have to agree that SMS
There are plenty of perfectly functional "send text messages for free!"
type apps available for the iPhone, for example. But it takes 3 or 4
steps to use instead of just 1 or 2, and push notifications don't really
work well. The carriers work extensively to pressure handset vendors to
make sure it stays this way as much as possible; that is why it takes
more steps than using SMS. SMS makes the carriers 10x more money per
character or byte.
My whole argument is based on the premise that this will change. Any
business model whose claim to superiority is rooted in collusion
concerning certain user interface choices is not a strong or
long-lasting one. As soon as some handset vendor dares to come out with
a phone that makes alternatives to SMS not suck, SMS is all but dead.
I am arguing that this is inevitable, will happen soon, and for that
reason investing in SMS-based services is a pointless waste of time.
In many cases, it's important to ignore actual-day "reality" and prepare
for what's coming, not what's here.
Alex Balashov - Principal
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