Tuesday, June 20, 2006

SMS.AC

Anyone ever heard of http://www.sms.ac/ ?

I got an e-mail from them about providing content for cellphone users. Like for exemple, people who want to send Miss Dynamite animation through SMS messages (or so I think).

I'm sure it's an automated message or a copy/paste, kinda half a spam. So I'm sure other animators, most likely on Newgrounds, have receive it.

Anyone has any info on them?

8 Comments:

Anonymous V de Volcano said...

I don't know who they are, but they indeed use spam as a method of promotion. Worse than that: In my case at least, they used names of my friends. It is a wild guess, but I think they somehow accessed the list of one of my friends and used his name to try to get me tagged.

They commited two errors: why my friend should write me in english when we are both spanish? and second, why someone would think I will not contact my friend to confirm his invitation?

5:33 AM  
Blogger Dananos said...

Hi,

I got caught by sms.ac too... they emailed everyone in my hotmail address book. Ever see SMS-TXT
they seem to be genuine, as far as I can make out. - and they don't ask for your Hotmail password..

Dan.

9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey!

I used to be signed up with them back when I had a cell phone. They aren't horrible as long as you don't subscribe to any of their "free services" like Horoscopes, jokes, etc. A friend of mine did and then he was not able to unsubscribe...He was being charged $1 per message from these things and was getting about 25 messages a day!

Anyhoo, it's a good way to keep in contact with people...you can send text messages to people's cell phones from your computer and shit...other than that, it really has no purpose...

Take care!

Melissa (AKA: Poison-Passion)

12:23 PM  
Blogger Schorhr said...

Providing cellphone users with Miss Dynamite or other work would be fun ;-)

I myself have a flatfee-access for my cellphone, and I often browse the web and read webcomics on my cellphone, (or the WAP).

I made lots of wap 1 pages in the past, helped a bit moderating and scripting the largest & non-comercial german wap-forum, and even made a few wap based games.

WML (wap 1), iMode and XHTML MP are not much different to HTML; they all have more or less similarities. So if you want to bring miss dynamite to cellphones, you dont need to sign up to a service from some company sending spam to people.

The most difficult thing about wappages is the WML Header, which can be taken care of via copy&paste ;-)

A sample WML file looks like this:
[?xml version="1.0"?]
[!DOCTYPE wml PUBLIC "-//PHONE.COM//DTD WML 1.1//EN"
"http://www.phone.com/dtd/wml11.dtd" ]
[wml]
]card id="main" title="WAP Dynamite"]
[p]Dynamite!
[img src="logo.jpg" alt="" /]
[a href="enter.wml"]Enter[/a]
[/p]
[/card]
[/wml]
(due to the text filter i could not use "<" and ">".)

Of course using such an service takes some of the technical stuff, but also is limited. Who wants to pay for a miss dynamite SMS/MMS when you can access it cheaper via wap.missdynamite.com? (depending on your wireless providers fees of course)
Such companies usualy offer a number and keyword, such as "send a short message containing KISS-MY-B*TT to this number 123456 to recieve free stuff! (5.99 per message, but content is free)"

Also, most companies do not work international, so even if you set something up, check if they offer services in different countries; No one wants to send a allready expensive message from the UK to a US-Number for example.

Other then that, its a great way to earn some cash, but when I researched prices a while back, many companies had setup fees or monthly fees, and over 50-70% of the money earned by the premium short messages went into their pocket. Only a few had 50% or more without high costs.

1:55 PM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

Ok, nevermind then, it's probably not worth it.

3:22 PM  
Blogger Schorhr said...

How about making a wml version of your rss blog feed?
Or even the comic as cellphone version?

Nothing fancy, this could all be automated to some extend.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Sirkowski said...

I dunno, it's not like I have that much content that it needs to go on cellphones as well.

This interested me only because there was a possibility of making money. If I can't get anything worth from it, I'll stick to these old school Internets.

7:09 PM  
Blogger Schorhr said...

Ah ok :-)
If your main aim is to earn some money, you'dd probably be best of with either a service, though as I said, there are a few things to keep in mind.
Of course some sort of Java2me-Game with your characters would probably catch much attention, and maybee a bigger game reseller would pay you for distributing it.

1:10 PM  

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