Online sms usage is poised to explode

Online SMS Usage Is Poised To Explode

If you have a cell phone then chances are you have either sent or received an SMS message. SMS, which stands for Short Message Service, is what we commonly refer to as “texting.” We all seem to be doing it these days and it seems like a brand new trend. In actuality, texting isn’t new at all since SMS texting technology has been around since the mid-80s. It took SMS texting a while to catch on since until relatively recently it was not readily available or affordable to the average consumer. It’s time has come, however, and the latest rendition of this powerful communication tool is online SMS.

SMS technology has been embraced by younger users who find this mode of communication much more desirable than telephoning. So much so that a whole new lexicon of shorthand terms has been developed. Who isn’t familiar with terms like OMG, BFF, and G2G? These terms, as well as many others, were all coined to keep the number of characters used to a minimum. Like phone texting, online SMS does carry a limitation on the number of characters permitted. This is typically somewhere between 120 and 150.

One key aspect that differentiates online SMS from what we commonly think of as texting is that it is done from the web. The key advantage to this type of texting over typical cell texting is the ability to make the most of reaching whole groups of people. While you can set up group texts from most phones, online SMS makes this much easier. In general, online SMS is very simple to use. Of course having the ability to use your keyboard makes using online SMS much easier as well. Online SMS systems are available 24 hours a day and most are handled by highly secure interface.

In addition to their ease of use and ability to send to multiple recipients, factors that are driving the growth in popularity of online SMS are their cost (many online SMS text services are free) and the ability to send to international locations without incurring the huge fees that can go along with texting from your cell phone. Of course, the person receiving the message may incur a charge depending on how they are receiving the message and the details of their specific texting plan.

For business users, online SMS offers great potential for reaching large groups. Many online SMS providers offer detailed reporting that enables business users to track the effectiveness of texting campaigns as well as additional services such as delivery confirmation and auto replies. This can be a powerful tool for companies whose customers appreciate late breaking reports and news alerts.

Online SMS will continue to grow in popularity as the visibility of the service continues to grow. There are many advantages to online SMS technology for both personal and business use. Demographics also favor continued growth of online SMS as younger users mature and the next generation moves up, user numbers will continue to expand exponentially. With its convenience and affordability, use of online SMS will continue to explode.

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