Free Text Messaging: Review of SMS Service

Simple, Easy-To-Use Service a Valuable Tool for Free Text Messaging via the Web Image ©

Unlike other free text messaging services like Peekamo or mjoy that just allow you to send texts for free from your cell phone’s mobile Web, simply does one thing and does it well: allows you to send free text messages from the Web to a cell phone for free.

How to Use

The Web-based and advertising-supported service isn’t useful, though, unless you’re at your computer and on the Web. While the service is designed to be used from your computer, you could also use it from the mobile Web on your cell phone.

Its simple, easy-to-use and fast-loading Web site just asks you for the cell phone number you’re texting, the message you want to send and your e-mail address. Your e-mail is requested for replies.

The character limit, though, is only 120 rather than the typical 160 characters.

In testing of this free text messaging service, a message was sent via the Web and received to a cell phone in about six seconds and, a reply message was received via an e-mail address within about 15 seconds.

While both tests worked successfully, a repeat test sent the same text message to our test cell phone in duplicate.

As of May 24, 2009, reported on its Web site that its users have sent 4,856,397 from its service. It was launched in Sept. 2005 as one of the “earliest free text messaging services on the Internet,” according to

The service claims to have among the “best carrier auto-detection functionality on the Web”. The service says it is compatible with Verizon Wireless, AT&T (formerly Cingular Wireless), Sprint Nextel, T-Mobile, Alltel, Cellular One, Fido, Rogers Wireless, Bell Canada, Dobson, Unicell, Boost Mobile, Cellular South, Edge Wireless, Metro PCS, Suncom, Virgin Mobile, Centennial Wireless and more.

Privacy and

The service also offers a dashboard widget for Windows and Macintosh users to send text messages for free from the desktop of your computer. For privacy, allows users to block their cell phone number from receiving text messages using this service. A confirmation code is required to opt out.

One potential vulnerability with is that it merely asks its users in its legal policy not to use the service for “spam, unsolicited texts or harassing messages”. The service would be improved by helping to prevent spam using the requirement of technology such as a CAPTCHA so human users must enter a dynamic code in order to proceed.

The service does promise not to sell or share any information collected through its Web site or desktop widgets. The service also offers for users to send free ringtones via the Web to other cell phones.