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Probably a stupid question, but....

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Post Fri Jul 13, 2007 7:25 pm

Probably a stupid question, but....

I really don't know the answer to this. Hey, this how I learn!

I don't get into text messaging. I can do it on my cellphone, but I don't do it, I don't really have anyone to TM.

I see commercials on TV all the time, and during WWE Smackdown (which I'm watching right now).  ;D

Example:
These commercials advertise ringtones you can pruchase (among other crap); "text VV44 (or whatever) to 77442"  ???

How does this TM addressing scheme work? 77442? Does that translate to an IP address or something? TM works over NNTP, the same as newsgroups?

I get ADS from AT&T (It used to be Cingular); I can make free intnl phone calls, blah, blah blah. There is an address this TM came from: 1 111 509 412  ??? ??? ???

IS TEXT messaging different than INSTANT messaging???  ??? ???

Just wondering......... :D
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Post Mon Jul 16, 2007 9:32 am

Re: Probably a stupid question, but....

Text messaging is not an TCP/IP-based protocol like most IM systems, it's something specific to the cellular phone network. The (typically) five digit numbers you're encouraged to text to in adverts are routed by the phone network and they don't relate in any way to IP addresses.

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Post Mon Jul 16, 2007 12:49 pm

Re: Probably a stupid question, but....

Ok, Thanks, Jimbob! So it's all pretty much proprietary, then? Hmmm, sounds like it'd make a great target for some wanna-be black hat script kiddie out there. I'm surprised nobody's tried it yet.

I was just mainly interested in the syntax of the addreses, how that worked, etc.

Thanks again!
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Post Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:16 pm

Re: Probably a stupid question, but....

Oyle,

Have a look at the following from Wikipedia:

Text Messaging
Short Message Service
SMS Gateways

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I haven't read through each completely, but the second 2 look to have some technical details that may help.
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Post Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:37 pm

Re: Probably a stupid question, but....

Thanks, Venom! Looks to be just what I was looking for. I've heard of SMS before, never really connected it with text messaging, 'cause, gee whiz, I don't use text messaging.

Thanks again. Gonna go read up some more on it.

;D
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Post Mon Jul 16, 2007 1:52 pm

Re: Probably a stupid question, but....

Yeah.. I don't use it either :P I'm too cheap to buy a PDA so I can have all the letters available, let alone purchase a 'texting' or data plan, and I'm *way* too lazy to type out messages on my phone ;D
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Post Mon Jul 16, 2007 3:32 pm

Re: Probably a stupid question, but....

I use a crackberry for work but it is diffrent that normal text-messaging (SMS).

Brian

Oh but i did used to get SMS spammed on my older nextel phone...
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Post Tue Jul 24, 2007 2:23 pm

Re: Probably a stupid question, but....

Blackberries can do SMS messaging, but they are best suited to email. Blackberry provide a server infrastructure to act as a gateway between you mobile devices and your mail server. I'm not a BB expert so I'm going to stop there :)

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Post Sat Jul 28, 2007 10:12 am

Re: Probably a stupid question, but....

I enjoy people who aren't afraid to ask "stupid" questions! Then we all learn. It also encourages those more timid folks out there to ask their questions.

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Post Sat Aug 04, 2007 3:37 pm

Re: Probably a stupid question, but....

I dont really understand why people are timid on a forum like this. If you cant be brave on the anonymous internet, where can you be,lol?

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