Basically Dooyoo's interactive sms is a rip-off. For those of you not-in-the-know dooyoo's Interactive sms service is just a quick way for dooyoo to make money. They say that it 'helps you make consumer decisions on the go'. In other words you can get dooyoo opinions through text. A fairly good Idea. Why not? You see something you want when you are out shopping but you want know what dooyoo users think before you buy. I think that it is a relitavely good concept. Matthews Guide to Interactive Sms Dooyoo Style: 1: Get A monile phone with LOADS of credit 2:Text Dy to 8700 (if you are on vodafone) 3: recieve a welcome message 4:send what you want to search for to 8700 5: Recieve a product description. 6: send p to the number for the best online prices. 7: Realise that each message you recieve costs 59p an there fore you've just wasted about £2:50 (inc the bill for the messages you've sent) 8: Blame Dooyoo. It helps. In concept it is good but as soon as they introduce the 59p thing it all goes out of the window. Now I haven't personally tried this sservice because i never leave my house so I am always on the net, but I think for 59p a text you should a get a reletavily good service. Anyway, it is another way for DY to pay for all the money they will have to give me on my 18 birthday. HEHEHEHE!
Now I must first apologise to anyone who feels I am churning tonight but hopefully you will realise that the two topics I have covered tonight are very closely linked. My first topic was the online Price Comparison service offered by Dooyoo, well heres the same service on your mobile phone, via text messages. How does it compare? Well, the first thing to obviously note is that this service is not free (one of the big things going for the online comparison!). You have to pay an audacious 50p (+VAT) in order to recieve your price comparisons. Not too bad if you save a small fortune getting a better price, but when it is free online (and bearing in mind it still only covers online retailers), what is the point in wasting that cash? The basic idea of this service is that you see a product you like and type in the name of it and send the message to a specified number (the number is 84873). This message will cost you 50p (+VAT) but may differ on different networks/tariffs. Do please check before you text! Dooyoo will then text you back in a relatively short space of time with the top 5 prices they can find for you. Now, I can only presume people will use this if they see something on sale in a shop and want to check if it really is a bargain. In this instance it isnt a bad service and may at least give you peace of mind that what is supposedly £20 cheaper is really just that. Still, you could just ask them to reserve it and go home to check - not worth the hassle to some though, so definitely a convenience service. There is a small problem I have found with the text price comparison though. You need to be accurate with the information you send them. They only want the name of the product, but they want the PRECISE name (so you cant put in HP deskjet, it needs HP Deskjet 500i). This is obviously to ensure you get the right product, but online you get a selection choice you can then make from related products. This isnt poss
ible with text so instead you get a text message back saying there was an error in your request. Now this isnt so bad but it still gobbles your money, so why not send us the closest thing they could find and hope it was right, pointing out we had made an error in the product name. This would at least provide a small chance of us not having to fork out an extra 50p! The return times are pretty good though. Considering Vodaphone is a rather shoddy network when it becomes overloaded with Text's, 4 mins wasnt too bad. Other people I know have achieved faster, although they made me pay them 50p for the privilege of them trying (skinflints!). Just be sure of one thing, the Dooyoo claim of 10 seconds is nonsense from my experience. In the end it all depends how much of a rush you are in, my longest wait was 6 mins and my shortest just 30 seconds - so it seems to differ a lot. Overall this service is a rather good quality one although it does have its flaws, especially its price and considering the same service is better (and free!) online, I would ignore the SMS version unless it is really necessary. I rated it 1/5 stars simply because the online version is free and a lot better - without the great online version available it would score just 2/5 stars - for the price I'd rather not bother. ***This is a comparison - online to SMS*** COST: Online: Free SMS : 50p(+VAT) SPEED Online: 2mins max, 12secs min SMS : 6mins max, 30secs min INPUT ACCURACY REQUIRED: Online: Almost always ok - choice given SMS : 100% accuracy required PRICES: Online: Good/excellent SMS : Good/excellent EXTRA BENEFITS: Online: Can go straight to site to buy product. SMS : Can use in middle of town away from PC. ***Comparison over****
What a fantastic idea. For a small fee of 50p (+VAT) you can have the 5 cheapest prices of any product from the following catergories sent directly to your phone. **-HOME ELECTRONICS-** - TVs - DVD Players - HiFi - VCRs - Camcorders - Digital Cameras - Games Consoles **-COMPUTERS-** - Desktop Computers - Monitors - Printers - Laptop Computers - Palmtop Computers - Digital Cameras - Games Consoles **-HOME APPLIANCES-** - Tumble Dryers - Washing Machines - Freezers - Fridges - Vacuum Cleaners - Dishwashers - Fridge-freezers - Microwave Ovens **-PHONES-** - Cordless Phones - Mobile Phones At the moment the service is only currently available for Vodaphone users so i have not been able to try it out. BtCellnet, However are next in the queue with contracted phones first and then pre-paid. If you're not on either of these networks, don't panic! Orange and One2One networks will also be available shortly. The fee may seem steep but it really depends on what you're buying. I'd rather pay 50p to have my mind reassured that this £499 television really is the cheapest than walk past another shop later on and find it cheaper. (Come on, we've all done it before!) Not only is the service, in my opinion a fair price, It's also available at your fingertips whenever you need it and could save you a lot of time. Text Messaging is fairly simple and we all use it quite frequently these days so the service really is easy to use. Follow these 3 easy steps: 1. Type out a text message in the normal way stating the BRAND and PRODUCT CODE of the product you want. Easy so far eh? - i.e, Phillips SA126 2. Send this text message to the following number: 84873 (I recommend you store this in your phone) 3. Wait for &q
uot;up to ten seconds" and a list containing the 5 cheapest prices should be sent to you! You see, I told you this service really was easy. I'm going to be using it a lot this christmas because to be honest, I'm fairly sick of trailing around busy shops with heavy bags of shopping just because i like to get bargains :) There are a lot of adjustments that need to be made to this service, I'm not saying it's perfect. It's only currentely available to Vodaphone Networks leaving most mobile phone owners without the service. Also, whilst the price of 50p is fairly justified considering the saving you could make, It still is rather expensive for a text message and could cost you more if you made an error in your message or if you are already standing in the shop with the cheapest price! Maybe when the service picks up and has more users they could bring down the prices as I'm sure this will be a complaint expressed by many. In conclusion, i would recommend this service to anyone who was out looking for something expensive. If you ask the shop assistant if they have the cheapest price they will always say yes which isn't acceptable considering electrical items prices can vary quite a lot saving or costing you up to £100. With this service, you know and can be reassured that you are getting the cheapest prices right to your phone, any time any place!
I recently wrote an opinion on the brilliant dooyoo price comparision functionality on the website. However dooyoo are branching out and you can even get this service on your mobile phone via SMS. --The SMS price comparision service-- The service is very useful when your out shopping and would like to compare prices to get the best and cheapest deals. Currently only vodafone users can access the service and another downside is the fact it costs 50p + VAT to access the service, which is charged to your mobile bill. This seems alittle steep to me and if dooyoo want the service to become widely used their going to have to drop that price. I hope the price comes down otherwise I'll probably never use it, except on the odd occassion. However the money this service could save you may far outweigh the price of accessing the service, e.g. the service may provide you with a retailer that is selling the TV you want for £10 less than the retailer you were going to buy from. --How it works-- All over the dooyoo website there are advertisements promoting this SMS price comparision service. If you click on the advert a page will load explaining more about the service and how to access it. Accessing the service is easy and dooyoo have provided a 3 step guide and mobile-phone animation that illustrates how the service works. This SMS price comparision service seems like a good idea to me... Using the service is easy and it should work if your on the vodafone network and your mobile supports SMS (message sending/recieving). Note: All new mobiles support SMS. To use the service you must send a message containing the brand and product code, e.g. Sony A3, then send the message to the dooyoo price comparision service (the number is 84873). Note: Its a good idea to store this number in your mobile for future use. You should then recieve a message containin
g the 5 cheapest prices. Its that simple. --Support-- As I've said the service is only currently available on the vodafone network, however more networks will follow, e.g. orange, one2one etc... For more information check out the page on this service. --Conclusion-- This SMS price comparision service is generally a good idea, which could save you money while shopping in the highstreet, however I think the price of 50p for using the service each time is still too steep.