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      18.02.2010 17:18
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      Great site

      I recently got introduced to this Free Text Messaging Site, believe it or not, by another dooyoo Review. The review was just commenting on how the site was and that it was good for when you run out of credit. So I decided to log on to the site and check it out for my self. Firstly to tell the truth it is not really laid out properly. The design, or the script or template if you prefer to call it, is really dull. If they really did want more visitors I would of thought they would made it a bit more brighter with clearer information. Also there is so much ads on the site which also makes it unpleasant to visit. If you did not know already, Cbfsms.com allows you to send a text message to any mobile in the UK, what's more it is obviously all for free. Though if you wish to send a text message else where internationally, there will be a flat fee charge of 1p, which is still very cheap. The bad features of the site is that each text message you send it can only be 137 characters long so you either need to do a short message or make the words into a sort of slang way. Though if you want it to still be in Full proper grammar of course you can send 2 messages, but that just wastes time. When every you send a text message, it nearly always goes through very quickly. I know this because I tested the site out with my own phone and it worked perfectly and came within split seconds, so if you want it to get somewhere quickly you can definitely rely on it. I once heard from somewhere that at some times of the day there is so many people online there sending messages that actually it does not generate the message and says something like this ''Unable to connect, please try again within a couple of minutes time''. Although it has never happened to me yet, I am sure it will happen if you continue to use the system. As I have read I believe you can send as much texts as you want per day. Though the most I think you would really want to send would be about 2-3 if you were in an emergency with no credit and needed to contact someone. If you did so much which are really useless I suppose the owners of the site would notice some strange behaviour and disable you from your IP to send any more texts for that day. At the moment receiving replies from text messages are unavailable for the simple reason of this. You need an account there for receiving replies, and at the moment you cannot join up, so receiving replies is a no no if you are not a member there already. So make sure you put additional details in your message as such as ring back or something like that. And also I really would not advise to put personal information in your text message such as bank details, user-names, and addresses as I am sure you will get known eventually of what you do. And that is about it of what you basically need to know about the site. Overall it is pretty hand for when out of credit, but if you don't have internet access around then that would be the end of the line. So if you are out of credit why no use this free text messaging service as I am sure there will be no other as good as a site as this one.

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      15.02.2010 15:20
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      worth a try

      I was first told about this site by word of mouth and have used it quite a few times in the past. This site allows you to send text messages for free which is very handy when I have no credit. The site is very easy to use. When you first go onto it, it comes up with the box straight away without having to click through loads of links which saves you some time. There is also another long box where you enter the phone number you want to send the message to. You only get a limit of 137 characters per message which means your message cant be long so when writing your message try to shorten the words as much as possible to get more in. You then click the send button and must also check the terms and conditions box. They also want you to enter a verification code. This site can make you very annoyed because sometimes you go to send a text and it will say service will be resumed in so many minuets then I will wait those amount of minuets try to send another one and it will say it again but with even more minuets to wait and you get sit there for ages until it works so it isnt very reliable. If you do manage to send a text ok then the person may reply to your mobile but if they reply back to the site then their message will appear on screen and also you are guaranteed 1 text without having to wait for the service to be resumed. If you dont want to have to keep waiting for the service to be resumed and know you can send texts instantly then you can become a VIP but this service costs so I would rather put the money on my phone. In conclusion this site is good if you have no credit and need to send a text but dont reply on it if its an emergency.

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        18.01.2010 21:38
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        Free texts but not always guaranteed. And not very portable!

        I have a problem at work. My mobile phone can't get a signal unless I'm in Reception which is a 6 minute walk from my desk. So this site, which allows you to send free texts from your computer to a UK mobile, is a godsend. (You must unblock pop ups so it might not be suitable for every office environment.) It's a bit of a clunky procedure and you're restricted to 137 characters but it works (which is more than my mobile does). The clunkiness comes from the way you have to send the text. My first few failed just because I hadn't read the information properly - the number has 44 pre-entered, so you have to miss off the first 0 of the mobile number. When you click send, the first thing you'll see is an irritating ad (remember, you have to unblock pop-ups). Then there are several check boxes that indicate whether you want delivery confirmation, online replies and a confirmation that you've disabled ad blockers. However, as long as you're not sending at a particularly busy time, it's usually quite straightforward from there. The service allows you to receive text replies via the site free of charge too which is important for future use of the service. There is no limit on the number of texts you can send but if the system is particularly busy, you will be locked out unless you fulfill one of two criteria. You could pay for the VIP service but where's the sense in that? The better, free way to ensure all your messages are sent is to receive replies to your text messages - every reply allows you a guaranteed outgoing message. I usually use up some of my characters to include 'Pse reply'. I agree with some other reviewers that it can be irritating if you try to send a message and the system is too busy. However, this isn't a problem I have regularly - perhaps because I'm more likely to use it during the day. I'm being picky - after all this is a free service - but the look of the website is dreadful. Bright orange clashes with blue, it's very 'boxy' and the way the information is set out makes it quite difficult to understand at first. cbfsms also offers a business service but I certainly wouldn't be persuaded that this is the service to use if my business depended on it.

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          26.12.2009 19:43
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          A free message service for late month blues

          This is a website where it allows you to send a text message, without paying any deposit, or signing up to anything. It is a great site where you run out of credit at the end of the month and need to send an urgent text message. When i had my credit phone i would rely on this website along with o2.com to send midnight messages. There are a few issues with the website, but what can you expect with a service that is free. A few times it says that it has not sent, and to try again in a certain amount of time, this could range from 1 minute to 10 minutes. It can often be annoying when you wait for the 10minutes then send it again and it tells you to wait another 10 minutes. This however is a small let down, considering it is a service you haven't paid for, let alone even given your email address to. It is great for a last resort, and when working well, it is a fabulous free service which i really do appreciate. Another small disadvantage is the message size is rather small, but as you can send an unlimited amount of messages this is not a massive problem. I recommend this site to anyone who has run out of credit at the end of the month as wants an easy solution

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            26.12.2009 18:30
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            Sending texts from the internet.

            At the end of the month I always used to have 'issues' with a lack of phone credit, the best solution I found was a google for 'free sms' generally this was the first site which was presented so tended to be the one I used most often. The site is presented with slightly garish colours (orange and blue -blue sea and orange for a goldfish maybe?). The box in which you type your message is the white block halfway down the page, the narrow white box is for you to enter the phone number- crazily enough it even says so next to the box, preentered in the box is 44 (the UK prefix) as the free message service is only avaliable for UK numbers, although you can send to UK phones abroad. As the 44 is pre-entered you need to enter the phone number missing off the 0 from the start. Below is the message box itself you can only enter 137 characters - its worth noting that phones send messages of around 185 characters. Once you have entered the message click the send button. This brings you to another page, here you have to check the boxes for delivery report, and whether you want replys allowed. Then the final box which says that to send the message you must not have a pop up blocker enabled. Once this box is checked you can hit send. Then a third page, this simply has a 4 digit pin code to ensure that it's a person sending the message not a spammer I suppose. it send again and it finally sends your SMS message. The final page shows you the delivery reports and gives you the option to check for replies. All replies are sent to cbfsms and directed to you using the SMS code its given, as long as you don't close the window the reply will display automatically, if you do close it you'll need the reply code and a memorable word which you need to set when prompted. The whole process while slightly longer than I expected makes sense if you consider the parts, the site is funded by advertising revenue so allowing it to open a single pop up to send a message isnt such a hardship, and entering a PIN also makes sense, so many things need them now to open accounts to stop hacking etc. There are frequently delays on the site, when these happen you have to take notice of the time it gives you, usually no more than 10 minutes and try again after that length of time if you don't it will most likely make you wait another 10 minutes, and this can make sending messages a time consuming business, but luckily if you have had a reply to the cbfsms - ie sent to the site not direct to your phone - you sent you will have a guaranteed reply for even when the site is busy. Or there is another option, the VIPSMS service. This is a paid version of the service, you can subscribe, and send texts whenever you want. You have to buy a minimum of 300 credits this will cost £15. Each message you send costs 5p, but if you buy a larger amount of credits (not sure how many about 1000 I think) each message works out at 4p. These can be sent to some foreign mobiles, there is a page on the site to check the countries available, even when sending to foreign numbers it still costs the basic 4 or 5p. But you have to log in to the account at least every 90 days as is common. The main bonus is that you can send extended messages, but not so extended as from most phones. But as I have never used this service I don't know about its reliability or ease of use. Personally despite its regular unreliability, I would recommend this service for occasional messages, particularly at the end of the month when the credit is all gone the same way as your salary money! Oh yeah and seriously if you have a bad head don't use the site the colours make my head hurt pretty much everytime I use it.

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            26.12.2009 18:09
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            Free website but wouldn't rely on it!

            I used to use this site ALL the time when I had a pay as you go phone and had run out of credit. Now there is little use for the site as I'd imagine the majority of people have a monthly phone contract that has unlimited texts or some other incentive. The website is free to use but is overloaded with advertising. In this websites defense, it obviously uses the advertisements to create its revenue so you can't really complain. On the homepage it has the box to write your message straight away. You enter your mobile number at the top so whoever receives the text from you still recognises the number. You then have 137 characters to form your text. This is not a lot considering the character limit includes full stops and punctuation marks. You then click 'send' after forming your message and the page directs you to an advert whilst it loads. Eventually the page refreshes and you will be notified whether the text was successful or not. Whenever I used this site I could only really send two text messages per day before it refused anymore. Lots of times the page would tell me that my text failed and there were many a frustrated moment trying again and again going through the same motions to get the text to send but to no avail. All in all, a decent enough free website that allows you to send texts. A bit embarrassing to use as the logo appears at the end of your text message and thus shows the recipient that you have had to use a free online website. A great service if you are caught short without phone credit but highly frustrating if your text is refused. If one text doesn't send it is unlikely that others you send will be successful. If you want reliability register on the O2 website and they give you 10 free text messages a month and you can run over your characters if you need to in order to send a lengthier text. Your texts are replenished each month. I created two different accounts using different email addresses so that I have double the texts per month. You could do this using any number of emails.

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            11.11.2009 17:11
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            Overall a great concept for a website

            I recently read a review on Dooyoo totally slating this site. Whilst they had written it well and gave a great idea of the website from their perspective, I felt that some parts of this site were overlooked and completely underrated, so I felt compelled to write a review myself giving a more positive perspective. I first discovered this site by a friends' recommendation when I was complaining I was out of phone credit yet again (a common occurance). When I heard I could send texts for free, I thought it was too good to be true, so I checked the site out. I first looked it up when I was about 13, which was 7 years ago.. so it's been around for quite a time! A bit point is it hasn't changed much either in those 7 years, so familiar users aren't constantly having to re-learn how to use the site. On first glance, it looked a bit complicated. There were quite a few adverts dominating the main page, with loud colours and lots of text, including flashing logos, too. Along the top is the site's logo, just saying CBFSMS.com (stands for Cardboard Fish SMS if anyone is wondering!), and underneath (overlooking the adverts of course) is a line of options, including 'Send Message', 'Confirmation', 'Replies', 'FAQ', 'System Status', 'Abuse' and 'Contact Us'...all the general pages you'd find on a website. The gist of the website is that you can send text messages for free to any UK network, or if you click on their linked website Fish Text, you can send texts internationally from 1p. It's a great concept, and I was keen to check it out. When you type CBFSMS.com into a URL bar/search engine, you are brought immediately to the Send Message page. As I said before, this consists of the logo, links, adverts, and if you scroll a little further down the page there is are some message boxes. The top box you are probed to insert the number you wish to send a text to, and in the bigger box below you type your text. You are limited to 137 characters per text, which isn't a lot, given the fact that in each text you have to say who it's from as the text is sent from a random number, not your own (obviously if you sent a text from your own number you don't really have to write who it's from). Once you've written out your short but sweet message, you need to click the 'Send' button below. This will then load a new page, where you'll have to click a few options. You are asked: *Would you like delivery confirmation for your message? *Would you like to receive replies to your message? *I agree NOT to use any popup or banner blocking software whilst using the CBFSMS service. You do not need to tick the top two boxes, but you do need to click the one saying you agree not to use that software whilst using CBF, otherwise your message will not send. You are then taken to another page where you need to type in a PIN verification. A picture shows with four numbers in and you simply have to repeat those numbers in the box below. I think this is a security check to make sure people are not abusing the free message service. Once you've clicked okay, you are then transported to a final page, where you are told your message has sent, hurrah! It sounds pretty complicated, but is actually really easy. It's simple to send your first message, however after that you generally have to leave ten minutes inbetween each message. I'm not 100% sure why, but I think one of the reasons is that they encourage you to get your message recipients to reply to CBF (maybe the company makes money out of this), and when someone does reply to you via the website, you are guaranteed another message, without the 10 minute wait. Obviously this is really convenient, but all depends on whether your recipient will reply to the site or your own number. Just for research's sake, I sent myself a message using CBF earlier. Nothing exciting, just "Hi there". I typed in my phone number and pressed send, and after the following couple of pages of ticking boxes and filling in the verification code, it arrived at the 'message sent' page'. Immediately, without hesitation, and much to my surprise, my phone went off straight away! I used to think that the messages were delayed when you sent them, but here was proof that it sends straightaway! The message I sent was "Hi there." The message I received on my mobile phone said "Hi there. Txt back. cbfsms.com". So it does automatically put 'Txt back' and their website afterwards, a) so the receiver knows where the message came from, and b) as a marketing technique so the receiver is aware of the site. The other pages to this site are 'Confirmation', where you can enter your text confirmation code (you are given this after each text) to check all your messages have sent or are pending. The 'Replies' page shows any replies you've had to your text, again you need to type in the code you've been given to read these. The 'FAQ' is very handy, as it lists loads of questions that you might want to know about the website. If your question is not listed, you can click on the 'Contact Us' page to email them. I haven't yet had to contact them about anything so unfortunately am unable to let you know how long it takes them to reply. The 'System Status' page is great, as it shows you that the site is running probably so that there shouldn't be any delays in sending texts. There is also an 'Abuse' page, where you can type in your phone number to stop receiving "abuse" through CBF. I've never received abuse so have never had to use this, and it seems fairly uncommon, but I guess is just a precautionary measure just in case it happens. As I previously mentioned, I'd read a review that really downplayed this site. They talked about how the messages rarely got to their receivers. Whilst I don't actually know if this is true or not (some more texting research might help here!), even if it is the case that half of the time the messages do not send, I feel like there is not very much room to complain considering the site is completely free! Okay, it might be a tad annoying if you find out that a message you sent did not arrive at its destination, but for something that is free you can't really expect it to be 100% reliable. This site is there as a way of saving your credit or for sending a text should you run out of credit. If it is an emergency, then you'd be more likely to call the person by borrowing someone else's phone anyway, it is unlikely you'd use this service to send an emergency text, especially considering how little words you can fit in. So yes, a downside, possibly the service isn't completely reliable, but it's to use for fun, not to relay important information to friends and family. Another downpoint as I've already mentioned is that generally you have to wait 10 minutes in between each text before you can send them. But, if you request replies from your friends to CBF, then you get guaranteed texts to reply with straightaway. The site does offer a VIP status, which means you can send unlimited texts, and also texts which are more than 137 characters. It also means you don't have the 10 minute wait between your messages! However, there is no real perk to this as you might aswell just top up your phone instead of paying to use this site! After you get to grips with the website (takes merely minutes) it is easy to use, convenient and fantastic if you've run out of credit. There are a couple of other free online texting sites about, but I think Cardboard Fish is the most reliable and convenient of them all. I'm with O2 and you can send 10 free texts with them once a month, and this service is almost 100% reliable as far as I can see, but you can only send 10 every now and again. Other sites which allow you this service are Moco Unlimited, TextYourBuddy, Text4Free, OnlineTextMessage... the list goes on... I have tried most of them at one point or another just out of curiousity! But most of them try to charge you after a certain period of time (beware!) and the other ones have complex systems of signing up. Once you have signed up, I've found out through personal experience that the reliability rate is about 50%... really awful. So I recommend sticking to CBF, even if it takes ten minutes between each text message, at least it's reliable most of the time :) P.S. After reading a comment, I've realised I haven't mentioned about how much it costs for the receiver to reply. It is actually standard rate of your mobile phone, which is great as it means they won't be paying anymore than usual.

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              04.11.2009 02:02
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              just get credit

              One day I needed to send a few texts but didnt have any credit so I typed into Google free texts and it come up with the CBFSMS site. I read abit about the site and said its all free to send text messages so I thought great this will save me some credit when eveer I want to send a text. Its all very simple to use, when you go onto the homepage it comes up straight away with the box where you type in what message you want to send and the number you want to send it to. You only get 137 characters so the text isnt that long but for free you cant complain. After yourve filled out the text you want to send you just click on send sms and click the box where you agree to the terms and conditions and then enter the verification code and then the text is sent. The person who received the text can reply to that text and it will appear on the site for you to read or they can reply back to your mobile. I went to send my second text but then said the service will resume in 9 minuets, I waited 9 minuet went to send the text again and it said the exact same thing after a while I tryed it and it worked. The next time I used this site it kept doing the same thing because the more people who use the site the less chance your text will be sent. If you manage to send a text and the person replys staright to that text then you are given 1 guarenteed text where it wont say the service will resume in so many minuets. There is an option where you can go VIP and pay for this service and you can send a text when you want without having to wait for the service but why would you pay for this, you might aswell just top your phone up with credit. In conclusion this site is only good when it works and there is no other way to send a text. Only try it as a last resort and dont try it if it was an emergency.

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                27.10.2009 12:45
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                cbfsms.com is an online site that is used to send free texts to any mobile phone anywhere in the world right from you very own computer! Wow now doesnt this sound fantastic? We will never have to buy mobile phone credit ever again! No, sorry but Ive found that this site isnt everything it appears and people would probably more likely to get you message if you were using telepathy. Now where do I begin with.. The Neagtive Things About The Site: 1. The texts hardly ever get delivered to the other person. It is around a 50/50 chance that your message will ever be received by the other phone and if its an important message can you really take this chance? 2. When you try and send the text most of the time an error occures during your sending and you have to wait at least another 10 minutes before you can try again! 3. Im pretty sure there are some hidden charges that will eventually bite you on your ass, as there is a lot of terms and conditions I have yet to read through! Literally the only positive thing I can think of about this site is that its free and even finding that 1 positive thing was a stretch! My Opinion: Of the around 10 texts Ive managed to send from this site about 2 of them actually got recieved by the phone so to me that seems like a very poor ratio. I would only recommend it if you are really desperate and even then your better off trying to send the message via telepathy. I wont be using the site anymore even though it's free, its not worth the effort to be honest. Id give it a 2/10. I dont recommend. =]

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                  15.08.2009 16:47
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                  An excellent idea but with a few drawbacks as you might expect.

                  The most popular online SMS text provider, CBFSMS.com allows anyone with access to the internet to send free SMS texts to the phone of there choosing, anywhere in the World. All you have to do is enter the mobile number and type in the text message on the bright and user-friendly homepage, confirm it, enter a randomly generated four-digit security pin and hit send. You can even send a reply code which is very easy to do, so you can have full and free text based correspondence using just your computer. Ideal for when your phone is lost, broken or without credit, or you just want to save a bit of cash. Its also generally good in an emergency. The site has a brilliant premise and is an extremely useful tool, but sadly it does have a few flaws. Firstly, you can't send 'two-page' texts, as there is a character limit of just under 150 per message. Secondly, due to the massive amount of people on the site at any one time, texts written by users with weak\dial-up internet connections seldom sen. It also doesn't help that the already convoluted system is sometimes down, (although you are provided with a status checker in the site menu,) but thankfully its not down not too often. The main problem however is that the site is utterly riddled with ad-banners and pop-ups linking to malicious content, which can be incredibly frustrating when you just want to get an important text out of the way. One good feature though is that in the event of text-based site abuse, you can ask CBFSMS staff to issue a Block/Unblock code to the number in the box "Phone Number." The site admin are very responsive and helpful. There's no 'phonebook' option or anything flash like that unless you pay the site a small amount of cash to "Go VIP" which brings up a lot of options and gives you some level of priority when sending texts if the site is overcrowded, as well as massive increase on the character limit. I wouldn't recommend this unless you need to send texts CONSTANTLY, and simply dont' have a phone. One last point - Don't forget to tell the person you're texting who you are! Many's the time I've got a response when I've been using this site that simply reads "Erm...Who's this?" :)

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                    09.08.2009 18:12
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                    bfsms.com is a great idea, but could give you more texts.

                    cbfsms.com is a great website where you can send and receive free SMS text messages. This is a great idea and incredibly handy as it is so helpful if you have ran out of credit and desperately need to get in touch with someone. When I first heard about this site I thought there must be a catch, but there really isn't! Its so simple to use, all you have to do is enter the persons phone number and enter your text and then send. But remember to enter your name in the text too as the person receiving it won't know who it is from. However, it seems to me that you can only send around 2-3 texts a day as once you have passed that mark it always seems that there is an "error whilst sending". This is a huge set back and the reason why I prefere using the similar site, Fonetastic as its the same idea only you get 10 free texts and you get the chance to have more if you use it frequently. Overall, I think that cbfsms.com is a great idea, but could give you more texts.

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                    06.05.2009 13:19
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                    Worth bookmarking.

                    When my phone died I had no way of keeping in touch with my nearest and dearest until I discovered you can see SMS text messages for free online. However, trawling through the sites available is a bit of a minefield and often these free sites have huge catches or require subscription. Cbfsms.com is one of only two sites I have found (fonetastic being the other one) where the catches are acceptable and do not involve hidden costs and spamming your phone or email inbox. The site itself is a little garish but has a very simple and intuitive layout. There are a few banner ads at the top and bottom of the pages but they are neither intrusive or inappropriate. The site navigates fluently and quickly and I have yet to see any downtime or glitching. Reassuringly, it works perfectly in firefox which gives me good vibes about site security and stability. Sending a text via the site is very simple and free for the UK. An online form requires you to fill in the mobile number you wish to send to (minus the 0) and then you have 137 characters of message available. This is more than adequate for my needs but you may not want to wax lyrical as this results in you needing to send multiple messages. You can only send one message at a time and pressing on send leads you to a page which previews your message and a tagline, "Free SMS at cbfsms.com". This is the only advertisement the receive will get and as someone who has used the site frequently, I can attest that the people I have sent messages too have never received any other messages or spam so it appears secure. You might want to include your name with your message though or your friends might be confused! The preview page does have the only real catch to the service clearly displayed. You have three boxes to tick before you send your message. You can have a delivery confirmation message to the site. If you tick here you are given a code that allows you to check the status of your message sent. I always click this box and can check if my message is pending or sent very easily. I can also choose to receive replies directly to cbfsms.com and receive a code to access this also making this also secure. An added benefit to this is I am guaranteed another outgoing message. I will get to why this is such a bonus. Lastly comes the catch. You have to agree not to use pop up blocking software on the site. Cbfsms.com relies heavily on pop up advertising for it's revenue. As such if you don't allow pop-ups, your message will not send. It is a catch but you do only get one or two pop unders per message so it is not a huge issue for me. When you press send the message goes almost instantly and is often received at least as quick as if you send it from a network. Unfortunately, the main problem with the site is you are not always able to send your message. When the site is busy you can get an error message and be told to try again in up to ten minutes as VIP members and those who have opted in to replies get priority. This can be very frustrating! This is were the receiving replies option becomes very worthwhile. Your messages then get priority and utilising this option means your messages will nearly always send. Invaluable if you are going to be using the site for any serious length of time as receiving the error message seems to become increasingly frequent the more you use it. I also like the fact that the site also takes abuse seriously. You can have your, or other peoples number blocked from the service simply by filling out an online form and again, this makes this seem like a very secure service. Unfortunately, if you want to send multiple messages you would need to sign up the VIP service which also offers extended messages although at five pence per message and without a stored phonebook feature, I don't think it warrants the expense. The lack of a phonebook on site for your numbers is a minor issue but is perhaps one of the main reasons why this is a short term use site. It is great for the odd message when your phone is dead and the minor drawbacks are outweighed by the fact it is totally free. However, I would consider it too limited and frustrating for long term use. This isn't a site which will replace your phone but it is worthy of a bookmark in the event of phone death.

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                      08.02.2009 04:27
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                      A reliable free service that offers a worlwide text message service

                      CBF stands for CardBoard Fish and is a website that offers a free worldwide SMS (text messaging) service. However, the site and service are paid for by placing heavy advertising on their site, including popups which you have to check the box to be willing to accept, in order to use the service. You also have to check a box to confirm that you will use no popup blocking software while using the site. Given that there is no login system, you have to check these boxes every time you send a message which can get a bit tedious and this is why I haven't given CBFSMS full marks. The site is quite easy to use, you simply type in the phone number of the person you want to send a text message to and then enter the message in the form, though you do have a limited amount of space for characters, so you can only send fairly short messages. You will also get a popup advert with every single message you send. Also, a lot of the time you may have to wait up to ten minutes for your message to actually send. If this happens, the message usually goes through at ten minute intervals - ie 3:10 then 3:20, so if you send a message at 3:18 you will only have to wait two minutes. However, if you check the box to receive replies, you are guaranteed one outgoing message (which goes through straight away) for every message you receive back. CBFSMS also has a delivery confirmation service, so you know whether your text messages have been delivered to the recipients phone or not. In most cases, if a message comes back as unknown then it's usually because somebody's phone is switched off, though in rare cases I have known the message to actually have been delivered but not confirmed. Some days I have sat for hours using the service to text friends and have never experienced any problems with the functionality of the site. If you only have a limited number of text messages available on your mobile phone or are charged for your SMS service, then CBFSMS provides a reliable free way of communicating.

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                        15.01.2009 23:04
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                        Great free service for all!

                        This is great if you have run out of credit and need to send a quick text, its free and unlimited. The texts can be sent to anyone anywhere and they really are free with no sign up or registration. Just type in the URL, and off you go. Now the only thing bad about it is, sometimes when there is high demand, the messages won't send straight away and you will ahve to try 10 minutes later, so if your ina hurry it can be very annoying!!! Something else which can be annoying is that you can't receive messgaes, well you can, it gives you a number to type in to read any replies, but, this is long winded and I've never successfully done it, so you do have to give your number in the message taking up valubable texting space!!! :-P But all in all, cbfsms.com is a very good site, unlike sites such as fonetastic, you don't ahve to sign up, and the texts are 100% unlimited if a little slow sending at busy periods.

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                          05.01.2009 14:43
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                          Great for when you have run out of mobile credit

                          I've used this website on and off for a while now. It's a great tool for when you have ran out of credit on your mobile or are just too tight to use your own credit. The advantages of this are that you are able to contact friends/family when you otherwise would not be able to. Although with that said, if you are sat at a computer then there is always email and only sites such as facebook where you can leave a message which is also totally free. However by sending a text message it guarantees that the recipient will get it and hopefully read it straight away. There are a few minor disadvantages to using this website, one of which being the character limit on sending a text message. So you are either forced to write something short or write in text speak to be able to say what you want. Alternatively you could send two messaages. Although this message service is FREE it comes with a catch, you must click to accept pop ups from the advertisers on the website, this is no big deal as you may get one or two pop up windows, just close them and then proceed with sending your message. For those users who have created an account there is a feature which allows you to be alerted when a message is recieved, although this isn't really necessary as long as you have your phone at hand. Lastly, there can sometimes be downtime on the website where so many people are using the free sms service that it becomes unavailable for a number of minutes, which can be annoying, but once again it is free so what do you expect. One final thing to note is that if you do not accept the pop ups and it fails to send your text message, when you hit the back button you have to re-write the whole text message so just remember to accept before proceeding.

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