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Free texts galore!!!!
Member Name: MrTink12
Advantages: Send free texts to your friends, receive replies
Disadvantages: Loads of pop ups, error messages, waiting times
Text messaging is exceptionally popular in this country and around the world. Thus would it not be great to be able to send texts free of charge? The CBFSMS website provides such an opportunity.
CBFSMS stands for CardBoardFish Short Message Service. There is no need to register with the site in order to send out free text messages. They support the four major UK networks Orange, Vodafone, 02, and T-Mobile. The other networks such as Virgin, Fresh and Tesco are regarded, as ‘virtual networks’ and sending texts to their subscribers are not guaranteed. CBFSMS do no sell or market to any mobile numbers.
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One will notice that the site has numerous advertisements at the top of the screen and more at the bottom. Obviously CBFSMS need to make some cash, and this is one of the ways that they do so.
You will see right in the middle of the screen one box to enter the mobile phone number to send to. This starts 44, and when you enter the number one should exclude the initial 0. Thus this box will read 447986 and so on. Underneath there is a bigger box that allows users to enter their text message. This can be some 137 characters long. After typing the message you press ‘Send SMS’. An advertisement will pop up, and on this new pages further adverts will appear.
Also one will need to bear in mind a very important statement on this page. It says ‘Abuse is strictly forbidden. This service is NOT anonymous. We store all records for at least two years and co-operate fully with the Police to TRACE abusive messages to the originator…’ Therefore it is imperative that the texts you send are for legitimate purposes. Similarly it would seem best not to reveal any truly personal information in these texts, such as bank details or home addresses – just to be on the safe side.
Under this warning message you have the option to have delivery of the text confirmed and whether to get replies back through the website. One has to agree not to use pop-up blocking software on their PC since otherwise you are prevented from using the free text service. After clicking on ‘Send’ another screen will open asking you to type the shown Pin Verification. Upon doing so you can click on ‘Send’ once more, and this time the message will be sent to the recipient.
The page after the message has been sent will provide a delivery confirmation code, and a reply code if you ticked this option earlier. You can click on ‘check for replies now’ whilst remaining on the website. If you wish to leave the website and return later to check for replies you will need to set a memorable word between 4 and 12 characters long, and write down the reply code.
I have tended to use the site when low on credit, or simply as a way to save a few pence here and there. For such purposes the site is beneficial.
Other features on the site include message boards which include all variety of information including help and support, music, computing and website reviews. You can find this to the right of the boxes where you enter the phone number and message, listed as CBF-Boards. Additionally to the left you can Chat Now that provides help using the site from @hosts and other users.
One annoying aspect of the site is how you will go through writing out your message, typing in the number, going through all the stages, only to get an error message stating to have to wait x amount of minutes before the service resumes. The service becomes temporarily unavailable due to the high demand that free texting attracts. It will state to wait anything up to ten minutes or even more.
For many all these pop up advertisements as you go through the site and on the website itself will provide some annoyance.
137 characters is quite restrictive. Your likely need two or more texts sometimes. If you want to be able to send longer texts (up to 402 characters) and never receive an error message you have to join the VIP CBFSMS. A VIP account is free but you are required to make an initial purchase of no less than 300 credits to sign up for it. And one credit is 5p so one needs to spend £15 for the service, so I have not joined this.
As a site allowing users to send unlimited free text messages it proves itself to be undoubtedly useful. Nevertheless I could not really see many individuals using this site for the bulk of their text messaging. People do not want to wait ten minutes or longer to send a text; they prefer to do it instantaneously. As such I would recommend the site as one to use once every now and then but no more.
PO Box 197
Summary: To be used once now and again to send a free text