Intro ------ Recently I found that about half my mobile bill was due to SMS text messaging. Given how cheap texts are for networks to send I figured it was time to start saving money. In the past I'd used some free services for SMS messages but these were often unreliable and had the habit of vanishing after a short while. Lycos SMS ------------ Lycos SMS (www.lycos.co.uk) lets you send and receive SMS messages via the web, you can also set it up so that any responses to messages you do send via the web are re-directed to your phone. Costs ------- There are various rates ranging with prices falling to around 3p per text to any UK mobile phone, normal rates are nearer 5-6p depending on which package you opt for. I paid £10 for 250 UK SMS messages (4p each). You can pay via credit card and premium SMS. Also if you opt for one of their email and web space packages you get 30 free texts per month. They also 'claim' to charge for any messages re-directed to your phone. Services ---------- Lycos SMS comes with an address book so just add your friends to that and you'll be up and running in minutes. Advantages ---------- - No need to fiddle around with phone buttons for ages trying to text people. Send SMS's from your desktop at work. - Built-in address book, just click a few boxes and you can send your message. - Messages can be re-directed to your phone (charged) or SMS inbox at Lycos (free). - Send messages to groups quickly and easily. - Cheap! - The credit doesn't expire after one month as it often does on mobile contracts - Works with any network. - International and MMS messaging available. Disadvantges ------------ - You are billed in credits not cost, two credits is one normal size SMS. - I may be wrong but the message size seems slightly shorter than normal. - Paying via premium SMS
doesn't always work but their customer service credited my account without any complaint once they'd checked it out. Overall ------- User friendly, cheap and reliable. Sure it's not free, but as they say, you get what you pay for! And 250 SMS messages for £10 isn't at all bad compared to the 10p I normally pay.
The internet is full of sites claiming to provide you with free sms, although i have only found a handful that actually do!! Lycos has to be the most reliable, although i found it a little slow at times this is most probably its popularity. You can have upto 130 characters and can send unlimited messages.There is no sign up or registration,so no need to log in before you use. The only disadvantage is there are quite a few clicks,i.e agree buttons before you actually reach the messaging page,but once your there its straight forward, key in the mobile number then write your message. Once you've sent your message it then gives you the option to send another one(if you dont mind clicking the agree buttons again)!!It doesnt have the option of a phone book, but who cares... its free!!! All in its a reliable service, and one of the only ones i trust to send my message.
Lycos offer local call rate access with free SMS and a great search engine, there are two things I do not like about SMS is the phones keypad and the cost, so when I saw the television advert for this particular free product/service, I was more than keen to 'give it a go'. There is no need to register with Lycos and once you have read the instructions and rules. You can type up to 130 characters and there are a number of 'themes' to choose from. The user can also send sms to other European countries and although lycos include a small advert at the end of the message they are sent fast and it proves to be a reliable service.
Lycos in association with GloTelecom have launched a new internet service that allows customers 30 minutes of FREE internet calls every day followed by call charges of just 1p per minute 24 hours a day. The down side is that you have to route your calls via GloTelecom (who claim to be 30% cheaper than BT)using a phone dialer charged at £20 - but which is refunded in call credits against voice calls on your first 4 bills. Internet connection and speed is very good and Customer service excellent.
This is a really good website I has many attractions but at the moment I only use it for sending text messaging, as a lot of the other websites that send text messages are beginning to have problems due to the amount of people using them. That is why I turned to Lycos because it is not yet as well known as others such as breathe and Genie Internet. At Lycos you don’t have to sign up to be able to send messages, although you do have to agree to some terms and conditions before you are able to send them. The text messages are very quick and so far I haven’t had any problems with it…give it a go!
I have had three Internet service providers to date and it is a hassle to move from one to another. The main problem is changing your address everytime you move ISP. This is where Lycos came to the rescue. It is probably not an original idea,as a friend suggested it to me, but I opened an e-mail account with Lycos and have everything go to them. Thus I only use my ISP address for family and friends. As a competiton freak I worry about not being notified by companies who want to give me dosh and other prizes but cannot as I have moved address. Using a third party e-mail provider takes this stress away. However, Lycos also provides other little gems. I have started to use the SMS service which reduces my mobile charges. A great little service which is welcome and appears to work quicker then the "Genie" service. I have sent three messages through this and it took 12 hours to get to my wifes phone. Just as well I was not asking her to take the chicken out of the oven! The site also has a great search facility. When I want to do my educational stints then I use this rather than my ISP's facility which is not that good. I have enjoyed the use of Lycos and would recommend it. The best bit is, as a dog owner, it is great to get mail which is not torn or smeared with saliva. Go fetch it Lycos (Greek for Dog for those into trivia quizes).