SMS Text Message Information
This page contains links and information regarding SMS text messaging in the UK
What is SMS?
SMS stands for Short Message Service, but is more commonly known as "texting". Text messaging is of course hugely popular, especially where you consider that the Network Operators never expected it to be a hit - in fact it was 'launched' by accident. Mobile Phone Network Operators used a spare data channel to send each other messages, and it caught on.
Improvements to the service, such as T9 predictive text (to help type faster), have helped to improve the service, and a number of enhancements such as enhanced messaging (EMS) led to MMS multimedia messaging (messages with video, photos and sound).
As well as sending text messages to friends, SMS messages can be used by your operator to send you phone settings over-the-air and software, for companies to send dedicated content (and spam) to your mobile, and for services such as online voting, news alerts and competitions.
If you text a lot, it's well worth having a look around to get on a tariff that offers lots of free texts. We're fans of o2 online, with tariffs that offer unlimited free text messages a month. They offer a number of bolt-on extras too.
Check out details of their online-only tariffs (not available in-store) at www.o2.co.uk .
- Get news headlines sent by SMS from: Guardian and Sky News
- TFL - London tube status information sent to you by SMS
- Share price and FTSE details to your mobile from: o2.co.uk
- Textmefree.com, for links to free web-based SMS services in the UK, and world-wide.
- National Lottery - Try to win a lottery jackpot by SMS
- Tex2 - An application that lets you use GPRS or a PC to send text messages
- Flirt by SMS and send SMS via your PC with SMS.ac
SMS Landline phone:
Pictured on the right is the BT Relate SMS handset. This allows you to send and receive text messages to and from your home landline - giving you the ability to use SMS text messaging without a mobile phone. There are a range of home phones that can now do SMS text, including some digital cordless handsets.
Email to your mobile, over SMS
- o2 - Free, but sometimes unreliable. Email can be accessed over web or WAP. o2 Unofficial Info
- Locust - £3 a month for messages to be forwarded to your mobile. Your can also send email from your phone. Lots of extra features
Uboot - With a uboot email
account, you can receive SMS alerts. Only works with web-based email, not Outlook
Below is a list of the SMS Service Centre (SMSC) numbers for the main UK operators. The SMSC is stored on your phone or SIM, and is used to forward your outgoing text messages to the network operator. If your phone suddenly loses the ability to send a text message - it could be a problem with the SMSC number stored in your phone.
Check your mobile phone's "Message Settings" or "Message Options" entries, and look for "Message Centre" or "SMS Centre number". If you're having problems, try the phone's instruction book, or look for information online (such as the Nokia and Ericsson websites). If in doubt, contact your mobile phone network provider for help.
|Network operator||SMS Centre Number|
|O2 (Was BT Cellnet / Genie mobile)||+447802000332
+447802092035 (pay as you go)
|T-Mobile (was One2One)||+447958879879|
|3 / Three||+447782000800|
Some frequently-asked questions about SMS text messaging:
If you find you're spending too much on your texting, it may be an idea to switch tariff. We recommend that text addicts look at the tariffs available for online customers of o2. Some of their tariffs offer either unlimited texts, or up to 1000 free text messages a month.
See www.o2.co.uk for details of their online tariffs.
|Unable to send SMS||
If you find that you're not able to send SMS text messages, getting a message like "Your SMS cannot be sent", there are a few things to try checking:
|Boil a kettle by text?||The SMS Kettle - Called the ReadyWhenURKettle, developed by Orange, the press release we read in October 2005 said that PG Tips would launch this product in January 2006... This is a kettle that you can send a text message to, to make the kettle boil. The text message kettle was due to be available in 2006, but we're still waiting - and suspect that this may have been a false alarm or a publicity stunt. Know any more about this mythical product? Please contact us|
Got a question? Please ask in our Mobile forum
Other links related to SMS:
- SMS Today - Moremobile's useful guide to SMS text messaging
- SMS Lingo - Looking to learn the language of text, and what the acronyms mean? Try this dictionary
- Mobile Forum - The place on our forum to discuss text messages, MMS and technical stuff
- Mobile Phone FAQ - Help with other common mobile phone questions