Vyke moves VoIP battle to SMS

19 June 2007

VoIP provider Vyke has added text messaging to its mobile phone
client, enabling its customers to text each other for free and charging
just over a penny to text anyone else.

The UK based company reckons it's 10 times cheaper for NASA to get
messages back from the Hubble space telescope than for you to text your
mate - byte for byte - and anyone exceeding their bundled text messages
will know how the cost of compulsive texting can add up.

Vyke already offers a Jajah-like service, using a Java client to
configure a call which is then received as incoming by both parties,
but extending that to text requires some mechanism to enable the
receiving phone to wake up and get the message.

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