GenieTexter, the free SMS sending application has a feature to check a pop3 mailbox for emails that are formatted in a special way, i.e with the mobile number you want to send an sms to and the sms message itself, if the message is correctly formatted, GenieTexter pulls out the message and the number from the email and sends the message to that mobile number. Pretty useful feature, if you have got a PC on an always on internet connection. As you could use it to send free SMS from wherever you are, as long as you have access to email.
Theres also another way to send free sms via email, quite a few mobile networks allow you to send an email to a mobile phone if you format the email address as the users mobilenumber@thenetworkswebaddress.
Heres a list of networks that allow this. most of the companies listed seem to be American, but there are a few other countries networks there too. The only downside of this is I think the person receiving the email on their phone might have to pay for the message! This is certainly the case for T-Mobile UK, who I have the utmost disrespect for, due to the fact they are ripping off their customers left right and centre. What if a spammer got hold of this information and started spam emailing your mobile phone! You would very soon either lose all your credit (in the case of a Pay as you go phone) or else go bankrupt in the case of a contract phone!
I wrote a new GenieTexter script the other day, its for vgsmail.com, this script interfaces directly with the vgsmail http API, which means all the extra HTML stuff doesnt have to be downloaded from their website, which in turn means the SMS sending functionality and balance checking functionality are a lot faster in this script than the old VGSMail script. The script is called vgsmail-API and As usual you can downlaod the script through the Genietexter service manager.
I released a couple of new GenieTexter scripts today, they are both for the same site: www.fonetastic.com
you get 10 free SMS text messages a day and they allow international sending, are replyable, and you can earn more messages.
you can download the scripts through the GT service manager as per usual.
Just found a cool site that shows you step by step how to dismantle your mobile phone and put it back together again: www.uselessinfo.org.uk
Want to find out what network or country a mobile phone number is?
go here http://www.numberingplans.com/index.php?goto=isdn enter the number and they will tell you.
They also have a similar service on the same site for entering the IMEI number of a phone and it will tell you the make and model number of the phone plus lots of other useful info.
If you need to unlock your mobile phone so you can use a sim from a different network provider, go to
http://www.uniquephones.com/unlock/ where they offer a free unlocking service. You just have to enter some details about your phone such as the model number, network its currently on and the IMEI number, then the site gives you the codes to type into your phone to unlock it. Just tried it the other day on a nokia 8310 and it worked no problemo! Excellent service, some mobile phone shops charge 20 to 30 quid to unlock phones normally!!!
*UPDATE* I think the uniquephones service is no longer free and they charge a small fee for the unlocking service now. Never fear though, as theres a new free unlocking service in town! :D http://www.trycktill.com/eng/ and it can unlock nokia, LG, panasonic, siemens, vitel and maxon, never heard of the last 2 but there you go :)