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THOUGHT: Is MMS Picture Postcard the next messaging "hype"?
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 10.07.03 - 17:08:31 CET under 09 - Thoughts - Viewed 5986x
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Several networks across Europe has already released their "MMS Picture to Postcard" services during the past months and I wonder if this is becoming a real hype (at least during holiday seasons) or not.

For all of you who haven't heard about it, it's a pretty simple but fancy and convergent service as it combines the cell phone world with the traditional snail mail world:

  • First you snap a photo with your camera enabled cell phone:
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  • Now you add the recipient (postal address, not E-Mail or MMS number) and some text and send it to a dedicated number:
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  • Some day later, the recipient will get your photo printed to a postcard on one side and your text on the other side:

The idea isn't a bad one, just snap your photos while you are on vacation and send it (via GPRS/GPRS Roaming) home to the beloved; doesn't matter if he/she has an E-Mail account or MMS enabled cell phone.

So what do you think, would you use such a service (always depending on the costs - I know but from the general idea) to send message on the traditional postal way?
Overall I like this idea and will use it next time I'm in holidays! :-)

Cheers ~ Arne


 

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Posted by DubWireless on 10.07.03 - 17:51:21

So far, here in Ireland, MMS only works within each operators network, they still haven't rolled out cross network messaging, it is also quite expensive at 50c a message (and most likely more when roaming!).

I tried to send an MMS back from The Netherlands and from Germany earlier in the year but they never made it home to Ireland, perhaps they have it working now. It's still early days! I'll try again for sure, I like the idea of an instant hello with a personal picture. Although I might use the MMS Blogging service (blog.o2.ie) from O2 next time which would share it with all my frends when they when to look (less direct but you can reach more people at once with one message).

BrianG.

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