Swype – the next generation of text input


Swype is a ridiculously futuristic-looking technology for inputting text to touchscreens. It’s also unfortunately named. It sounds like it’s been swiped from Skype. Ah well, no matter. You basically swipe/swype your finger over the keyboard, taking in all the letters that are in the word, and it works out which ones you’ve gone over and which words could be made from that combination of letters…

EC wants to scrap text message roaming charges

text.jpgWe already know that text message pricing is a great big rip-off, but when roaming in Europe it’s even worse, with some users being charged up to 63p per message sent, and even having to pay to receive them.

The European Telecoms Commissioner, Viviane Reding, isn’t at all happy about this, and has added the cost of SMS roaming charges to the long list of things she’d like to see mobile phone operators cut the cost of, or abolish…

The great SMS rip-off: Texting is the most expense data charge


If anyone saw last week’s Channel Four documentary “The Mobile Phone Rip-Off” then none of this will come as much of a surprise to you. If you didn’t, then prepare to be stunned.

I’ll cut to the chase and give you the maths in a minute. Data sent via text costs around £374.49 per MB and that’s at a generous rate of 5p per text. You don’t have to be a genius to work out that’s an absolute con…

Brits mainly use their mobile phones for texting and voice calls

nokia_sms.gifDespite the diverse range of mobile phone handsets boasting a myriad of advanced features, 60% of UK consumers still use their mobiles exclusively for sending text messages and making phone calls.

Three in five people who took part in the SNAPin Software survey said that they were simply not interested in using the other mobile services available on their phone, while nearly a third were confused about how they’d be billed, and one in five said they couldn’t be bothered to learn how to use new features.