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22 March 2004
Filed under:Useful web resources at3:44 pm

My most recent source of free SMS via the web – “Lycos”:http://www.lycos.co.uk/ – has stopped offering them and I would like to find a replacement. I used to use “O2”:http://www.o2.co.uk/ but they revised their privacy policy so that if you wanted to keep using them to send SMSes you had to be open to receiving third party marketing messages in return. ICQ claims to offer free UK SMS but a) they “don’t send to Virgin Mobile or 3”:http://web.icq.com/sms/smsnetworks/ and b) I have found their message sending to O2, Vodafone and Orange a little erratic. So can you make any other suggestions?


  1. I have no idea what they are like to use. I came accross this when I signed up for tiscali broadband http://www.tiscalimobile.co.za/sms_web.html – I think you can use it free if you register (you don’t have to be an existing customer).

    I know what you mean about ICQ beig erratic too.

    Comment by jez stone — 22 March 2004 @ 5:11 pm

  2. Thanks but it appears I would need a South African ID number and ten digit (South African) mobile number to register for that Tiscali service. Tiscali UK doesn’t appear to offer a similar service, either.

    Comment by David Brake — 22 March 2004 @ 5:56 pm

  3. go to http://members.lycos.co.uk/geniesms/thread.php?id=75
    and download the latest version of genietexter, it lets u send free sms via multiple sms portals, check it out 🙂

    Comment by steve — 26 March 2004 @ 5:47 pm

  4. by the way ive been using the o2 service since the year dot, and havent ever received any third party marketing messages

    Comment by steve — 26 March 2004 @ 6:47 pm

  5. ps. tiscali uk do have a free sms service, but u have to use them as your isp to be able to actually use it.

    Comment by steve — 29 March 2004 @ 10:26 pm

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