Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Too Much Texting Is Linked to Other Problems

By RONI CARYN RABIN
Published: November 9, 2010

A new study suggests that the high school students who spend the most time texting or on social network sites (or both) are at risk for a host of worrisome behaviors, including smoking, depression, eating disorders, drug and alcohol abuse, and absenteeism.

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Thursday, October 21, 2010

Who Is apache@txt2day.com?

Visitor messages are sent using our mail server using a default email address. The tag "apache@txt2day.com" is placed on messages sent by visitors that do not include a return address. We can assure you that noone at txt2day is sending these messages.

Our site is visited daily by many looking to send text messages because they don't have a cell phone, lost their phone, battery is not working or simply want to send a quick text. Sometimes, they don't provide a return email address. In those cases, txt2day must put a place holder in for the return address but we are not the originator of the message.

Our site is like a "phone booth" where visitors can quickly send a message. If they wish to have replies, they need to put their own email address in the message form.

How do I receive replies to text messages sent via txt2day?

If you use www.txt2day.com for texting, there is a Reply Email Address which you can optionally fill. This is the reply address seen by the receiver of the SMS text message. If they choose to reply to your text and their provider supports replies to email, you will receive their return text to the address you selected.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

US Teens Send An Average of 3,339 Texts Per Month

According to recent studies carried out by Nielsen, teens from the United States of America text three thousand, three hundred, and thirty nine times a month on average. A few people are likely to be shocked by these figures, but how surprising is it really in this day and age where everything revolves around convenience and technology? Reports suggest that the average American teenager texts at least six times per hour. This is not a surprising figure, and many people actually text a lot more.

As well as the dramatic increase in text message usage over the last couple of years, people are using a lot more internet data. There could be a few different reasons for this. One reason is that there are a lot more websites available in mobile versions now than there were a few years ago, especially when it comes to social networking websites.

Nearly half of all American teens asked why they would own a cell phone said that the only reason that they use the device is to send texts. The second most important reason for owning a mobile phone for a teenager was for safety reasons according to the study. Finally, the thir most popular reason is so that teens are able to keep in touch with their friends, which again, probably incorporates texting as part of staying in contact with them. The study also shows that teen females are using cell phones more for texting than boys, and that boys are using more mobile internet data.

Friday, October 8, 2010

How a cell phone picture led to girl's suicide

October 07, 2010|By Randi Kaye, AC360° Correspondent

At age 13, Hope Witsell struggled in middle school. Not because her class work at Shields Middle School in Ruskin, Florida, was challenging, but because Hope was being bullied.

Her friend, Kyla Stich, told CNN that fellow students would "walk up to her and call her 'slut,' 'whore,' and they would sometimes, they would call her 'skank' and just be really cruel to her."

Another friend, Lexi Leber, said, "We had to make like a wall, we had people surrounding her, and she had to be in the middle because people would come by and try to hit her and push her into a locker or something.

"She was afraid to walk alone, she was afraid someone would do something to her, like verbally attack her, so she would always have someone with her," Leber added.

This all started in the spring of 2009 during the last week of school.

Friends and family say Hope had "sexted" a picture of her breasts to her boyfriend. Another girl from school, they say, got her hands on the photo and sent it to students at six different schools in the area.

Before Hope could do anything to stop it, that photo had gone viral.

The school alerted Hope's parents. Her mother, Donna Witsell, told CNN how she learned about the photo.

"The assistant principal had a meeting with my husband and I and pretty much told us that he did not see the image but that he had heard that it was Hope and when he confronted Hope, Hope did not deny it. She wasn't proud of it but she didn't lie," Hope's mother said.

Mrs. Witsell says she had warned her daughter about the dark side of technology, about "some of the pretty sexual images of young girls and guys."

She added, "Hope was very aware of that, of inappropriate dress and most definitely posing."

Still, because of that photo, Hope had become a target for 11-, 12-, and 13-year-old bullies.

But she didn't share her pain with her parents.

Even when bullies wrote horrible things about Hope on a MySpace page called the "Shields Middle School Burn Book" and started a "Hope Hater Page," the young girl kept silent.

Summer provided a bit of a break, but when the new school year began, the taunting was even worse.

On Saturday, September 12, 2009, Hope Witsell helped her father mow the lawn. They cooked a special seafood dinner together as a family. Then Hope disappeared to her room upstairs. Her parents stayed downstairs and watched TV.

Donna Witsell will never forget the moment she went to say goodnight to her daughter.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Send Text Messages for Free Using Txt2day

If your current mobile carrier doesn't offer unlimited text messaging or your phone is out of charge, there is an option available to you called txt2day.com. It is a free text message website that allows you to send 140 character text messages for free. You can even include your email address to get replies instead of having them sent to your phone.

Some of the service providers include: AT&T, Alltel, Cingular, Bell Canada, Boost (Boost Mobile), Nextel, Mobile One, Orange, Edge, Plus Poland, Movistar, Immix, Fido, GCI, Incandescent, Unicell, US Cellular, T Mobile, Virgin Mobile, Vodacom, SunCom and T Mobile UK. That is only a partial list. They are always adding new carrier that they offer service to so please check the website for more listings.

What happens if you don't know the name of the carrier that you are sending the text to? When that happens I usually just pick one of the names at the top of the list and send it. 99 times out of 100 it goes through just fine. At the bottom of the page there is a Cell Phone Provider Lookup. You can enter the area code and first three digits of the number and it will give you the name of the carrier. This is 100% accurate and something you will glean an answer that says "Most Likely Provider is...(name)"

There can be delivery delays but it is a free service. Some carriers deliver the message as an attachment, others as a photo and some unbiased deliver it as a standard text message. That isn't txt2day.com's issue, it is how the carrier chooses to deliver the message. For the most part I have never had any problems using the service but as I said, there can be times when it takes a few minutes for messages to be delivered to the cell phone.

Txt2day.com does not tolerate spam, they log your IP address and will turn it over to the proper authorities if you harass someone or send multiple unwanted text messages. They also offer you the ability to block your number from receiving messages from their service in case you are getting unwanted spam from someone. There are a lot of free text message services that you can use but some of them sell your number and the number you are texting to harvesters that send out text spam. I have never had that happen with txt2day.com and it is a service that I recommend to everyone that needs to send text messages.

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Astronomical Text Message Margins

According to a story in the Chicago Tribune, outgoing 160-character text messages on a cell phone typically costs users 20 cents, while it only costs carriers three-tenths of a cent to process. That's a 6,000% profit.

SMS (short message service) texts are limited to 160 characters because they, in effect, piggyback on a secondary data channel necessary to coordinate voice communications. Even if you're paying 10 cents per text, that's nothing to LOL about.

"Six hundred text messages contain less data than one minute of a phone call," testified Consumers Union policy analyst Joel Kelsey at a hearing before Congress. If text data rates applied, he said, a brief cell conversation would cost customers $120.


See full article from WalletPop: http://srph.it/cSvYOz

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Nearly half of teenagers involved in sexting

Cormac Mac Sweeney Sep 08, 2010 08:44:47 AM

Be the first to Comment 0 Recommendation(s) In the wake of a shocking alleged sexual assault involving two teens in a northeast schoolyard, some startling stats are being released on sexting.

On Monday, a 16-year-old boy and a 12-year-old girl were found in the yard of Clarence Sansom Junior High, allegedly involved in a sexual act.

They were both there with friends and, according to police, had just met a week earlier on Facebook.

A study from the United States finds that 40 per cent of teenagers are sending lewd messages or nude photos to each other.

One expert says it's increasingly becoming a problem and something needs to be done.

Executive Director of the Centre for Safe and Responsible Internet Use, Nancy Willard, tells The Calgary Sun, kids are oversexed through advertising and entertainment to the point that many think intercourse is normal for their age.

Willard says children are most at risk in middle school and that's when the peer pressure begins.

Teens and tweens always feel they're making good choices but their hormones don't allow them to make the right decisions.

The best way to battle this issue lies with the parents.

Willard says moms and dads need to monitor their children's Internet use. They should be using positive reinforcement and applauding them when they make safe Internet decisions but explaining what's wrong when they don't.

Monday, September 6, 2010

Straight Talk and Viaero

Straight Talk and Viaero are now added to our free texting site. Please verify it works for you and enjoy.

http://www.txt2day.com

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Large Opium Operation Found In British Columbia

A huge number of opium poppy plants have been discovered by police in British Columbia, in what authorities are calling the largest single catch of its kind in Canada.

The plants were found in Chilliwack, a city in a rural area 120 kilometers east of Vancouver.

Chilliwack RCMP drug unit was executing a search warrant on Monday when they discovered a field, seven-acres in size, with 60,000 opium poppies, police said in a statement.

Two men, who were tending the fields at the time of the search, were arrested. Police are recommending the men be charged with production of a controlled substance, and possession for the purpose of trafficking a controlled substance.

The men have been released pending a court date of December 14. Police say the two suspects are not the owners of the property, nor were they known to police.

The investigation into the drug operation and those responsible for it continues.

Although heroin, codeine and morphine can all be refined from the opium poppy, police believe these plants were being grown in order to produce doda - a fine powder often taken with tea or hot water that produces a quick high, followed by a sense of well-being.

According to the RCMP, the use of doda is a new trend in opium consumption that appears to be primarily localized within certain South Asian communities.

A local farmer has been contracted to destroy the poppies.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Twitter Buys Cloudhopper To Bolster Its SMS Service

By David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
April 24, 2010

Twitter Inc. said Friday it was buying a start-up to help it send an increasingly huge number of text messages around the world.

The social networking service is acquiring Seattle-based Cloudhopper, which manages computer systems that allow companies to send billions of text messages around the world, for an undisclosed amount.

Twitter says it has become one of the world's largest originators of so-called SMS messages, creating and sending more than 1 billion text messages every month.

"Twitter was inspired by SMS and we continue to embrace this simple but ubiquitous technology," wrote Kevin Thau, who manages mobile partnerships at Twitter, in a blog post.

Twitter began in 2006, largely to take advantage of the rise of SMS, or short message service — which allowed mobile phone users to send one another short messages of about 140 characters.

But amid rapid growth, Twitter has had problems with site outages and lackluster performance — often because it grew too fast for its underlying technology to handle so much traffic.

Twitter is hoping to ensure that with the Cloudhopper acquisition, its text-messaging ability can handle the weight put on it by tens of millions of new users scattered around the world.

"Cloudhopper will continue to work with us as we invest further in connecting with more carriers and making SMS tweets increasingly useful and innovative," wrote Twitter spokeswoman Carolyn Penner in an e-mail message.

david.sarno@latimes.com
Copyright © 2010, The Los Angeles Times

Monday, April 12, 2010

SMS Alerts in Gmail

from: Anonymous User

Email alert:
The moment you get an email you can get an alert on your mobile phone. This is how it works:

If you have a gmail ID (that’s what I use, hence am giving that example) go to “Setting” in top right corner. Then go to “Forwarding and POP/IMAP” then select “Forward a copy of incoming mail to” and put in your mobile email address…. example xxxxxxxxxx@txt.bell.ca (replace xs with your mobile number for Bell Canada). Now Save changes and enjoy!

Try sending an email to your gmail account through some other account, not through the same gmail account, and you will get an sms with brief details of the email. Have fun

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Business Telephone Call Tracking and Accounting

RSI Granted Mitel Certification for its Flagship Call Accounting Software

OSHAWA, ONTARIO - January 20, 2010: Resource Software International Ltd. (RSI), a leading developer of total unified communication management solutions including call accounting, unified presence console, hotel billing and ACD reporting announced today that its flagship application, Shadow CMS Enterprise, achieved Mitel®-Compatible Test (MCT) Certification for Mitel Communications Director (MCD).

SHADOW CMS Enterprise is a scalable robust call accounting software package that consolidates communication usage data to assist managers in monitoring,
controlling and migrating infrastructure. Shadow CMS helps businesses curb misuse, reconcile telecom expenses, highlight detrimental quality of service,
discover system hacks, migrate legacy equipment and manage the health of their communication networks.

“RSI has worked very hard in tandem with Mitel to ensure and verify compliance of our enterprise grade call accounting with the latest Mitel MCD,” said Rito Salomone, President of RSI. “Shadow CMS Enterprise is a unique solution that can be deployed in any environment including small office, hospitality and large enterprise. We are excited to offer our mutual customers a solution that will watchdog their communication ecosystem.”

"Building and maintaining the right technology relationships to deliver customers high value integrated solutions is a critical component of success in the current business communications marketplace," said David Lowenstein, Director of Business Development for MSA. "Mitel continues to work with best-of-breed companies to deliver complete solutions that address the specific business challenges of our customers."

About Resource Software International Ltd. (RSI)

Founded in 1990, RSI is a developer and manufacturer of a broad range of total communication management solutions including call accounting, hotel billing, CRM integration, mobile tracking, presence console, managed services and multi-vendor management. RSI is focused on providing customers products, training and resources that manage, control and reduce the expense of their communication ecosystem. As a proud Mitel Solutions Alliance (MSA) Member, RSI is focused on providing Mitel customers training and resources that offer insight about the health of their communication facilities. RSI has distributors in North America, Europe, Asia, Caribbean and Middle East.

For more information, visit www.telecost.com.

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Media Contact:
Rana Banik, Director of Sales
Resource Software International Ltd. (RSI)
40 King Street West, Suite 300,

Friday, February 19, 2010

Latest cool commercial about texting using www.txt2way.com (our sister site)

Want to Chat to Yourself Online?

Chat to our lonely robot that is always willing to talk. Check it out here: www.uchat2me.com

Stardoll Detective Site

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Here is a site to find the latest news, information and free stuff!

http://detectivestardoll.blogspot.com

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Txt2day creates new SMS Portal for Sending and Receiving Text Messages!

We heard your requests and we have now made it happen!

Txt2day has acquired TextAway.com and rebranded it Txt2way.com. Check it out:
http://www.txt2way.com

Read about the history of www.txt2way.com (formerly www.textaway.com)

In a quest to bring web users an all-inclusive site for text messaging, we would like to introduce TextAway.com. Our goal is to offer users a no-hassle approach in text messaging friends, family and work colleagues. Users can message instantly by visiting our website. There is no need for you to know what mobile phone provider the recipients use; our system takes care of that for you. All you have to do is type in the 10 digit mobile number(s) and your friends and family will receive the message within seconds. The sender can choose to have replies routed back to their mobile phone, email, or TextAway Inbox (for registered users). It is totally free and convenient to use! Give your thumbs a break from messaging on your mobile phone and visit our site for a seamless messaging experience.TextAway.com offers more innovative features if you wish to register. Once again, registering with the site is 100% free.The goal of TextAway.com is to offer a bundle of mobile messaging functions that is unmatched by other websites. We offer our users a quick and easy approach to stay in touch with the people they care about. Give your thumbs a break, text with ease and text for free at TextAway.com!

Why it might be a killer

This site has some innovative features that other SMS portals don"t offer. Unlike the SMS portals of the major mobile providers, you can receive replies to your messages in a number of ways. I also don"t need to know if the person I"m texting has Verizon or Cingular which is nice to be able to text everyone from one site.


Read more: http://www.killerstartups.com/Mobile/textaway-com-text-friends-for-free#ixzz0fpTc8fOa

Friday, January 29, 2010

CREDO and TELCEL

If you are on CREDO, try using it here. We have heard it works. let us know.

TelCel Mexico has been revised in our Betazone. You need to add a 52 prefix to your 10 digit Mexico number.

Try them out.
Txt2day

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

DOT bars commercial drivers from texting at wheel

Jan 26, 12:23 PM (ET)
By JOAN LOWY

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Transportation Department said Tuesday it is prohibiting truck and bus drivers from sending text messages on hand-held devices while operating commercial vehicles.

The prohibition, which applies to drivers of interstate buses and trucks over 10,000 pounds, is effective immediately, the department said in a statement. Truck and bus drivers who text while driving commercial vehicles may be subject to civil or criminal penalties of up to $2,750, the department said.

Nineteen states and the District of Columbia already prohibit all drivers from texting behind the wheel, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Another 10 states restrict texting by novice drivers.

Trucking and bus industry officials said they support the texting ban.


"A lot of our members already have policies in place. It's just safe and smart," said American Bus Association President Pete Pantuso.

The prohibition doesn't apply to onboard devices that allow dispatchers to send text messages to truck drivers, but most of those devices have mechanisms that prevent their use while a truck is in motion, said Clayton Boyce, a spokesman for the American Trucking Association.

The trade association for the wireless industry, CTIA, also supports a ban on texting and e-mailing while driving, said Amy Storey, a spokeswoman for the association.

"While mobile devices are important safety tools, there's an appropriate time and an inappropriate time to use them," Storey said.

Research by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows that drivers who send and receive text messages take their eyes off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds out of every 6 seconds while texting, the department said. At 55 miles per hour, this means that the driver is traveling the length of a football field, including the end zones, without looking at the road, the department said.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has been campaigning against texting and cell phone use while driving. President Barack Obama signed an executive order directing federal employees not to engage in text messaging while driving government-owned vehicles or with government-owned equipment. Federal employees were required to comply with the ban starting on Dec. 30, 2009.

LaHood said enforcing restrictions on texting and cell phone use by drivers will be difficult. He urged the wireless industry to work with public officials to come up with a solution.

Everyone knows texting or talking on the phone while driving is dangerous, LaHood told reporters, but people do it anyway.

The Transportation Department and safety advocates have also joined forces to create FocusDriven, an organization to campaign against cell phone use or texting on handheld computers while driving. The organization will be modeled after Mothers Against Drunk Drivers, which has successfully lobbied for tougher drunk-driving laws.

Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer of New York and Robert Menendez of New Jersey have introduced legislation to prod states to pass laws banning texting by all drivers. The bill would reduce federal highway aid by 25 percent to states that don't enact bans.

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On the Net:

Transportation Department: http://www.distraction.gov

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Prime Humor Arrives at Txt2day

Prime Humor a new sponsor at txt2day promises to be the "prime source of humor on the internet."

Check out the site: www.primehumor.com