At long last, Island Tel has turned on the SMS features — short message service — for digital cell phones on their network. In traditional Island Tel fashion, they couldn’t just call it SMS like the rest of the world, the had to have the marketing department come up with a catchy name, so we have CH@T with Two-Way Text Messaging.
Goofy name aside, it’s pretty cool: from a digital cell phone you can send short text messages to anyone else with a digital cell phone, and that anyone can have a phone on the Aliant, Microcell, Rogers AT&T, Telus, or Bell Mobility networks.
This means, for example, that I can SMS my brother Johnny in Vancouver for the standard 10 cents per message. Cool.
Messages to SMS-enabled phones can also be sent from any PC email client (to the unfortunately complex address style firstname.lastname@example.org, where ‘number’ is the 10-digit cell phone number of the recipient), or from the Aliant web-SMS gateway.
It’s a long time coming, but it looks like they’ve done it right.