Unicode texting

If you want to send a non-Latin script text message to a mobile phone, do it via the web. The South African firm SMSWarehouse is tryng to extend market share by offering a Unicode-based texting service on its web site. You log in, select a virtual keyboard for the script of your choice (Arabic, Greek, Russian, Chinese etc), and tap out your message. It displays the other end on a script-compatible mobile phone. This enabling loop via the web is a clever wheeze, but you’d expect most texters would want to operate straight from a mobile phone themselves.

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Andrew Joscelyne
European, a language technology industry watcher since Electric Word was first published, sometime journalist, consultant, market analyst and animateur of projects. Interested in technologies for augmenting human intellectual endeavour, multilingual méssage, the history of language machines, the future of translation, and the life of the digital mindset.

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