Ericsson First To Deploy Wireless Village Solution

Ericsson, Nokia and Motorola got together to form the Wireless Village consortium to create an instant messaging standard that works across platforms. Today Ericsson announced that are the first vendor to deploy such a solution. The advantage of instant messaging over SMS is that IM includes presence information. That might be one of the reasons that SMS is taking off slowly in the US. Users are hooked on IM and don’t see any additional value in SMS. I hope carriers move towards combining IM and SMS and just make it one thing, but I’m not holding my breath. The linked article suggests that US carriers are waiting for MMS to peak users’ interests in phone based messaging. If US carriers really believe that, they aren’t going to make any money from data. They simply have to do a better job marketing these services.

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