More Landline SMS

It’s certainly not the first to do this, but Telstra is the latest in a group of wireline carriers to offer SMS for landlines — and the idea still doesn’t make much sense. SMS to landlines doesn’t fit with the purpose of SMS, for the most part. Looking beyond the fact that most people who would use SMS already have mobile phones, the lack of mobility makes SMS much less appealing. Part of the reason SMS works is because you can reach people wherever they are. Also, landline phones are much more likely to be shared among multiple users — which tends to make SMS less usable.

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