Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Paid for messaging from MS MSN Messenger

Filed under
Microsoft

The latest deal between Microsoft and Vodafone brought forward a new but disturbing fact. Microsoft has started charging its Messenger subscribers to send IM messages to mobile phones in nine different countries. This might lead to migration of current MSN Messenger users to other Instant Messaging services for their SMS needs considering the competition is bad.

British subscribers are being charged £2.99 for 25 messages, £4.99 for 50 messages and £13.99 for 150 messages. There is an additional condition, which says that only some US based networks can receive such messages. Perhaps, Microsoft noticed that the mobile companies charge for every SMS sent to the other user and they should also follow the same route.

Smartphones and PDAs already come with messaging solutions which let users connect to the popular networks like MSN Messenger and Yahoo! Messenger. However, paying to send sms from messenger to mobile is something new and would not be favorable with a lot of net users. Worse part of the news is that Microsoft is making it compulsory for users to upgrade to MSN Messenger 7 to make use of this new functionality.

They also seem to have removed option for voice chatting which the market analysts believe reappear in a paid version quite soon. Even Yahoo! Messenger seems to have made that option converted to something called Call leading to rumors of making it a paid option in the future. Skype should come handy in that case.

Source.

More in Tux Machines

Raspberry Pi: New NOOBS and Raspbian releases

The Release Notes are available, and don't indicate that there are very large changes in this release, just some nice incremental updates, bug fixes, and general cleanup. There may be some interesting internal changes; we'll have to wait for the official announcement to hear about that. Read more

Tunir 0.13 is released and one year of development

I have started Tunir on Jan 12 2015, means it got more than one year of development history. At the beginning it was just a project to help me out with Fedora Cloud image testing. But it grew to a point where it is being used as the Autocloud backend to test Fedora Cloud, and Vagrant images. We will soon start testing the Fedora AMI(s) too using the same. Within this one year, there were total 7 contributors to the project. In total we are around 1k lines of Python code. I am personally using Tunir for various other projects too. One funny thing from the code commits timings, no commit on Sundays :) Read more

Andy Rubin Unleashed Android on the World. Now Watch Him Do the Same With AI

Now that Rubin had shepherded smartphones from concept to phenomenon, they no longer held much interest. As an engineering problem, they had been solved. Sure, entrepreneurs kept launching new apps, but for someone who considered engineering an art, that was like adding a few brushstrokes atop layers of dried paint. Rubin wanted to touch canvas again—and he could see a fresh one unfurling in front of him. Read more

Building a culture of more pluggable open source

If there is one word that often percolates conversations hailing the benefits of open source, it is choice. We often celebrate many of the 800+ Linux distributions, the countless desktops, applications, frameworks, and more. Choice, it would seem, is a good thing. Interestingly, choice is also an emotive thing. Read more