Works for me, nice find. Here's a couple of pages that list the emails. My at&t phone is still using the cingular domain. Sent from my gmail account to my phone. Very cool.
Who is paying for the texts? Are you charged to receive them? This says it's free
A few years ago I worked with for a company that developed a service with Vodafone in the UK on a reverse billing text chat service that made the company (and Vodafone) a small fortune. We paid about 4p a text and charged a lot more depending gong the service.
If you're interested in using SMS reliably you need a contract and a gateway,. For us back then it worked like this (in the UK). We advertised a short code like 8008 and a key word like 'chat' so the ad would run saying text 'chat' to 8008. The text went to Vodafone and they http posted it to us via their gateway. We stored the number in our database and used either a human operator or robot to reply (again depending on the service) using http to send to the gateway. The user would reply to the text directly and the gateway would again send through to us with their message. We wrote an interface that organized the messages for reply. It was quite a laugh as no-one had a service like that back then (around 2000) but when they also wanted an adult service the message logs became very very scary. I thought I could sue for emotional damage after a few of them.
They charged about one pound fifty a text and here's how 90% of adult the conversations went.
Welcome, send you message to start chatting.
Hi whats your name?
Sally how are things with you?(1.50)
Not bad, are you feeling horny?
you bet, how about you?(1.50)
Great, what do you look like?
Blond, Petite, big boobs (1.50)
Do you take it up the arse?
You're a bit forward aren't you, is that what you like?(1.50)
That's why we wrote the robot. almost every one did the same thing and asked that same question so we though why pay a team of people when we can bot it. It didn't affect the monthly revenue at all.
We had one woman call in irate that we had show up on her bill. My boss was a very cool guy and tried to clam her down while we looked into the message logs. The call went like this
Rant... tirade.. how dare you...refund ....lawsuit etc
We don't know how it could happen it's a subscription service.
rant ... fume...
Does anyone have access you your phone
no, husband has his own ... seethe .... scream
(we check logs)
(He puts her on speaker for the whole office.)
Is your husbands name David?
Because we have these messages ('my name Davids... messages descend into filth)
....silence.....OK thank you, goodbye.
Dam if that wasn't the funniest day in a very fun place to work!