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SMSku

Free SMS's if you write as a Haiku
 
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As you wrote your txt, you would prefix it with 'SMSku' so the mobile phone Company knew you were attempting a Haiku, which would be checked by a computer and sent for free if you had the correct number of syllables. This would have the dual benefits that the provider could generate a lot of advertising, and the nearly illiterate txt users would have an incentive to think more about their words and SMS constructions. You could have competitions for the best messages and 'SMS readings' and it might even find the next poet laureate...
cFish, Nov 22 2003

Haiku Messaging http://www.wired.co...,1294,54645,00.html
...as an anti-spam measure. I know they sued someone - whatever happened to this? [DrCurry, Oct 05 2004]

They won... http://www.habeas.c...essPR.html#victory1
Follow up to [DrCurry]'s Link, from Habeas website [cFish, Oct 05 2004]

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       Texting poetry,
Making me smile. Happy.
It would be g8.
silverstormer, Nov 22 2003
  

       __________________   

       This message is free   

       Because I wrote in Haiku   

       I will be home late   

       __________________
not_only_but_also, Nov 23 2003
  

      


I liked the haiku
  

       By not only but also   

       I would like a phone.
bungston, Nov 24 2003
  

       SMS text scrolls
minus rambling syllables
read, respond answer
thumbwax, Nov 24 2003
  

       This could be good news for spammers!   

       Customer beware -
I can nag you without cost!
Inbox full of lies
dobtabulous, Nov 24 2003
  

       I built a website
Pre-fab kus for all uses
Now all send notes free
  

       a new idea
about haikus, croissanted
WTAGIPBAN
krelnik, Nov 24 2003
  

       But handy for when
you want him to pick up milk
on the way back home.
lintkeeper2, Nov 24 2003
  

       Anyone got any reasons why it couldn't work though? Or any examples of automatic haiku validation..
cFish, Nov 26 2003
  
      
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