SMS Bustracker works with “Obama Phone”
My Android smartphone suffered a breakdown last week. New parts should arrive soon. But in the meantime, I was at a loss without my favorite Android app jata. I use it to get bus arrival times with the local WRTA Bustracker. Bustracker has a text message interface, and I thought I would try that with the backup TracFone (Safelink Obamaphone). That didn’t work. The TracFone Terms and Conditions states that “TracFone does not generally participate in Premium SMS services or campaigns.” The Bustracker SMS number is 41411, a shortcode for Textmarks, and I guess Textmarks is a premium service. Then, I remembered Tropo, a gateway for voice and SMS. It offers a free developer account and phone number, and now I had a motivation to work with it.
- There could be a whole other discussion about giving away the razors (phones) to sell the blades (20 ¢ / min airtime), but I’ll leave that for another day.↩