You may recall my post from September 12th about Microsoft Smartphones potentially becoming platforms for SMS spam? Well, nothing has happened here just yet, but a little news item (Co-branded version of MobiSMS) posted at Computing Unplugged did make me a little worried about the future of SMS as a useful tool.
Why? Well, let me just post a few quotes from the news item on MobiSMS, a mass SMS sending tool, geared for Outlook:
"MobiMarketing have taken the award winning MobiSMS for Outlook and unplugged many of the core component parts. “It’s just a question of ticking the box, and we will brand the product with your logo, connect the application to your preferred SMS gateway and provide a set of business processes to start making money from SMS messaging”, said Alistair Campion, General Manager of MobiMarketing."
I start worrying when I see "MobiSMS for Outlook", "just tick a box" and "start making money from SMS" in the same paragraph. These days I regularly get 90-100 emails daily and maybe 5-10 are legit emails -- all because of spammers. Can you imagine spammers getting hold of a mass SMS sending tool like this? Yikes!
I'll just leave you with this quote from the article:
"As a plug-in component for Microsoft Outlook and Outlook Express, MobiSMS makes the sending of an SMS as easy as sending an e-mail."
Lookout SMS users. Here it comes.