Why Text1066 was developed

December 13, 2008

So what’s the thinking behind Text1066.co.uk?

Text1066 is a new SMS on demand service for Hastings, East Sussex. The service allows Hastings Mobile owners to get various info delivered straight to their phone by texting keywords to 01424 401066. Information can range from Tide Times, Cinema Times, Jokes, Quotes, Chat up Lines, Taxi Numbers, Pizza delivery companies etc.

The main thinking behind this was for me (chief software architect of FAB) to get the latest Tide Times on demand whilst out & away from the PC. Not wanting to get stranded by the Tide when walking on the beach between Hastings and Fairlight, I wanted to know whether the Tide was coming in or going out and how much was available before hide tide.

Following on from this I thought if I was down the Pub and Single what information would I need, this is when the Chat Up line keyword was added and then the Saucy Chat Up line to really make the girls laugh. Oh to be young and free again. But hang on once the Chat Up line has worked and you’ve been dating for a while then how about whispering a sweet nothing into the ear of your lover. Now this keyword is one of my favourites, a really romantic slushy saying to use on your lover. Lets face us guys don’t have a way with words but so what, Text LOVE to 01424 401066 and have just the right words to say at just the right moment.

Each keyword tended to lead onto the next with Jokes following, then Deep thoughts and then continuing with the Pub theme how about some choice Insults for your mates.

The content on Text1066 is growing at a good rate and we are adding new keywords and more jokes, quotes etc all the time. So if you are after some Funny SMS, Love SMS or SMS Jokes take a look at this new service from FAB Enterprises.


SMS On Demand

December 5, 2008

Well, we are pleased to announce the Technology Preview of a brand new SMS On Demand service, which we are calling Text1066.

So what’s it all about? In a nutshell Text1066 is a Local information service that uses SMS Text Messaging. The service is available for Hastings, East Sussex but it is hoped that we will provide local information services for many different areas in the future. It works by sending a SMS Text Message containing a predefined keyword to 01424 401066 and getting your required information back. The sorts of information available includes/will include Local Tide times, Taxi numbers, Library opening times, Cinema listings, What’s on etc.

In addition we have added some funny SMS keywords, like SMS Jokes, Yo Mama Jokes, Funny Wisdom quotes, Alternative Confucius sayings and choice insults to use on your best mates. We also put some Wise, Spiritual and Psychic options on there as well, so you can request a quote from the analects of Confucius, a passage from the Bible (book of proverbs) or even receive a mobile fortune cookie. One of the fun keywords on the system is the Crystal Ball, if you are deliberating over a tough decision then, hold your mobile very closely and think of the question; send a Text Message with the keyword Crystal Ball to 01424 401066 and get the answer straight back.

The Technology Preview of Text1066 is a work in progress but fully operational and can be used while we add additional keywords and content to the service.

For more information take a look at the summary page of our new SMS on Demand Service on our main website which has a list of current keywords and a brief on how it works.

Look out for our next blog post where we go behind the reasons of why we’ve developed this system.