Saturday, September 25, 2010

@Channel - Free SMS Channel Service

As soon as TxtWeb announced that they will support PUSH, I got this idea. But I thought that this time I should do it, the way it should be done. So here it is:

What is it?
It is like mailing lists. You create a channel, people subscribe to it. You send updates/notifications/reminders and all the subscribers, they get them as SMS for free. It's unidirectional communication at the moment, but give me a free, calm weekend I will make it a conversation tool.

How do you use it?
  1. You create a channel by registering on the page.
  2. You then publicize the channel and ask people to send
    @channel subscribe YourChannelName to +91 92433 42000
  3. You send a message to all the subscribers from the site (or automate it using the API provided already).
Where can you use it?
  1. Department Placements: DPNs can create channels where junta can receive reminders about the PPTs, talks and workshops
  2. Clubs: Tell people to come to the meeting, participate in an event or send them results of the last.
  3. Hostels: Wing channels, create one and notify when there is a new chick in the wing. Who would not want to increase the volume of music when there are 'guests' around! ;)
  4. Blog/Website Owners: Create a channel for your readers, notify them about the updates of your blog.
  5. Daily Services: Create services like Daily News, Daily Jokes, Daily questions, Daily Vocab Building exercises and more! All you need to do is create a CRON job and use the developer API.
  6. And the list can go on and on and on!
What's coming?
  • Search option for public channels
  • 2-way communication
  • Better statistics for the channel owners!
  • Or anything else you want, just leave a comment!


  1. Hey Mayank, great app! Can I search for existing channels/groups from my phone or in the website? Is there some sort of directory or search function?

    Also, how do you see this service compare to something like SMSGupShup?


  2. You have provided an nice article, Thank you very much for this one. And i hope this will be useful for many people.. and i am waiting for your next post keep on updating these kinds of knowledgeable things...
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