Each week we will be bringing you a featured site that will make your mobile life easier, without costing you a fortune, or anything at all! Our first featured site we bring to you is Pingie. In the wireless business, purchasing text message bundles is much more prevalent than purchasing Internet for your mobile device. That is, a larger number of wireless customers send SMS messages than the number of customers that use wireless Internet. Do you really need to have Internet and data access to view updates from your favorite news sites or blogs? Until today, that has been the industry standard; an internet based RSS feed on your phone. Our friends over at Pingie decided to move the industry forward by providing users with the ability to receive their favorite RSS feeds via SMS messages on their mobile device.
Want to give it a spin? First, make sure you have an Text Message package on your plan or you will be charged per-message. Second, head on over to Pingie.com and you will see the box below. You can then enter your information, and Pingie will provide you with options on how to receive updates, from AIM, E-mail, or SMS message on your phone.
The official explanation of what exactly Pingie does:
Why should you have to log into a website or rely on an RSS reader to find out what’s happening? Pingie will automatically alert you via text, email and/or IM virtually instantly when a website updates.
We also go one step further by making your favorite websites information easy to access by creating a specialized text only link that is viewable on virtually any mobile device. Perfect for people with limited Internet access, but still want to be in the know!
We have been using Pingie to stay on top of development in the wireless industry, and so far it has worked great! There is under a 5 minute period between an RSS feed being updated, and receiving the SMS message (e-mails are nearly instant). Sound off in the comments and let us know what you think of Pingie!