समस्त नेपालीको महान चाड दशै को सुखद उपलक्ष्यमा रङीनचरा परिवारका सबै सदस्य लगायात नेपाल र नेपाली दुवैको भलो चिताउने सम्पूर्ण जनसमुदाय समक्ष्य रङीनचराको तर्फबाट हार्दिक मंगलमय शुभकामना ।
I have been posting a lot about FreeSMS lately. In fact, we have been working a lot on it! This one should be a good news for many of you who did not like the phone-registration process. Starting from today, users signing in to Rangeen Chara using Facebook connect can send SMS without registering their phone number with us. The driving factor behind this step is our decision to accept Facebook Id as a proof of identity. We will be sending Facebook Id along with the SMS message so that recipients can figure out the sender of the message if they desire. Users who have an account with us can still use their Facebook account information to log in and send SMS without registering the phone number. Members without Facebook account still need to register their phone number to be able to send SMS.
The number of registered users crossed 400 today. There are many users new to FreeSMS and here is a short introduction to FreeSMS for them:
- FreeSMS is a service using which you can send SMS to Nepal for free. You can send SMS to both Nepal Telecom (NTC) and Mero Mobile.
- New users can send up to 5 SMS each day during the first month.
- After one month, members can send 2 SMS each day.
- At any time, members can upgrade to Premium account and send up to 10 SMS per day.
- Premium Account holders can send longer messages compared to basic members.
- Facebook users can use their account information and start sending SMS to Nepal for free without registration.
- Members who do not have Facebook account need to create an account with us and verify their phone number to be able to send SMS.
We are thankful to our members for loving FreeSMS and for providing valuable feedback!
When we started FreeSMS service, we knew that people would like the service but we were not very sure how much. In the short time since we started FreeSMS, we received very good response from members and we decided to improve FreeSMS as a service for the long-run.
There were two major issues with FreeSMS : i. Ensuring proper use of the service so that people could not use it for sending unsolicited messages and ii. Finding ways to generate fund to cover operational cost. We have come-up with ways to do both.
To ensure responsible use of FreeSMS, we now require members to verify their cell-phone before using FreeSMS. If people do not have a cell-phone but just landlines, we can verify that too. If there are students without access to phone (I was one of them for few months!), they can send e-mails from their .edu domain and we can verify them. The bottom-line is we need to have some verifiable information about you; we want to make it easy for the good-guys and difficult for the bad guys.
There is some innovation in our solution to the second problem, raising money to run FreeSMS. Many of you requested higher daily SMS quota and longer message length. We were looking for ways to do so without making you pay for it. As the saying goes, necessity is the mother of invention, we found a way. If you want a higher SMS quota and longer messages, participate in an advertisement program for free and the advertiser will pay us to cover part of the cost. Something is always better than nothing!
Some chapters from the advanced statistics classes that we took in college also suggested that the basic account daily quota needed to be reduced as that would encourage more people to go for premium account and also reduce cost for those who (for some stupid reason) won’t upgrade to premium account for free.
This new release of FreeSMS appeared to be necessary step to ensure sustainability of FreeSMS and we took pain in building the methods to verify your cell-phones and to provide you ways to get bigger SMS quota. If you think we are mistaken, please correct us and let us know what else we could have done. If you think we are right, we are happy that we were able to serve you!