i shall sms them
“Oh, you can send SMSes to Americans, no problem!”, the phone help desk person assured me. I was trying to change my phone plan so I wouldn’t have to pay 3 kroner a minute on top of the dollar a minute style prices they’ll be charging me when I’m over there. I’m bound though, can’t change my plan for the next 16 months, oh dear. “Well, at least I can send SMSes back to my friends at home”, I said. SMSes are only a kroner each, even in the States from a Norwegian phone, what’s that, 15 cents, same as at home, see. “Oh, you can send SMSes to Americans, no problem!”, he said. “But Americans don’t do SMS” I replied, sceptically. I’ve read Smart Mobs. I know how weird exotic outlandish they think thumbing is. His comeback was almost instant, though, “Oh but they can, their phones are set up for it, their networks are set up for it, it’s just a cultural thing, that’s all, just cultural, cultural, cultural, cultural….”
I’m going to America tomorrow and I shall SMS people. Their phones will beep. They will have no idea what to do. “Message received: read yes/no” their screens will say. Baffled they’ll three hours later send me an all-caps msg in return, just as our parents did four years ago: HI STOP WHO ARE YOU STOP.
Is it true though? That SMSes are technologically easy but culturally just not happening? Or are SMSes there and the lag is just in our knowing about them being there? I suppose I’ll find out soon enough.