I love how everybody shits on SMS but is, essentially, a protocol that works everywhere and is completely device independent and cross platform. Give me SMS over yet another centralized app I have to download, again.
Privacy is something we value more nowadays which gives a bad rep for the SMS. It however is perfect at what is was designed to do. I am yet to see some digital messaging service that is more reliable than SMS.
@murtezayesil indeed! You hit the nail on the head. I was thinking about it because I had tons of people asking me if I could create a WhatsApp so we could send text messages to each other. Maybe I am out of touch, but that seemed ridiculous to me when we already have a decentralized network of communication that is also cross platform
@weirdwriter the kicker is that SMS is not encrypted by default.
Give a means for two arbitrary nodes to handshake and confirm they’ve got the same keys, and then run every SMS through that key pair. E2EE over a cheap and simple decentralized network.
The other question of it being connectivity… I can always find WiFi. Even if I don’t have a cell signal. So if WA uses data/WiFi and not GSM.. guess which seems more “reliable” when you’re traveling beyond your normal reception areas?
@weirdwriter @musicmatze @murtezayesil Looking at my most recent SMS messages, I go over 160 characters pretty often. Ballpark 70% of the time, and that's when I'm talking to people where the "style" is to send multiple shorter messages. I definitely recall the character limit being a pain back in the day when each individual message cost money.
But I don't want to argue against SMS's effectiveness at what it does, just wanted to mention how it is (quite cleverly) implemented using the free space in another system
Well, at least in my experience, SMS gets prohibitively expensive when it comes to regular contact with people abroad. It's cheaper to concede to a Whatsapp and a WeChat and a Skype and a...
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