Apr 18, 2012

Telus texting versus Jabber

Sending pictures via texting doesn't work on the Telus network. Telus allows you to send a text to an email address, but it doesn't allow you to received a picture text.  We narrowed it down to it being a problem with their servers. Is Telus's walled garden approach giving them more revenue? I always recommend that people use the gtalk instant messaging program on their androids instead of texting someone's number.  There are two main reasons for this:

  1. When your out of country you can still instant message without incurring cell phone bills.
  2. Once you know someone's jabber address you can always video conference. 
Jabber is an Open Standard just like POP3 is and it has taken Telus about 10 years to join.  I am thinking it will take Telus another 5 years to join the Jabber Federation. Open standards are the key to communication.