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Monday, 01 January 2007


Roy Blumenthal

Heya Clive...

Happy New Year to you!

I have to admit to being guilty of the bulk sms thing.

I recently terminated my old Vodacom number, which was ten years old, and which hundreds of people still have.

I basically decided that to reach the 400 or so people on my phone, and to be certain I didn't leave anyone out, I would HAVE TO resort to the bulk sms.

I'm pretty transparent about such things, so at least the person receiving it doesn't think I'm trying to disguise the fact.

So it said something like, 'Roy Blumenthal here with my new number. Please save it, as the old one is now ex.' And so on.

The first time I tried to send the number change, I tried sending it to my entire phone book at once. But the phone couldn't cope, and crashed some of the way through. I'm told by some of the recipients that they got the message around six times! Ouch!!!! I suspect I paid for all repeats.

So I had to resort to being ultra-disciplined about things and redoing the entire send one letter of the alphabet at a time.

Even with the best will in the world, I would have struggled to do that one WITHOUT the bulk sms feature. Cos one slight straying of concentration, and someone definitely would have been left off the list.

Just for the record... Roy Blumenthal' OLD number WAS 082 659 3165. My NEW number IS 074 104 6386.

But you know that already. I'm just thinking that maybe it's a good idea to have the old number and the new number in the same place so that search engines can give people a clue where to get hold of me. Hehehehe.

Happy New Year, again!

Blue skies

Clive Simpkins

Roy, bra'- that 'new number' dissemination would fall into the absolutely permitted category, in moi opinion - in fact I received it. It's the pseudo-personalised festive wishes that get my goat!

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