SMS Ping utility makes the news

Mr. FoRK
Fri, 30 Nov 2001 22:21:54 -0800

I find this very humorous.

Gate5, a 2-year-old company that develops location-based services, placed on
its website an application that deciphered whether mobile phones were
switched on or off without informing the subscribers who were being

"There were some demos for customers which showed some of the possibilities
of our gateway software," said Gate5 spokesman Felix Wiedler. "Nobody knew
about this demo, but then everyone starting talking about this SMS (short
messaging service) 'Ping' function. It's a function in the SMS standard that
can be done if you know how.

"It's just something that apparently not anyone was aware of."