TextBuyIt: Shop on Amazon With Text Messaging

Text messaging is already one of the most popular applications in the mobile world today, and now Amazon is using it to bring consumers into a whole other world.

Just last Tuesday Amazon launched their TextBuyIt service, which allows customers to make purchases via text message.

Many people were reluctant about this announcement at first, some even thinking it was a prank, but it is the real deal. You can text keywords, UPC or ISBN codes and receive response messages informing you of matches found in the store.

In three simple steps you can browse, buy, and confirm your order, and have the selected items delivered right to your doorstep.


It is not complicated at all and there is only a very short list of commands that you can use:

• x – buy item x
• xd – item x details
• m – more results
• h – help

There are lots of favorable features offered by this service and more than anything it is ideal for comparison shopping, which was the main goal of Amazon in the first place.

Regardless, it is definitely a service worth checking out.

Author: Stasys Bielinis

While I like to play with the latest gadgets, I am even more interested in broad technology trends. With mobile now taking over the world - following the latest technology news, looking for insights, sharing and discussing them with passionate audience - it's hard to imagine a better place for me to be. You can find me on Twitter as @UVStaska'

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