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Amazon TextBuyIt, which launched late Tuesday, lets people text the name of a product, its description or its UPC or ISBN to 262966 (that's "Amazon" on the keypad) from anywhere their cell phones work — including from inside physical stores.
Amazon Adds Text Message Shopping: TextBuyIt [news.yahoo.com]
I could see the benefit of integrating it with Amazon's online shop. Even to the point where Amazon could integrate the "TextBuyIt" links into their pages while you are browsing from a mobile phone device, etc.
New TextBuyIt customers will be prompted to enter the e-mail address associated with their existing Amazon account plus a shipping zip code. The service then calls them and walks through the checkout process using an automated voice system. Shoppers get confirmation by text message and e-mail.
I would assume if they can record voice signals they can as well record text messages then using a computer decode the text to numbers
Account information passwords everthing can be exposed through the use of this activity.
[edited by: lorax at 11:08 pm (utc) on April 2, 2008]
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It would be nice if they supported a 'one click' checkout, where you can choose to use one of your one click address/card combinations only. This would be faster, easier, and limit fraud since items could only be sent to you.
I recall looking for a new bestseller for a Christmas present in the city-center bookstores - they were all out of stock. Two text messages and it arrived on my doorstep the next day, at a lower price.
So yes - I think this is a great service and would use it through Amazon.
I always thought one day it would come to the point where the internet would drive shops to charge for walking in the door and seeing and touching "real life goods".
Or will the shops selling books and cheap electronics just go out of business?
[edited by: SlyOldDog at 4:39 pm (utc) on April 4, 2008]