Comparatively, the US space agency, NASA pays approximately £61.50 per MB to receive data from the Hubble Space Telescope, a sophisticated 11-ton machine located 600km from Earth. This amount includes all personnel, operational, data transmission and data processing costs for the Hubble program and equates to UK mobile users paying 12.3 times more byte for byte than NASA pays to capture and process images of outer space.
Vyke Communications has launched a programme that is compatible with all recent Java enabled handsets. It offers UK mobile users the opportunity to drastically reduce the exorbitant charges they are currently paying by using its smart message routing technology. This allows Vyke Pro users to send free text messages to other Vyke Pro users around the world, or to send normal text messages to non Vyke Pro users for as little as 1p per message. Vyke Pro is also able to remotely start-up the recipient’s Vyke Pro software and deliver messages instantaneously. This "wake up" technology replicates the always-on-time delivery of messages that has been a key part of the popularity of SMS.
Jan Christian Berger, EVP of Global Sales for Vyke AS said, "Everyone thinks that SMS is a cheap way to communicate at a typical cost of 12p per message. However, character by character, SMS is one of the most expensive ways in the world to move information. Vyke Pro finally frees users from the stranglehold that the mobile operators have had on mobile messaging. Why should users continue to pay exorbitant rates for text messaging and international calls?"