SMS for Burmese mobile phones

SMS for Burmese mobile phones - The Irrawaddy, October 10, 2005
GSM mobile phone users in Burma will now be allowed to use SMS, or Short Message Service, for the first time. According to reports from Rangoon, the Ministry of Communications, Posts and Telegraphs has confirmed to users that SMS would be available starting on October 2. Messages must be sent in English at a cost of 25 kyat (US 2 cents). All messages will be censored, and any text deemed "seditious" will be flagged. Analog cellular service was launched in Rangoon in 1993, and the GSM system went online in 2002. It is estimated that there are less than 200,000 cell phones in use in the country, with most used by the military and Burma's politically connected business elite. The official price of a GSM phone is 1 million kyat (about $1,100), but on the black market such phones sell for more than $2,000.
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