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article imageBuy Stuff On Amazon With An SMS with TextBuyIt Service

By Chris V. Thangham     Apr 2, 2008 in Technology
Amazon launches a new service that will allow you to buy products from their mobiles. The new “TextBuyIt” service allows you to search buy items and then track products through online accounts.
With the growing mobile users in the U.S. and worldwide, Amazon wants to grab a share from the mobile shopping market. Only a few companies allow customers to buy from mobiles directly.
Amazon’s TextBuyIt service works as follows:
1.) Customers send text message to “AMAZON” or “262966” about the product they are interested in.
2.) Amazon replies back with an SMS message of the list of products and prices they have at their store. They will show two items at a time, customers can send another text message “m” to see more items.
3.) Customers then can buy by sending another text message with the item number or ask for more details by typing d and the item number (e.g. d2 for more details about item number
4.) Once a purchase is decided, Amazon's automatic phone system calls the customer for verification and gives approval for the purchase.
5.) Customers can track their products at their account online afterwards just like regular purchases.
Amazon TextBuyIt Service.
To see the entire list of commands click here.
Amazon stores credit card information in its servers so they don’t have to enter it again. Amazon will charge the purchase to their main credit or debit card fro their account.
TechCrunch reports that it can be used for price comparison also, but Amazon will provide prices from their sites only. I am sure there will be other mobile price comparison sites to choose from for this service.
Amazon “TextBuyIt’ offers another option to buy items from the popular online store. It will be helpful for those who need the products right away or for those who are impulsive buyers.
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