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The First Challenge (part 2)

 

 

Brandie noticed a small technicality in the way mobile phone companies handled text messaging between two people that used different phone companies.

 

Specifically, she learned that phone companies did not yet have the capability to accurately count, reconcile and charge the other phone companies for the monthly difference in text messages sent to and from each other.

 

What this meant was that if FanBox could somehow get access to the text messaging gateway of only one mobile phone company anywhere, it could possibly enable users to send free text messages to any mobile phone in the world (from the FanBox website).

 

In turn, that accomplishment might give FanBox some leverage with the mobile phone companies – in ways that were not yet fully understood but seemed worth trying.

 

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So, Brandie started calling mobile phone companies around the world, one after another, asking to speak to their President.

 

She wanted to speak to their presidents to ensure that if she was able to convince someone, that they would be the “decision-maker”.

 

Of course her requests to speak with their Presidents were rejected -- each and every time.

 

After trying to speak to the Presidents of over 500 different phone companies around the world, she was actually able to connect with the President of a mobile phone company based in South Africa -- Mobile Telephone Networks (MTN).

 

On that call, she was able to intrigue their President enough about FanBox's mission to convince him to travel to San Diego, California, to meet. He agreed.

 
On his visit, the President was very intrigued by FanBox's mission and approach to jump-start the knowledge revolution.

 

On his way back to the airport, he gave Brandie a firm handshake and said "We've got a deal", and the deal was inked and finalized in a contract within 3 weeks.

 

That deal gave FanBox users the ability to send FREE text messages to virtually any mobile phone in the world.

 

Users loved the ability to send free text messages from the Web to mobile phones, and word-of-mouth about FanBox exploded. 

 

In the first 6 months, over six million people registered to use FanBox (still using the SMS.ac name)  -- shattering the world records set by Hotmail and Napster -- who both had about 1 million users in their first 6 months.

 

FanBox (SMS.ac) now held the world record for the fastest product launch in history.   (Source: USA Today, and Fast Company)

 

More importantly, FanBox now had daily communication with millions of the customers of the world’s mobile phone companies.

 

In the next chapter, we'll discuss how this gave FanBox new leverage with the world's mobile phone companies.

 

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677 Comments

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33 months ago

Exciting!

33 months ago

amazing!

15 months ago

Truly, it is exciting. But is more than praise worthy.

It has been rightly said that necessity is the mother of inventions. Most of the inventions and discoveries owe their successful operation to necessity. Unless there is want we cannot struggle to attain the goal. The history of human progress in all walks of life is the history of man's endeavour to reach new goals.

When man felt hungry, he started hunting and till land. The need for shelter lead the man to built huts and houses. The need for quick travel resulted in the invention of the fastest means of transport, making the world short. At the time of necessity, the human mind, which is creative and imaginative, thinks in a very quick manner.

The proverbial crow's necessity of water forced it to find out the way to quench its thirst. In the political life it is again the necessity which leads us to think of new forms of government-whether Socialistic or otherwise in pattern.

As new needs arise, fresh methods are devised to meet them New plans are hatched to find solutions to different problems. Necessity makes us bold, zealous and eager enough to fulfil our needs. Necessity is a blessing in disguise.

Please, let's share some contributions from Mother Theresa on the challenges of life:

“Life is an opportunity, benefit from it.
Life is beauty, admire it.
Life is a dream, realize it.
Life is a challenge, meet it.
Life is a duty, complete it.
Life is a game, play it.
Life is a promise, fulfill it.
Life is sorrow, overcome it.
Life is a song, sing it.
Life is a struggle, accept it.
Life is a tragedy, confront it.
Life is an adventure, dare it.
Life is luck, make it.
Life is too precious, do not destroy it.
Life is life, fight for it.”
― Mother Teresa

11 months ago

amazing work....

33 months ago

Awesome.

33 months ago


Funny and Interesting.

33 months ago

My time is ration so I cannot cominacate

33 months ago

Excellent work Brandie & JC - great blog about what's going on with Fanbox and keeping us in the loop!

33 months ago

i couldn't wait.....God Bless!

33 months ago

Thx

33 months ago

hi everyone

33 months ago

great to see in funbox to communicate with...tnx 4this blog...

33 months ago

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32 months ago

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32 months ago

interesting, want to know more bout FAN BOX

31 months ago

great post

31 months ago

It just shows what we can do if we have the motivation.

31 months ago

thanks for sharing, this is getting interesting.

31 months ago

very very good !

30 months ago

great achievement

30 months ago

Lord loves this!

30 months ago

It is good to know the history. ty

30 months ago

WOW! NIce story!! I wish I could have found Fanbox earlier ! I would have now more money !! Interesting History!! Brandie seems very very smart ! :) ! Well Done!!

30 months ago

very useful post thanks for shearing

30 months ago

good

29 months ago

Interesting info. about texting and FanBox.

29 months ago

realy nice

28 months ago

great post

27 months ago

great post

26 months ago

i like it thanks

26 months ago

good nice post

26 months ago

is a great thing

26 months ago

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26 months ago

very interesting. i never knew this before today!

25 months ago

Great information!

25 months ago

very interesting

24 months ago

Awesome

23 months ago

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23 months ago

Great Post, What a remarkable job you guys are doing.

22 months ago

good post, it is very helpful

20 months ago

Another good series

19 months ago