||As you can see there is no mobile number shown in the display and the contacts list will only show the first name of the contacts you’ve added in your movil profile. This is because we are very keen on keeping your personal details safe.
Even if it is your responsability to take care of your own key and data, and you should use this application only on your personal computer or trusted network, we are reluctant to take any personal detail or number outside the API. This way we feel that our details are secure and not exposed.
One thing that differentiates this API key from others is that you can regenerate it anytime. So even if it happened that you left a bookmarklet on a public computer or you published it somewhere, you can generate a new one at all times, automagically disabling the old one and any other trying to use it.
We don’t want our users to publish their keys or to use them on a public site, it will be their choice, but due to the nature of the bookmarklets and passing the key we must assume the possibility that your key was stolen. That’s why we’ve provided an easy way to regenerate it and create a new one. For free.
So how does this work? First of all, you need to be a member of the movil community. If you aren’t, you can get in touch with me, and I’ll invite you with an invitation key, which -after validation- allows you to participate in the movil community, with all the benefits present. Movil almost covers the entire world. For a list of all carriers supported : click here.
We’re currently looking for betatesters from Canada and the US to try the service. Someone who likes messaging and mobile phones who would be willing to help us to do some tests for different mobile carriers. We will provide the credits for messaging worldwide and access to the system. If you feel that you can do it, just get in touch with us.
We really have to update some things on the carrier list, for instance in Belgium: Proximus, Mobistar & Base work fine now. There were some minor errors at first, but they’re all gone. If your provider/carrier isn’t listed, you can send an email to the movil wizzard and we’ll see how fast we can connect you.
Installing the API?
Go here first, and generate a key. You have to login. If you’re lost, go to : API, then chose API settings, then you’ll see the generator. You can leave the ‘expire after’ blank and the GMT set to zero. The system will automigically take over your time zone.
You now have a key to play with, using the API. You might want to know how to actually implement this, and you’re right. Read it here. Need code samples? We have them here.
Got problems? Send mail, we’ll come to the rescue.
If you just want to see how it looks like or use it from within your profile, you can go to My Movil, then click the Tiny Messenger link. Normally you should see three boxes on the right, for your personal use (we can’t stress that enough).
The first one is to send sms (text) messages to your contacts, from virtually anywhere. I’ve putted my bookmarks on my desktop, and it works fine. Saves you the time to login and go to the sms center.
The second bookmarklet is the as “Send SMS” but copies the title and link of the page you are browsing to the body of your message. We’ve done this for the bloggers. If you posted a really important message, and you need the feedback urgently, users can send you a text message. Be carefull, this isn’t secured yet and it’s only a test. Abuse is still very likely to happen, so we don’t encourage ‘public’ use. Intranet use however reveals the page the user is on, so if there’s an error, you’ll instantly know where.
The third link sends an SMS only to your mobile. Use them only in corporate intranets or trusted networks where the people needs a fast way to contact with you, yourself et toi. Really. There’s no ’send to’ option. This message goes straight to you.
Be careful where you leave it. Have fun, and welcome to movil. We’re gonna take you places. You just watch us.
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