This day and age it seems like everyone has a cell phone, many schools are beginning to tap into that technology, and use text messaging to inform students when needed.
Since the Tragedy at Virginia Tech, many schools are trying to get an emergency contact system in place. What better method than text messaging. Individuals usually carry their cell phones around with them, and a text message can deliver an immediate detailed message.
Many companies offer features that allow organizations, and clubs on a college campus to sent out updates, announce meetings, or advertise upcoming events.
This comparison analysis will compare and contrast some of the top text messaging services.
Costs $1 per user per year, is a good deal for smaller
campuses, but can get pricey with a large population.
Offers unlimited groups. Which can include emergencies, events, sports teams, and can even
include different campuses of a college.
Allows for unlimited group admins
Access to the E2Campus application is available from your
PC, mobile phone, or a PDA
Has a one time setup fee of $300
Annual Licensing fee is $2,000
Text messages can be purchased in blocks, and range between
6 and 8 cents depending on how many blocks you purchase.
With all the setup fees this product can get pricey, It may
be efficient for a larger campus to afford this, but may be way out of the
budget of a smaller school.
Gives you the option to purchase a dedicated short code for
$14,000 a year, which means you will get your own 5 digit number to be
For $1200 a month you can purchase a custom vanity code, which
allows you to chose a short code so it is easier to remember.
Offers a free service, but will spam you with text message
advertisements which will burn out the medium very quickly, and may result in
negative effect on text message alerts from your students.
Offers two services. The Standard “Free” service is designed for smaller groups. The standard service does have a banner at the bottom of the text which says”Powered by Jyngle”. This banner is designed to spread the word of the service, but a representative
at Jyngle informs me that it may be used for ad space in the future. Still for being free I would not complain about the tiny ad at the bottom of the message.
The second service Jyngle offers is the Enterprise service. This is a pay per message service, and does not contain the banner at the bottom of the message. The rates for this service are $0.03 per voice message and $0.06 per SMS. Jyngle offers the Enterprise Service to schools for free for emergency use.
This chart compares pricing of the four services.
This chart compares each service prices based on the size of a student population. Note Informz block pricing is based upon 10 texts per student.
There are other services available which I was unable to acquire the pricing for. Some of these include
If you have any experiences dealing with any of the vendors mentioned, or any vendor not listed above please share them.