Soldiers abroad can broadcast text messages

From Internet-accessible computers in Iraq, soldiers can broadcast text messages to wireless phones across the world.

The new service gives warfighters a direct link to families, neighbors and poker buddies, said Robert Dozier, webmaster for the Army Community and Family Support Center. The center bought Mobile Messenger Broadcast Edition text-messaging software about two months ago from Dulles Micro LLC of Sterling, Va.

Meanwhile, America Online Inc. recently launched U.S. Forces Alerts, which sends Short Message Service headlines to members in 76 Air Force, Army, Marine or Navy units in the Middle East.
The alerts can arrive either as e-mail or as text messages on cell phones or pagers.

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