James at MocoNews has an interesting story on SMS patents.
AllisBlue has won a European patent which allows “anybody to send AllisBlue a request for digital content by a simple phone call, SMS or WAP session and to automatically receive the requested information by e-mail and/or on their mobile phone”.
Allisblue proposed its method of sending information to handsets via SMS back in 1999 but carriers were unimpressed, saying SMS is very old…which wasn’t a big problem since mobile content wasn’t really ready to be used by consumers at that time.
The intention of Allisblue is to make the mobile handset a “remote control” for the web. The company applied for the patent in 2000, so prior art claims and so on have to date from before then.