ME and Ophelia

Tuesday, November 04, 2003


Bluejacking is free and works on underground subways

Phone owners now have something else to do with their handset: bluejacking. This involves sending anonymous text messages to other phone users via Bluetooth short-range radio. Sending messages this way is free. Numbers of page views of the bluejackq site are now averaging 8,000 a day.

Bluejacking works underground on the subways too. Bluejacking expeditions by BBC News Online technology staff have shown that in any decent-sized crowd, such as on a tube train or train platform, usually reveals several Bluetooth phones.

Sounds like it could be a good laugh for commuters and clubbers - and especially interesting for the "workers" in large organisations.

To be bluejacked you must make sure your phone can be discovered by other Bluetooth devices.

Turn Bluetooth on
Ensure your phone is discoverable by other Bluetooth devices
Create contact using your message as the name
Choose to send this contact via Bluetooth
Phone searches for Bluetooth-enabled phones within range
Pick a victim from the phones within range and send the contact to them.

[I'm still working on the continuation of yesterday's post]

# posted by Ingrid J. Jones @ 11/04/2003
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