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IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010192D
Publication Date: 2002-Nov-02

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An anonymous Short Messaging Service (SMS) system and method are described. An SMS message containing a sender alias is received from a sender mobile phone user. A decision is made whether the SMS message is intended for posting and/or display on a display set. If the SMS message is intended for posting, the SMS message and the sender alias are posted for viewing by other users. Otherwise, a recipient alias is retrieved from the SMS message and a mobile phone number associated with the recipient alias is further retrieved from a user database. Finally, the SMS message and the sender alias are transmitted to the recipient user via the retrieved mobile phone number.