A service offering secure self-destruct mobile text messages has been launched in the UK.
Staellium says its StealthText is ideal for businesses sending out sensitive information to mobile phones.
Once read by the intended recipient they are automatically deleted on the phone, to stop them being saved and forwarded to anyone else.
Once a text message has been sent, the recipient receives a notification message showing the sender’s name and providing a link to the message.
Once opened, the message disappears after about 40 seconds. Staellium said it is aiming the service at financial services companies, government departments, and other sectors.
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The service is currently available to use anywhere in the world for those carrying phones loaded with UK SIM cards. Other international SIMs will be supported next year.
Also in 2006, the company plans to offer a similar service for self-destruct e-mail, voice and picture messages.