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Wireless Gambling Is Born: "SMS-TV" Wireless Technology Set to Play Major Role

Sit On Your Couch, Point Your Cell Phone at Your TV Screen, and Place Your Bet

SMS-TV technology is about to explode globally. Precisely because it is relatively unregulated.

Unlike land line telephone service, most cell phone services, and dial-up Internet, cable television's cables and satellite transmissions are not regulated by such US government laws as the 1961 Wire Act. While gambling and obscenity are regulated by the federal government over telecom technologies, they are unable to restrict cable TV, or more importantly, interactive TV.

Sit on your couch, point your cell phone at your TV screen, and text-message your placement of a $10 casino chip on the roulette wheel's number 24, You've just placed a real bet, and can watch the spin of the wheel, and the results in real time. Fans of FOX-TV's American Idol have been enjoying SMS-TV technology every time they have text messaged their votes.

Publicly traded Zone4play is about to offer Texas Hold'em Poker and Bingo gambling games to such current clients as Cablevision.

Other popular uses range from virtual reality (keep changing your perspectives as you "sit" in an actual race car during a real race) to non-gambling family games, to interactive pornography.

According to Juniper Research, a respected technology industry resource relied upon by Wall Street, wireless gambling will generate as much as $18 Billion annually by 2008. Where will much of this growth come from? SMS-TV.

Wireless phone owners, place your bets.

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