Checking Availability via YouTXT

Recently we received an email from Mathew Cassidy sharing with us how he is using YouTXT. Another brilliant example of how easy and effective YouTXT can be to help people in their everyday lives.


Hi there,
Just found your guys website this morning! Excellent stuff!
I am a relief teacher around Auckland (mostly the North Shore). I have an online calendar that I use that allow principals to book me for relief work at their schools.
Sometimes schools need to find out my availability, often at 6.30am in the morning. The person may not have convenient access to the Internet at that time. But now, using your guys system, I can set a message up before I go to bed, letting schools know my availability (or unavailability). For example:
Text: ‘CHECK’ to ‘8808’
Reply Message:
STATUS FOR FRI 13/7/07 = AVAILABLE FOR RELIEF WORK. Mobile is 0212382736. All calls before 7:15am please. This text costs 50 cents. Matt Cassidy
This way, if the person is desperate for a relief teacher (often they are) and do not want to make a dead call (ie, call me to only find out that I’m not available), they can text my code (CHECK) to 8808 and recieve a text telling them my status for that day!
Previously, some schools were saying to me – ‘I don’t want to have to log into the Net at 6.30am to check your calendar’. Fair enough I guess. But now, I can tell them they don’t have too, as long as they have a mobile phone, my code ( CHECK) and the number (8808). Admittedly, this system only works if I update my status at the end of each working day!
Anyway, I think this will help make me more marketable to schools, as it helps to solve, in part, the ‘dead call’ issue which is the bane of teachers in charge of finding relief staff!
Mathew Cassidy

5 Responses to “Checking Availability via YouTXT”

  1. 1 Telecom February 25, 2008 at 11:40 am

    Isn’t this dishonest?

    By telling people that it costs 50c in the message, and not before they send the txt isn’t that misleading?

  2. 2 Sam May 19, 2008 at 12:35 am


    I hear your concerns!

    We tell people all over the YouTXT site that it costs .50c per message for users, and we also state in our Terms and Conditions that if you are using the service, you have to explicitly tell people that the cost of sending a txt is .50c.

    I hate services that sign you up for subscriptions, or hide in small print the cost of a TXT service – only to find out I get charged $6 un-expectedly.

    If you have had a bad experience using the YouTXT service, or someone has been mis-representing what they are offering using our service, please let us know so that we can track down and re-iterate to users that they must let people now in their advertising or promotion of the TXT code, that each TXT sent costs 50c.

    Thanks again for your question! If there is any other thoughts on the service I would love to hear your thoughts.



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