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 Sunday, 12 January, 2003, 23:54 GMT
Shakespeare gets handier
Text message arriving on phone, BBC
That could be Shakespeare in there.
Shakespeare could soon be taking the place of spam text messages on your mobile phone.

A small British company has launched a service for lovers of the Bard that will send them a pithy quote from Shakespeare's works every day in return for a small fee.

The Shake-Me text service could make a welcome change from the slick, marketing messages many people are regularly receiving on their handset.

Subscribers can sign up for a day, a week or a month.

Word play

The Shakespeare-by-text service was originally supposed to be launched in mid-2002 but has been delayed while the company developed allied services, said Dahlan Lassale, founder of the Text-Me company.

I speak amazedly; and it becomes my marvel and my message

The Winter's Tale
Subscribers can choose to receive amazing facts, riddles, superstitions or even have affectionate poems sent to a person of their choosing.

Anyone signing up to the Shake-Me service gets a short quote from a sonnet, poem or play of Shakespeare sent via text message to their mobile phone every working day.

The Shake-Me text service costs 1 for one day, 3 for one week and 6 for one month.

In 2001 Text-Me launched the Poem-Me service which sent text-message-sized verses from published poet Fredrik Lloyd to subscribers.

Poet and riddle maker Emmanuel Williams has also been signed up to provide verses and conundrums for Text-Me.

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