Social networking redefined: Mardan boy develops SMS-based portal

Published: February 15, 2012

PESHAWAR: As novel as it sounds, Mardan’s 18-year-old Shahzad has developed a social networking portal that does not require an internet connection – “Smile SMS”.

The SMS-based social networking service enables users to gather local and international information on their phones, free of cost, without using the internet.

IT-savvy Shahzad has been into developing programmes and websites ever since he was in grade six. This hobby transformed into passion and helped him achieve a lot at a very young age.

Smile SMS – the first of its kind service launched in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa – operates similar to Facebook, however, the only difference is that an internet connection is required for Facebook, while Smile SMS can be used without it.

“This service helps you update your status, let your friends comment on it and make new friends,” said Shahzad. “In K-P, not a lot of people have access to the internet, so I thought of developing a unique programme for them.”

Shahzad said he has done the first network test of the service and currently it can afford up to one million people. “We are planning on expanding and updating the service too.”

Sajjad Khan, one of the users of the service said that in his village, hundreds of students don’t have internet access to use this service. “This is the first time that such a service has been launched in K-P. It is benefitting a lot of people, said Khan.

Shahzad also said that the people of K-P can also make a name for themselves in the field of IT, only if the government encourages them.

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Reader Comments (54)

  • ali
    Feb 15, 2012 - 3:20PM

    Awesome Shahzad!!!

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  • Hira Z
    Feb 15, 2012 - 3:30PM

    No that’s Pakistani youth :)

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  • IFTIKHAR-UR-REHMAN
    Feb 15, 2012 - 3:31PM

    Great work !! Well done!!! Can this be used outside KP also??

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  • sarmad
    Feb 15, 2012 - 3:46PM

    Looks like Pakistan has a never ending supply of child prodigies ! We are so blessed only if we realize..

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  • Javeria Mahmood
    Feb 15, 2012 - 4:00PM

    WOW! how can I join you but I am from Lahore

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  • Feb 15, 2012 - 4:09PM

    I know this guy since a year, He is genius & brilliant guy. His company doing great job but our official institutions didn’t support him till yet.

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  • Feb 15, 2012 - 4:26PM

    Amazing, another giant product at the start-up level. Go Shahzad Go!

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  • Feb 15, 2012 - 4:26PM

    That’s so cool… Pakistan is full of geniuses…

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  • truth is bitter
    Feb 15, 2012 - 4:33PM

    Good work boy :) way to go0o

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  • Ali
    Feb 15, 2012 - 4:38PM

    Wow!!
    That’s really cool.
    I’m already using this service here is there Fb page http://Facebook.com/smilesms

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  • Feb 15, 2012 - 4:38PM

    I wanna give it a try !

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  • Feb 15, 2012 - 4:42PM

    I’d love to see more information on this .. any websites etc?

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  • Nazish
    Feb 15, 2012 - 4:51PM

    Way to go Shehzad.. proud of you!

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  • Islam Gul
    Feb 15, 2012 - 4:55PM

    We should proud of our of him. The Govt should encourage and support such kind of efforts.

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  • Hashmi
    Feb 15, 2012 - 4:57PM

    If someone can advise him to get a patent for this..

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  • Humayun
    Feb 15, 2012 - 5:07PM

    sounds great achivement. Should be encouraged and rewarded.Recommend

  • Mufazzil
    Feb 15, 2012 - 5:19PM

    Marvelous! Hats Off, people like you and Arfa are the assets of our country!

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  • Feb 15, 2012 - 5:49PM

    great…
    good luck

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  • Ali
    Feb 15, 2012 - 5:49PM

    Here is Shehzad Khan Facebook profiles, Tribune team please include the link in your artical for reference

    http://facebook.com/Shehzad.MC

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  • mmuhammad Tariq zafar
    Feb 15, 2012 - 6:10PM

    Wonderful,GREAT effort,we r proud of u.

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  • Hallelujah
    Feb 15, 2012 - 6:23PM

    I hope this is not plagiarized -_- Oh yeah, this technology is old. Very old. All the Pakistan’s radio services and TV services use a similar software to receive SMSs.

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  • Zeeshan
    Feb 15, 2012 - 6:31PM

    Excellent work Shehzad…….!
    Keep your good work going !!!

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  • Abu Bakar
    Feb 15, 2012 - 6:41PM

    Please watch this much sophisticated version developed by other Pakistani…. http://www.pringit.com/

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  • Feb 15, 2012 - 6:46PM

    I dont know what is wrong with Pakistanis. There are hundreds of websites of this kind. Even I made this kind of website one year ago. Wake up guys. The world is far ahead.

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  • Feb 15, 2012 - 6:48PM

    It is not free of cost..

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  • Tahir
    Feb 15, 2012 - 6:53PM

    Yes, We Can -:) Proud of Pakistanies !!!!

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  • Aizaz Zafer
    Feb 15, 2012 - 6:53PM

    V.Nice Shehzad, our nation badly need people like you, you are our star beta.

    Hallelujah technologies are always same but when someone mix & create a new thing for people benefit that’s amazing then, and we should appreciate his age, as he just 18 now.
    I’m also an IT Professional this project required good networking skill as programming, its not just limited to a single software, it needs a complex network scenario.

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  • Riaz
    Feb 15, 2012 - 6:54PM

    proud of you be a pakistani brilliant younger

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  • Feb 15, 2012 - 8:35PM

    Good Work Shezi, May ALLAH (SWT) Give U Progress in All Aspects of Ur Life. AAMEEN

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  • mew
    Feb 15, 2012 - 9:16PM

    brillliiiiiaaaaant!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11 keeep it up

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  • ali
    Feb 15, 2012 - 10:46PM

    zabardast

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  • butt jee
    Feb 15, 2012 - 11:06PM

    Great. Well done and keep it up Shehzad.

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  • mannan
    Feb 15, 2012 - 11:09PM

    Salaam.great work boy,will pray for ur success in future and dont stop its just the begining

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  • Zeta
    Feb 15, 2012 - 11:13PM

    Proud of Him. He needs country wide support

    Ye Matti bari zarkeez hai

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  • sana
    Feb 16, 2012 - 1:03AM

    wow!

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  • ProudPakistani
    Feb 16, 2012 - 1:32AM

    Pride of the Nation…Welldone Shahzad..!!

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  • Shahbaz Younis
    Feb 16, 2012 - 10:10AM

    Marvelous job Shehzad, nation is proud of you……

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  • Feb 16, 2012 - 10:11AM

    This is something wow and big high five to the faces of those who been calling backword to the people of this part of world… Khair Sha Shehzada you make us all proud alaka :)

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  • Faizan
    Feb 16, 2012 - 3:27PM

    Very very nice shahzad khan,
    arise the name of pak nd kpk similarley

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  • Shirk Kanth
    Feb 17, 2012 - 2:39AM

    Well done Shazad khan:)))))))))

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  • mehraankhan
    Feb 17, 2012 - 10:55AM

    how can i join this networkRecommend

  • Amer M
    Feb 18, 2012 - 2:08AM

    Well done boy!

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  • khan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 3:04AM

    please write down your complete website is it com, pk or etc keep it up

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  • Zahooor Khan
    Feb 18, 2012 - 10:01AM

    AwesOme DuDe ProuD of U

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  • Feb 18, 2012 - 1:40PM

    woh thanks friend i don,t know i join your network

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  • A Y
    Feb 22, 2012 - 4:17PM

    pakistan zindabad

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  • Waqar Khan Mohmand
    Feb 25, 2012 - 1:40PM

    @Hira Z:
    that’s Pathan Youth

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  • toqir
    Feb 28, 2012 - 12:34AM

    good job done well done ,,,,,,

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  • Seemal Zaman
    Mar 3, 2012 - 1:56AM

    Awesome!

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  • Mahmood
    Mar 6, 2012 - 9:42PM

    wow! man you have done a fantastic job,now this is called pure instinctive innovation.BRAVO.Zindabad KP.

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  • Romeo
    Apr 2, 2012 - 6:50PM

    Hi eveyone we are realy proud of this gentalman. I love to join his network but couldnt find his network in here. Can any one help me how to join his network

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  • Romeo
    Apr 2, 2012 - 6:55PM

    Can any one help me how to joing smile sms network. I cant find it in here

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  • ASIM ZEB
    Apr 4, 2012 - 6:45AM

    congrats shehzad bhai, u done a fabulous jobRecommend

  • Aizaz Zafer
    Apr 4, 2012 - 12:09PM

    He is covered by Al Jazeera Also after Express news http://www.aljazeera.com/news/asia/2012/04/2012426323922782.html

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