Here's an interesting new game — sort of a combination of an auction and a sweepstakes that's played over text messaging. Limbo 41414 puts big-ticket items up for auction: stuff like a Hummer, a plasma TV, and so on. Players "bid" on the items, but unlike ebay, to win the auction you have to have the lowest bid that doesn't match anyone else's bid. The company claims that players come away with stuff like a video iPod for $4.30 and diamond earrings for $1.45.
To join Limbo send a text message with the word FREE to the number 41414 or go to www.41414.com to learn more.
The game doesn't support my mobile phone company, so I can't play via SMS. However, you can also bid on some auctions by calling 1-877-771-9257. I was able to try for tickets for an NCAA championship game via phone (I placed a unique bid but wasn't the lowest: the automated voice told me to call back to try again.) I could not bid on the Hummer via telephone — for that, you need to use SMS.
I don't understand the company's business model at all … maybe you should try to win cheap stuff before their investors figure it out.