Rogers, Fido now offers Twitter SMS

Allan Reyes 5 years ago

Previously available only on Bell, consumers can now likewise send and receive Twitter updates via SMS both on Rogers and Bell.

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The short code for the Twitter service is 21212 for both networks. This new SMS service is free for those on text messaging plans. Since an SMS tweet is treated as a regular SMS and not as a premium service, messages sent in excess of the allotted SMS for a particular plan will simply be charge 15 cents per message. Those who are not on a text messaging plan will receive out-of-plan messaging charges if they avail of this service. With Twitter SMS messaging now available in Canada through Bell, Rogers and Fido, will Telus and the other mobile networks follow suit? That’s what we’ll have to wait and see in the coming months, but with the huge popularity of Twitter these days, we wouldn’t be surprised if they actually did.

Here's the full press release of both networks.

Twitter Goes Wireless with Rogers

Rogers Wireless brings full Twitter text to Canadian customers

TORONTO, May 5 /CNW/ - Rogers Wireless announced today that customers can now send and receive updates from popular messaging service Twitter by SMS text message over their mobile phones, via Short Code 21212. The feature comes
at no additional cost for customers on text messaging plans.

When the service goes live today, Rogers Wireless customers who subscribe to a text messaging plan will be able to update their Twitter status and receive updates (known as "tweets") via text messages on their mobile phones. Twitter texts are treated as standard messages under all text messaging plans.

"Our text messaging partnership with Twitter is the latest way Rogers is helping our customers to connect and stay up-to-date on their wireless device," said John Boynton, Senior Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Rogers Wireless. "Rogers was first to enable Twitter through a wireless browser and we're excited to now provide Twitter by SMS as well."

"We're thrilled to be working with Canada's largest wireless provider," said Kevin Thau, Twitter's Director of Mobile Business Development. "Twitter is a real-time messaging service for sharing and discovering what's happening - right now. By partnering with Rogers Wireless, customers using Twitter can now view, post and reply to messages, ensuring the application stays
affordable and true to its real-time nature."

In addition to being able to send and receive tweets, customers will also have access to all Twitter capabilities including the ability to add (or "follow") new people and reply to updates. Customers will also be able to select whether they want to receive updates from all the people they follow or from a select group of people.

Traffic to Twitter continues to accelerate with a yearly growth rate of more than 1,300 percent.

Twitter will not be charged as a premium SMS service on Rogers Wireless. Each outgoing tweet will be counted as one message within a customer's text messaging plan. Messages outside of a plan are 15 cents each. If customers do not subscribe to a text messaging plan, out-of-plan text messaging charges apply. These rates apply anywhere in Canada on the Rogers Network.

About Rogers Wireless:
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Rogers Wireless provides wireless voice and data communications services across Canada to more than 8 million customers under both the Rogers Wireless and Fido brands. Proven to operate Canada's most reliable wireless voice and data communications network, Rogers Wireless is Canada's largest wireless provider and the only carrier operating on the global standard GSM and highly
advanced HSPA technology platforms. In addition to providing seamless roaming in more than 200 countries/areas with its GSM based services, Rogers Wireless also provides wireless broadband services across Canada utilizing its 2.5GHz fixed wireless spectrum. Rogers Wireless is a subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), a diversified Canadian communications and media company. For further information, please visit www.rogers.com.

Twitter Goes Wireless with Fido

Fido brings full Twitter text to Canadian customers

TORONTO, May 5 /CNW/ - Fido announced today that customers can now send and receive updates from popular messaging service Twitter by SMS text message over their mobile phones, via short code 21212. The feature comes at no additional cost for customers on text messaging plans.

When the service goes live today, Fido customers who subscribe to a text messaging plan will be able to update their Twitter status and receive updates (known as "tweets") via text messages on their mobile phones. Twitter texts are treated as standard messages under all text messaging plans.

"With more than one million Fido subscribers across Canada, it is important that we continue to save money for our customers with value like Twitter SMS text messaging on their mobile phones," said Sylvain Roy, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Fido. "We will continue to support and strengthen our relationship with Twitter in the future, to bring the latest mobile services to our customers."

"We're thrilled to be working with Fido," said Kevin Thau, Twitter's Director of Mobile Business Development. "Twitter is a real-time messaging service for sharing and discovering what's happening - right now. By partnering with Fido, customers using Twitter can now view, post and reply to messages within their text messaging plans, ensuring the application stays affordable and true to its real-time nature."

In addition to being able to send and receive tweets, customers will also have access to all Twitter capabilities including the ability to add (or "follow") new people and reply to updates. To limit the amount of received messages, they will also be able to select whether they want to receive updates from all the people they follow or from a select group of people.

Traffic to Twitter continues to accelerate with a yearly growth rate of more than 1,300 percent.

Twitter will not be charged as a premium SMS service on Fido. Each outgoing tweet will be counted as one message within a customer's text messaging plan. Messages outside of a plan are 15 cents each. If customers do not subscribe to a text messaging plan, out-of-plan text messaging charges apply. These rates apply anywhere in Canada on the Fido Network.

About Fido:
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Fido gives low prices a good home by offering Canadian consumers simple, high-value low price wireless voice and data products and services with excellent customer care. Operating on the global standard GSM and HSPA technology platforms, Fido customers can roam in over 200 countries/areas.

For more information, please visit fido.ca.

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  • carolyn metz 5 years ago
    Has anyone been successful in hooking up a Fido phone and receiving twitter?
  • Yasmin 5 years ago
    Judgeing by your question, i assume you also havent been successful in hooking up twitter to fido phones. dosent work for me
  • guest_50898 4 years ago
    Fido now started to charge for MSN Alerts. Give it some time and they will charge you for twitter alerts as well even if you have unlimited SMS plan. https://sites.google.com/site/askvladcom/consumer-beware/fido-sms

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