March 27, 2009
Twitter re-launches SMS in the UK - But only if you’re on Vodafone
According to TechCrunch, Twitter has confirmed that it has re-launched out-going SMS in the UK on a shortcode, but with only one provider, Vodafone.
So while Vodafone UK customers will be able to receive SMS updates from Twitter for free, and send for free to begin with, users on other networks will have to wait while Twitter negotiates separate deals.
Twitter cut the ability to get your Twitter feed last August after starting to throttle the service down in November 2007. At the time co-founder Biz Stone said that: “Even with a limit of 250 messages received per week, it could cost Twitter about $1,000 per user, per year to send SMS outside of Canada, India, or the US.” Although they’d been able to negotiate service fees with mobile operators in the US and Canada, negotiations failed in the UK.
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