Twitter Two-Way SMS returns to Rogers, Fido

Posted by Warren Frey

In a bold move that show just how ahead of the curve they really are, Rogers and Fido have reached a deal with Twitter to bring back the ability to send and receive updates to the microblogging service via SMS, which the US (and Canada) have been doing since 2006. Canadian users used to have the ability to tweet via SMS, but it was unceremoniously yanked due to Canadian wireless industry fees being far too expensive. Earlier this year a deal was reached with Bell Mobility, and now Rogers and Fido have also agreed to not charge additional fees for tweets. It’s still probably a good idea to add unlimited text messaging to your plan to avoid draconian charges when you get chatty. Telus has yet to reach a deal with Twitter.

Those who access Twitter through apps on their iPhone or Blackberry may shrug and get back to to tweeting, but the ability to access Twitter through SMS opens up not only basic phones but also vast areas of the world who rely on SMS and cheap mobile phones for all of their online activity. And if nothing else, the fact that Canada has buckled and allowed another feature on its wireless network means that maybe, just maybe, our mobile industry stands a fighting chance of catching up to the rest of the world.

Company:
Telus Corp.
Website:
http://www.telus.com
Location:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Technology is a key enabler for TELUS and our customers, providing advantage and differentiation in the marketplace. By managing the life cycle of current technologies and the timely introduction of new technologies we deliver superior service value to our customers and long-term growth oriented investment performance to our shareholders. For investors, TELUS is succeeding in managing technology and capital... more

Company:
Rogers Communications
Website:
http://www.rogers.com
Location:
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

We are a diversified Canadian communications and media company. We are engaged in wireless voice and data communications services through Wireless, Canada's largest wireless provider and the operator of the country's only national Global System for Mobile Communications ("GSM") based network. Through Cable we are one of Canada's largest providers of cable television services as well as high-speed Internet access... more

Company:
Twitter
Website:
http://www.twitter.com
Location:
San Francisco, California, United States

Twitter is a privately funded startup with offices in the SoMA neighborhood of San Francisco, CA. Started as a side project in March of 2006, Twitter has grown into a real-time short messaging service that works over multiple networks and devices. In countries all around the world, people follow the sources most relevant to them and access information via Twitter as it happens—from breaking world news to updates... more


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Warren Frey

Warren Frey

Warren Frey is a writer, editor, blogger and podcaster based out of Vancouver, BC. After working for six years in the Canadian broadcasting industry, he switched to print and has since covered varied assignments from plumbing conferences to star-studded film galas. But he’s never lost his love for the internet and interactive media, from his teens when he dived into the WELL on his “Woz”... more




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