Twitter and Orange have struck a groundbreaking deal that will allow customers of the network to not only receive tweet updates via SMS but also send photos via MMS in a one of a kind agreement in the UK.
Both services come at no extra charge, normal messaging rates apply and provides a great platform for new or current Twitter users who don’t have a smartphone to engage with the popular social network.
Orange follow Vodafone and O2 in allowing Twitter users to receive updates via SMS and with social networking a key selling point for mobile networks, I’m sure it won’t be long before others follow suit.
Twitter tested the service earlier this morning for a brief moment before taking it down. Many UK Orange users who had registered their device previously with Twitter may have received a barrage of texts this morning. It would be worth checking with Orange these updates were not charged to your account.
Orange have created a micro site to go hand in hand with the launch of this new service, called Snapshot, which acts as a TwitPic like service, where all the photos sent by MMS are showcased too.
For any Orange UK customer wanting to try out the service, simply follow the below instructions:
- Take a photo on your Orange mobile phone
- Select ‘Send via MMS’ or ‘Send multimedia message’
- Send it to 86444
With the emerging world of apps taking centre stage, it’s fantastic to see one of the older methods of communication reinvigorate itself once more as a great and accessible technological bridge, for one of the newest.