Orange has stuck a new deal with Twitter which will see Orange customers become the first to be able to send and receive Twitter updates directly from their Orange handsets using text messaging.
Orange has also announced that it is the first mobile phone operator to enable customers to upload and share photos on Twitter via MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service).
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Orange and Twitter deal
Orange’s head of product management Mark Watts Jones, said: ‘We’ve seen over the last year how Twitter is transforming the dynamics of real-time search and breaking news.
‘We’re delighted to extend the value of the service by bringing it to mobile, enabling our customers to view and update their Twitter streams and giving them the unique ability to upload photos directly via MMS.’
Orange customers will have access to Twitter without the need to download special software or pay extra for services.
Customers will be able to update their own ’tweets’, send direct messages to other Twitter users and receive alerts on Twitter activity all through text messaging. Twitter alerts will be available free, with upload text messages either included in customers’ bundles or charged at the usual MMS rate of 30p.
Which? Computing editor Sarah Kidner said: ‘It’s great to see more and more services integrated allowing us to access up-to-date information from one portal without the need to fire up your PC just to check your status updates.’
Social networking sites
Orange World, Orange’s mobile internet portal, already allows customers to view and post updates to four social networking sites, Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and Bebo at the same time through a single log-in.
To find out more about the service, Orange mobile users should visit Orange World from their mobile handsets.
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