Turning on Twitter Texts

We’ve teamed up with Twitter to turn Twitter updates into free text messages, meaning @ replies and direct messages just got a little more direct.

From the start of August, every O2 customer will be able to switch on text notifications within Twitter and receive replies and direct messages completely free. You’ll also be able to send updates to Twitter as part of your normal text message bundle or for the cost of a normal text.

Our partnership with Twitter joins the ones we already have with Facebook and Bebo, which means O2 customers are now in touch with these three great social networks wherever you are.

Once switched on, replies and direct messages will start to come through by text throughout the day, but you can choose to turn them off at certain times if you’d like. We do have a fair use policy for Twitter texts though, so please try to stay below 600 messages per month.

“We believe that mobile will soon become the most popular way of accessing social networking sites, giving real time access to tweets and status updates wherever you are,” said Antony Douglas, Head of Content at O2. “The agreements we now have in place with Twitter and the other key sites brings this a step closer, making it quick and easy for O2 customers to access their favourite social networks straight from their mobile.”