Chime Lets Aussies Update Twitter Via SMS

Chime Lets Aussies Update Twitter Via SMS

ChimeDemo The lack of SMS integration is a perennial complaint for Australian Twitter users. Chime goes a fair way to solving that problem, letting you update your Twitter status via an Australian phone account.

Register your Twitter account with Chime, text the supplied confirmation pin, and then you can update your Twitter account by sending SMS messages to 0429558117. Those show up on your regular feed, tagged as being sent from Chime, and the only cost to you is whatever you pay to send a regular local SMS. (You can also use the service overseas; I did my registration and testing from New Zealand.)

It’s unlikely that Twitter will ever offer receiving updates via SMS in Australia (in the US, where the recipient pays, that’s a more viable model). Until it has its own official service for sending messages, Chime is a great substitute, and much cheaper than the previous alternative of using Twitter’s UK text number.



    • Vodafone NZ does too — and if Australia ever gets a plan of that kind, it’ll be carrier-specific. But in the US it’s pretty much carrier-neutral, since the user is paying.

    • O2 and Vodafone in the UK both allow users to send Tweets to a shortcode (86444) and also to receive updates (in theory unlimited, in practice its limited to a few hundred incoming messages per month).

      But I have a UK prepaid SIM card with me in Australia that is delivering Twitter notifications for free, even while roaming. Clearly I’m costing them more in interconnect fees than I am in total usage so far!

  • A “perennial complaint”? Really?

    I was upset in 2007 when Twitter got rid of SMS notifications for Australians but nowadays a basic 3G phone (good enough to run Slandr, a web-based Twitter client, in the Opera Mini web browser, which only needs Java ME) is $200 or less.

    And my prepaid plan with 3 means I pay 10c a Mb. Virgin is offering 3c a Mb for prepaid. If you’re paying 25c a text message, you’re paying $1500 per Mb. Yes, over a *thousand dollars* per megabyte. If you really want to update your Twitter a LOT with SMS, you’re going to be paying through the nose. And if you’re not going to update a lot, where is the incentive for your phone company to make a deal with Twitter?

    I just asked on my twitter account if people would use SMS notifications if they were available – one very good point that two people brought up is that they’d only want to follow a very few important people via SMS. I follow over 1000 people on Twitter, and my phone’s SMS client is about the worst possible way I can think of to manage all the messages that generates.

    I can’t help thinking that Twitter via SMS in Australia is a dead issue. Someone answered my question saying that updating and getting messages via SMS could be useful when outside a 3G zone, but by the time it takes Twitter to do a deal with Australian telcos, 3G phones and mobile data will have dropped even more, and phones without 3G will be rarer and rarer.

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