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O2 offering Twitter text service

UK network operator O2 is to offer its customers the option to send and receive Twitter updates via texts to their phones.

From August, both direct messages and @replies will be sent to O2 customers’ mobiles, while users can send their own microblogs back to the social networking site through a text message.

The deal is largely inconsequential for a number of O2 customers, seeing as the firm is the exclusive operator for Apple’s iPhone; a device perfectly capable of accessing Twitter when its battery isn’t dead.

The service is completely free for O2 customers on monthly contracts, while Pay-as-you-go users with an O2-tied sim card can send updates for the price of a text. 



Contract customers will need to abide by a fair usage policy, which limits updates to around 600 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.

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