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article imageTwitter Returns to Canadian Cellphone Users Thanks to Bell

By David Silverberg     Feb 24, 2009 in Technology
Bell and Twitter have partnered to bring full SMS support for Twitter users in Canada. Bell is the first wireless carrier in Canada to return "tweets" to Canadians after Twitter pulled the plug on outbound SMS support for Canucks.
Bell Mobility clients who use Twitter can now access two-way Short Messaging Service (SMS), the only Canadian customers able to use such a service. In November, Twitter cut off the SMS service to Canada, as it did to other countries. Until today, Twitter users in the U.S. were the only people able to receive Twitter updates via SMS. But worldwide users can update their Twitter with SMS.
“Being the first wireless carrier to offer Canadians Twitter’s fully interactive SMS service underlines our commitment to delivering popular and relevant content to our clients, including the latest social networking applications,” said Andrew Wright, Director of Business Development at Bell Mobility.
Kevin Thau, Director of Mobile Business Development at Twitter, praised Bell, saying: "It’s very exciting to bring Twitter to Canada via SMS and we couldn’t have asked for a more enthusiastic partner."
But how much will using Twitter set back Bell subscribers? Each message sent or received will cost 15 cents. That price is separate from any kind of text-message bundles a subscriber already pays.
Twitter is a free micro-blogging tool that allows users to "tweet" short messages about anything. As of February 2009, Twitter ranks as the third most popular social site after Facebook and MySpace. Check out's Twitter account here.
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