Earlier this year, Twitter started mobile SMS updates in India with over an alliance with AIRTEL. Subscribers were charged premium rates for SMS then.
Last day I stumbled over a fresh and amazing service called SMSTweet. What’s amazing is the simplicity of the concept and that its not backed by any Mobile service provider.
SMSTweet works based on SMSGupShup’s Application development platform and Twitter API. SMSGupShup is another venture that provides various free PC to Mobile SMS, Group SMS and other Social Messaging services in India. Messages are handled by SMSGupShup, which then updates the Twitter Status over API.
SMSGupShup uses a 10 digit standard mobile number, so the SMS sent will cost you only that of a normal SMS (national SMS in some cases) and not the premium rates. So, on the front end, you can update your twitter Status at the rate of a national SMS. Check with your service provider for SMS packs to make this even cheaper.
Upon successful updation, SMSTweet replies to you with the latest @mention of yours, so you can even carry on with a conversation via SMS’s.
How to Use SMS Tweets
First you need to provide your Twitter credentials to SMSTweet. Use any of the two ways to sign-in:
If you are online, you can allow SMSTweet to access your account using the ‘Sign-in with Twitter’ link on their homepage.
After you allow SMSTweet to access your account, you will be redirected back to the homepage. Then provide your 10 digit mobile number in the specified section on SMSTweet.
Sign-in via SMS:
Send TWEET<space>REGISTER<space><TWITTER USERNAME><space><TWITTER PASSWORD> to 09220092200
How to Update your Twitter Status Using SMS
Once SMSTweet have your details, you can start tweeting by sending your messages in the following format to 09220092200
E.g.: TWEET Hanging out with friends from school. Feeling Nostalgic.
I love this thing. Simply Amazing. Hats off to Mayank Sharma, the man behind all this.
That’s really a gr8 service..
But, I do like this.. I synced Facebook with ma mobile.. and when I update Facebook status thru ma mobile.. it automatically changes the Twitter status too! 😀
I tried using facebook mobile, but couldn’t register my mobile. I did what they said, I sent the SMS, but I never got a confirmation from FB. Sometimes the SMS services #FAIL totally.
I also faced the same situation before. But now it is quite fine I guess. I use Vodafone! 😉
Airtel here. Maybe they will do something like Twitter did. Anyway am not so into FB as you are 😛
Ha ha..well..like I told you before.. I’m searching for her in social networks! 😛
lol. dude, you are lost 😀
Happy hunting, long way to go 😉
is this for free???
Amazing, Already started using this service!!!
Good to see you here bro. Glad glad!!
This is innovative thinking.. Great Startup Idea especially for India..
Simple rt? Finding it very useful these days, esp when am out of town 🙂
Thanks bro. This is cool. Now i could update my twitter status when i am at college.
Dont you have GPRS in your phone? Am finding it useful for the same thing, our wifi at college sucks 😀
Good that they have a Karnataka Number too.. so that I wont cost me and other people in Bangalore National SMS Cost … 9243000111
Woa, lucky guys. Its STD charge for me here, wish I had my Airtel friends sim now. It was only 15 paise per std sms. Now they have a 15 Rs pack, 150 STD sms for rs 15. not bad 🙂
Even though I’m a airtel-Karnataka user i use smstweet to tweeting. Who will like to pay to airtel when you can do the same for free !
exactly, and there the sms is just local sms for you I believe.