TweetSMS Launched Today Enabling Twitter SMS in 190 Countries Including Many Arab States

27 Aug, 2008

TweetSMS has been launched today after around a week of internal testing, the launch was scheduled yesterday, but apparently they had some hiccups which lead to delaying the launch to today.

As reported by ArabCrunch last week, TweetSMS enables Twitter’s users who no longer can get SMS notifications from Twitter in countries outside USA, Canada, and India.

TweetSMS messages are paid for by credits. 1 Credit = 1p (1 pence in Great British Pounds), which will be converted from your local currency when you purchase them. So If your country is listed as 5 credits, a single SMS message would cost you 5p (or equivalent). Message bundles are currently available in quantities of 100 credits, 200 credits, 500 credits and 1000 credits.

The service is available in 190 countries with different fees. For example fees for some Arab countries are:  Jordan, Oman, Qatar , Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, Yemen , Bahrain, Egypt, and Libya Arab Jamahiriya  4 credits.  U.A.E , Algeria, Iraq, and Lebanon  5 credits, Morocco  7 credits , while Kuwait  8 credits.
For non Arab countries Australia, Denmark and Japan 4 credits, Norway 5 credits, France and Italy 8 credits.
To view TweetSMS full price list go here.

twitMobile LOGO

Another service that enables Twitter 2 way SMS in countries that do not have it for free is twitMobile which is already live since around a week or so, twitMobile seems to have cheaper rates than TweetSMS in some countries. They have same credit charge, 1 penny per credit. The following countries have cheaper rates than TweetSMS: UAE, Kuwait, and Norway 4 credits, while Australia 3 credit, full countries price list can be found here.

ZygotTweet

ZygoTweet  is another solution for SMS Tweeting, but they have not launched yet.
In Jordan it will cost me 4 Penny per message with TweetSMS, around 6 Jordanian Piaster. Which is the same price for sending SMS to an international mobile  number, while to a Jordanian mobile number it cost 3 Piaster , though the price is reasonable, I’d rather wait tell TweetSMS or any other startup enable free ad supported SMS. But If I get a Zain Jordan number I might use Watwet reviewed earlier by ArabCrunch here.

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    […] outside USA, Canada and UK, you no longer can get your twitter friends update via SMS,  yhough a number of starups came along to offer you twitter SMS but with hefty charge per SMS  . Well that change now if you use Brightkite (BK)- which is still in privet beta- because BK now […]

  2. mohammad  |  June 25th, 2009 at 10:06 AM #

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  3. George  |  December 29th, 2009 at 12:13 PM #

    Twe2 and others are not working any more..

    Now I am using http://www.twitteralerts.net to get Twitter posts via SMS, Email or Yahoo Messenger.
    It really works and is free.

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