Twitter SMS in Africa, Free in Kenya at the moment

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And now Twitter mobile texting is right back. In Kenya the short code is A big sign how  serious twitter is now taking their operations in Africa.  Whiteafrican‘s  blog has some great insight about twitter’s on and off  Sms service in Africa. They shut down the service in 2008 and now they are back

The Twitter team is working on relationships for expanding SMS service throughout a lot of countries in Africa. How those deals are structured with the network operators and why they’re slow in coming online with the service isn’t yet known.

Short codes for some of the African countries:

Nigeria: 40404 (Zain); 20644 (Glo Mobile)
Kenya: 8988 (Safaricom)
Madagascar: 40404 (VIP)

Do you know how to setup twitter sms on your phone?  Well, Mwirigi has a brilliant peace on how to do that here.

SMS charged at … zero? Free .. Ok so far i have sent 2 tweets  from nokia 3310 and  no charges. Actually my phone has zero balance.

I have also received all the twitter mentions and RTs on my phone….interesting

What is your opinion on the topic?
Kennedy Kachwanya
Lead Blogger at Kachwanya.com
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Kennedy Kachwanya is a technology blogger interested in mobile phones both smart and dumb, mobile apps, mobile money, social media, startups ecosystem and digital Savannah. New media must not forget the strength of old tech.
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