Twitter Cancels Outbound Text Tweets to Canadians

November 27th, 2008 at 12:00 am

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Twitter is a lifestreaming-microblogging service and it’s primarily used to update everybody what exactly you’re doing right now. It does work pretty well for people tied down on their computers all day and not living any social life. However, for the normal people who do go out and keep Tweeting, Twitter has a mobile service that allows them to send and receive Tweets via SMS on their mobile phones.

Actually the mobile system of Twitter works perfectly. Unfortunately, it’s not free for Twitter. The company actually pays subscriptions to mobile carriers around the world so they can keep on sending Tweets from their servers to the mobile users. For most countries, their phone bill is bearable and affordable. For Canada, it’s a different thing.

Twitter is canceling their outbound SMS Tweeting service to their Canadian patrons. The reason for which is simple, high phone bills. Apparently, Twitter’s service provider in Canada have been jacking up their SMS rates consequently doubling Twitter’s phone bill.

Unexpected changes in our billing have forced us into a difficult situation with our Canadian SMS service. We can’t afford to support this service given our current arrangement with our providers (where costs have been doubling for the past several months.) As a result, effective today we are no longer delivering outbound SMS over our Canadian shortcode (21212). [Twitter Status]

Nonetheless, Twitter will be keeping the 21212 shortcode and will be accepting inbound Tweets from Canadians. It’s only half the service Twitter really is but in these dire economic times and the Canadians hiking up their prices, what choice do they really have?