Twitter is NOT free on Three

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Don’t believe the hype. After their trial back in February, Three are now offering “free” Twitter if you’re a customer. The only thing is, it’s not flipping free!

Once you register you can set it so you receive texts when certain people you follow post a tweet. This is free. However, you tweet by sending texts to a shortform number (86xxx – something like that) which costs 10p a pop. These texts can’t be part of your contract bundle so you will face this charge even if you have unlimited texts per month.

How they can advertise this as being “free” is beyond me.

If you have an unlimited texts plan, then I still recommend ping.fm – it is free. Sign up, tell it your mobile number and when you text them they forward your posts to Twitter. Or facebook. Or anywhere else they support. The phone number is a genuine UK mobile and I’ve been using them for months so I can promise you they’re included as part of a UK texts package (unlike the actual Twitter number, which is based in the Isle of Man so doesn’t count, resulting in surprise charges on your bill).

They’ll also forward photos you send on to Flickr or facebook, though I prefer to do that via email.

Either way, just make sure you always read small print on things like this. And then wonder how something that costs money can be advertised as being free. Advertising Standards Authority anyone? Mind you, they’re the muppets that let broadband companies advertise “unlimited” capped broadband.

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2 thoughts on “Twitter is NOT free on Three”

  1. The “unlimited” but with misnamed “fair use” limits in the small print, drives me nutty. The ones that especially annoyed me were the Tescos adverts where it starts with a spoof of over-the top adverts which is then interrupted by saying something like “To be honest with you, I’d rather live in a world where people stopped talking nonsense…” It then claims to offer “Unlimited texts” with no mention of the unfair fair use policy. Bah!

  2. Can’t argue with you at all on that one, David. I just think that Three have gone one step further by charging 10p per text for a “free” service!

    Incidentally, their “unlimited” internet included with my current tariff is actually capped at 1Gb. I only found this out as a friend renewed recently and it’s buried in his paperwork. Annoyingly there is no method to found out how much you’ve actually used in a month, as far as I can tell.

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