Zong became the second company after Mobilink to partner up with Twitter so that the users can use twitter and tweet right from their mobile phones with SMS. So now Twitter users who own a Zong connection can tweet, receive updates, send direct messages and retweet. SMS ‘Start’ from your Zong to 40404 to activate the service.
Officially twitter SMS service for Zong customers has started in Pakistan now. As per the blogs ninja.pk and propakistani, it is stated that the normal SMS rates apply while using twitter sms based services and if you have activated any SMS bundle/bulk package then SMS is free. I have not tested it myself on Zong connection, so unable to give you surity about this. But what I believe is that SMS send to special short codes are not included in the free bulk sms packages. All the SMS to short codes by all cellular companies in Pakistan are charged at Rs.1+tax per sms at least (which obviously vary depending on service being utilized, but at least the charges are Rs.1+tax.)
@mudassarijaz on twitter just confirmed me that he has the SMS bundle/bulk package of Zong, and tweeting with SMS on Zong is totally free for him.
How to activate Twitter SMS on Zong?
- Simply SMS ‘start‘ to 40404.
- The replied back SMS will guide you if you are an existing twitter user or you want to signup with a new account on twitter.
How to use Twitter from SMS commands?
- FOLLOW username: Start following a user
- UNFOLLOW username: Stop following a user
- ON/OFF: Turn all Tweet notifications on or off
- ON/OFF username: Set Tweet notifications for a user on or off (you’ll still be following them even if you set it to off)
- GET username: Shows you the latest tweet from any user
- RT username: Retweet a user’s latest tweet
- FAV username: Favorite a user’s latest tweet
- D username your-message: Send a direct message to a user