DSA News for free on Twitter
Customers of two of Britain’s biggest mobile networks can now get the latest news from the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) straight to their mobile phone – free of charge.
The DSA is already using the popular microblogging site Twitter to keep almost 700 subscribers – or ‘followers’ – updated via the internet.
Now O2 and Vodafone are allowing customers to receive Twitter messages, known as ‘tweets’, as free text messages to their mobiles.
It means you can get latest DSA news wherever you are and at the times which suit you.
The DSA have so far used Twitter to highlight upcoming changes to the Theory Test, the introduction of Driver CPC, the new Enhanced Rider Scheme campaign, to give advice on test bookings and to advertise their attendance at various shows and events.
Set up your mobile phone
To receive this service, you’ll need to subscribe to Twitter at twitter.com. Then when you’ve created your account, head to your account settings on the Twitter website, and activate your mobile phone. All you need to do then is:
- text the code that Twitter gives you to 86444 – you’ll get a confirmation text message back to say that your phone has been activated
- update your profile settings on the web to select the times you want to receive text messages from Twitter – for example, you could turn them off between 8.00 pm and 8.00 am
- text ‘ON DSAgovuk’ to 86444 to turn on texts for DSA’s tweets – you’ll get a text back to confirm it’s done
It really is as simple as that. If you want to stop getting text alerts at any time, just text ‘OFF’ to 86444.
O2 and Vodafone customers can send tweets from their phone too, for the same cost as a normal text message.
At the moment customers of other mobile phone networks cannot receive tweets on their phone as text messages.
Disclaimer: Twitter doesn’t charge anything for text messaging, but standard text messaging rates or bundles may apply from your network. Please check with your network provider if you’re not sure how this affects you. The DSA cannot be held responsible for any costs incurred by using Twitter on your mobile phone.