» Thursday, November 25, 2004

Text Messages

Asked about the Prime Minister’s "mysterious text message business" the PMOS replied that it was not mysterious at all. He said that people texted questions to the Prime minister, and he then replied.
Asked if people would have access to the message exchanges, the PMOS said he thought not, but if people wanted to text the Prime Minister, then they could.

PA then enlightened the lobby by saying that a radio station presenter was going to text the Prime Minister some questions, and he would duly reply to some of them, possibly using predictive text!

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  1. <a href="http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/11/24/pm_sms_chat/">http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/11/24/pm_sms_chat/</a&gt; refers; basically this was a publicity stunt by O2 Active:

    ‘According to the PR release, this is the "first time that a UK politician has used SMS and a mobile chat room to communicate with the public". All you have to do is text PM followed by your query to 80202 and "independent interviewer" Margherita Taylor will then select between 20 or 30 posers with which to challenge the PM at the live event.’

    History does not relate whether O2 Active (a mobile phone company) paid Mr. Blair for his services as mobile-phone agony uncle, but if so an appropriate item will presumably appear in the Register of Members’ Interests in due course.

    Comment by Chris Lightfoot — 25 Nov 2004 on 7:01 pm | Link

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