localised, text weather forecasts direct to your mobile
A brand new
service is launched today for sportsmen and women who want a quick and simple
way to gain immediate access to what the weather has in store over the next six
The Met Office
service for Vodafone UK and BT Cellnet users now means that it’s incredibly easy
to download a personalised weather forecast direct to your mobile phone.
Users can receive
a weather forecast for a specific location in the UK by entering a simple code
when sending a text message. Simply type in WTHR4, then a space, followed by a
UK postcode, city, town or village name, then send the message to Vodafone UK
(on 8638) or BT Cellnet (on 2638).
Within a few
minutes you’ll receive a six-hour weather forecast summary, with hour-by-hour
detail, for the exact location you requested; for example, BRACKNELL 27/09/01:
10am- bright dry, 11am-showers, 12pm- showers, 1pm – bright dry, 2pm – bright
dry; 16 to 17;Breezy
costs from just 25p* a message and is added to your monthly phone bill or debited
direct from your airtime voucher.
on Vodafone UK and BT Cellnet comes hot on the heels of the Met Office’s Time
and Place pre-paid service launched last year with great success — winner of the
'Most Innovative Service — Mobile Internet’ award at the highly acclaimed Mobile
News industry event.
Time and Place service allows postcode resolution forecasts, which are updated
hourly and to a 5km radius, via SMS text messaging or WAP on all networks. However,
the new service on Vodafone UK and BT Cellnet makes payment automatic, so there’s
no need to register and pre-pay.
from the Met Office, says: "This service will be welcomed by everyone who
is at the mercy of the UK’s changeable weather, especially those who are planning
an event, taking a day trip, or even thinking of leaving the washing out."
For more information
go to www.metoffice.com
or call the Customer Centre on 0845 300 0300.
costs 25p on BTCellnet and 30p per message on Vodafone, excluding VAT.