Mail Tribune debuts text news alerts

Mail Tribune online readers can receive news alerts via their cellular phones beginningWednesday.  The service allows subscribers to receive short text messages from the paper to your phone or email.

The service, provided through TextCaster Inc. of Kansas City, Mo., only requires a registration, although some phone plans may charge a small fee to deliver the messages so check you plan.

The newspaper intends to use the service to tell subscribers about breaking news initially, said Julie Wurth, online editor. The system could expand to include other types of alerts – sports scores, for example – as interest develops.

This might be a good platform for event alerts, deal alerts, emergency road conditions, etc.  Anyone traveling through the region should sign-up for breaking road conditions or storms.  Road conditions on I-5 or cheap concert tickets from the britt.  Online readers can sign up for the text-messaging service at the Mail Tribune home page


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