Airtel-Vodafone, in partnership with the Jersey Met Office, has launched the first automated weather forecast service for mobile telephone customers. The new service will allow users to request the latest weather conditions and forecast by text message from 10p per message or set up a regular message twice a day.
At present the service will be available anywhere in Jersey or Guernsey and offer users the latest weather news before they set off for the airport or harbour or just to the beach. For customers with a regular need to keep an eye on the weather, Airtel-Vodafone offers a detailed 24-hour view, which is updated twice a day, as well as the latest five-day information.
To subscribe to the twice-daily service customers need only send a text message to 77777 and the messages will start. A day’s forecast will arrive conveniently early at 7am while the five-day view arrives at 10am. For customers wanting to know the latest weather immediately, a text to 55555 will result in the latest forecast being delivered direct to their mobile.
Daljit Lobana, of Airtel-Vodafone in the Channel Islands, commenting on the new service, said: “We are excited by this new service both in terms of what can be achieved now but also in the future. The weather plays such an important role for Islanders both for work and leisure and having this accurate information available on your mobile will make access to forecasting so much easier whilst being a valuable safety tool for boat owners.
“Mobile telephones are becoming mobile offices for many of our customers and knowing how the weather will affect their plans for the day and the week is not just interesting, it can be critical. For future development we are working to extend this service for those returning to their homes giving wider roaming access as well.”
Tony Pallot, Principal Meteorological Officer, said: “The Jersey Met Department is pleased to support Airtel-Vodafone in this new initiative. Islanders and businesses continue to want and need an accurate and up to date weather forecast, and this fresh and innovative solution will help satisfy the growing demand for weather information on mobile devices.”