New: Get Oxford Mail news alerts sent direct to your phone via Whatsapp

Oxford Mail: New: Get Oxford Mail news alerts sent direct to your phone via Whatsapp New: Get Oxford Mail news alerts sent direct to your phone via Whatsapp

OXFORD Mail readers can now sign up to get major breaking news alerts sent direct to their mobile phones with a new service using Whatsapp.

The free service is believed to be a first for a British newspaper using the popular messaging app and readers can subscribe to receive either alerts for news or sport or both categories.

The beauty is that the alerts come straight to you so you are always up to date.

All you have to do is make sure you have Whatsapp downloaded on your phone and send us a text to subscribe.

Whatsapp is one of the fastest growing social media platforms with an estimated 500m users worldwide and the Oxford Mail has chosen it because it works across all smartphone platforms, including iPhone, Android, Windows Phone and Blackberry.

Subscribers will get a morning bulletin of our top stories, any breaking news alerts and pictures, and a summary in the evening of that day's most popular stories online.

In June we are also running a separate alert system for the Jayden Parkinson trial.

Assistant Editor Jason Collie said: “This is an exciting new offering for our readers because it delivers the news directly to them within seconds of us sending an alert.

“People are increasingly reading their news on the go on their phones and this is just a natural fit.

“During our trials it was announced James Constable was leaving Oxford United and so readers knew this instantly after our Whatsapp alert rather than catching up with the news later through Twitter or Facebook.

“It's not designed to replace either of those services but will complement them for people who want to know the major breaking stories of the day immediately.

“However, readers don't need to worry that we will be bombarding them with messages throughout the day. There will only be the two bulletins a day plus only major breaking stories.

“It is likely to evolve over time with different uses because one of the things we discovered during the trial was that alerts about major traffic problems were helpful for readers to dodge any jams.”

Story links contained within the alerts will be for our phone friendly mobile site rather than the full oxfordmail.co.uk site.

Mr Collie added he was hoping readers would also use Whatsapp to send in their news stories and pictures.

The Oxford Mail service uses the broadcast function so readers' details will be kept secret from other users. The Oxford Mail will also not share readers' information with other companies.

 

THE Oxford Mail's new Whatsapp service is free to our readers and takes just a few seconds to join.

  1. Download Whatsapp to your smartphone and ensure Notifications are switched on
  2. Save our Whatsapp number 07767 417704 in your phone as Oxford Mail Whatsapp
  3. Text your full name and either NEWS, SPORT or NEWS & SPORT depending on which alerts you want to 07767 417704. We need those details to ensure you get the alerts you want
  4. In June we are also running an alert service for our coverage of the Jayden Parkinson trial. Text JAYDEN to 07767 417704
  5. Once we've added you to our broadcast list, you're good to go

 

  • Our top stories:

New signing Brown out to entertain U's fans

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 2nd August 2014

Junior Brown is aiming to excite the fans at Oxford United this season after admitting the chance to join was too good to turn down.

Two avoid jail over stolen gold ornaments

Oxford Mail: Oxford Crown Court

9:30am Saturday 2nd August 2014

TWO men who sold stolen solid gold ornaments to a shop which melted them down have avoided jail.

Student whose family was killed recounts unfolding horror of the Gaza conflict

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 2nd August 2014

AN appeal has been launched to help an Oxford Brookes graduate who lost his family in an attack in the Gaza strip to return to the city to finish his studies.

Power tools are taken

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:40am Saturday 2nd August 2014

Copper pipes and power tools were stolen when burglars forced their way into a site in Wallingford.

Ceremony for judge

Oxford Mail: Judge Mary Jane Mowat

8:40am Saturday 2nd August 2014

Judge Mary Jane Mowat has retired after 18 years as circuit judge in Oxford and Reading.

£500k funding for uni's smart glasses

Oxford Mail: Oxford Univesity logo white lettering blue background new logo

8:40am Saturday 2nd August 2014

‘Smart’ glasses designed by Oxford University which help blind people to see have been awarded £500,000 worth of funding.

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