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By Chris Dannen | 02-15-2011 | 4:59 PM
Dennis Crowley, Foursquare Co-Founder
LG Optimus 3D
Crowley believes Twitter to be the wireless industry's golden child, and CEO Dick Costolo's prime-time keynote on the first day of MWC would suggest he's right. Crowley says Twitter charmed carriers by offering a service that got users to spend more on text messages and data. Now, it's getting even closer to the industry: The company announced this week that it would use a new IP routing technology to enable smartphones to access Twitter regardless of geographic location or which network users are on. This would make it an actual service on the cellular network, just like SMS. It also announced a partnership with a large carrier named Qtel that covers North Africa, the Middle East, and Asia and enables tweeting via SMS in those regions.