People in Jersey will miss out because Jersey Telecom cannot yet offer the five-digit texting service required to obtain tickets for the huge event.
Yesterday it was announced that five pop concerts spanning the globe will be held on 2 July to raise awareness of the Make Poverty History campaign.
They are being organised by Sir Bob Geldoff, the man behind the Live Aid concerts in 1985, and are coinciding with the G8 summit in Scotland next month, when the world’s eight richest countries meet to discuss world poverty.
Free concerts are to be held in Rome, Paris, Berlin, Philadelphia and in London’s Hyde Park, but the only way to obtain a ticket for the London event – which is to star Sir Paul McCartney, Madonna and U2, among others – is via a text message.
However, it is almost certain that the text messaging service will be a premium-rate five-digit number.
At present, JT does not have a contract with a five-digit text service provider, but it is hoped that one will be set up by the end of the year.
The only way Islanders can enter the competition is by asking a friend in the UK to send the £1.50 text message instead.