Facebook without internet! Yes it is.Singapore-based software applications developer U2opia Mobile has developed a new application for mobile phones that will allow them to access Facebook on all kind of handsets without paying for a data connection.This is based on the USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Data) technology.
This USSD is nothing but the same technology used telecom operators to send alerts to their users that inform them about their balance at the end of call or for sending miss call alerts.This USSD based facebook service allows viewing news feeds, commenting on or liking news feed stories, posting on friends’ walls, confirming friend requests, viewing notifications and adding friends.
Airtel is the first to provide this service.Airtel users across India can use this service and get free from data charges.Airtel users can dial *325# and *fbk# (for non-qwerty mobile handsets) to access Facebook without subscribing to data plans.Airtel charges ₹1 a day for using this service.
This service would be great for low end mobile device users and are targeted upon them.
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