Friday, 22 July 2011

Access Face Book on Mobile with no internet

Access Face book on Mobile with no internet

Singapore based software applications developer ‘U2opia Mobile’ has developed a new application for mobile phones that will allow users to access Face book on all types of handsets without paying for a data connection.

The working principle and USSD Technology

USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Data) technology will enable users to access Face book without having a GPRS connection on their phones. This is used by telecom players to send alerts to their users that inform them about their balance at the end of a call or for sending missed call alerts.

USSD is a session-based communication. It has significantly faster response times, and is more suited for content-based and interactive applications. It functions somewhat like a menu-based browser. The technology is unique to GSM, and is a built-in way to transmit data over signal channels.

The technology will not provide access to graphics but it will help users send and view updates on their friends' Face book walls. It is like SMS and hence, the load on the network is negligible. There are build-in commands through which a user can receive alerts on activity happening on his wall as well post an update.


U2opia launched this application on May 17th with Indian telecom major Bharti Airtel.
 Airtel customers can update their Face book status through this USSD service free of cost, Re.1 per day
will be applicable for accessing the full-feature application, which enables viewing news feeds, commenting on or ‘liking' news feed stories, posting on friends' walls, confirming friend requests,
viewing notifications and finding and adding friends.

As per the statement, “Airtel users can dial *325# and *fbk# for non-qwerty mobile handsets to access  Facebook without subscribing to data plans”


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