facebookAirtel subscribers in India can now access Facebook on their mobile phones without any GPRS or 3G data plans. The service is based on Fonetwish which was developed by U2opia Mobile, a Singapore based social and mobile applications provider company.

This service uses Unstructured Supplementary Data (USSD). USSD is mainly used by telecom companies to send alerts to their users that inform them about their balance at the end of call, sending balance information on enquiry or for sending miss call alerts.

Airtel users can dial *325# (*fbk#) on their mobile handsets to access Facebook without subscribing GPRS or 3G data plans.

Below are some of the points you should be aware of before using this service:

1. This technology does not support graphics so the users will see all the updates in text only.
2. Users can update their Facebook status through this USSD service free of cost.
3. Rs 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 as well as adding friends).

Currently only Airtel offers this service in India. No update regarding this service have been received from other telecom companies.

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[via The Economic Times & TechLineInfo]
  • great news :)thanks for sharing namit and what about other operators

    • No update regarding this service have been received from other telecom companies yet.

  • benoy

    thats a very useful piece of information shared… jus wanted to knw one thing wid wider clarity abt the charges…
    is it that re 1 per day will be chrged only if we chose the full feature application, n how is that we gonna select the version.?.?

    • Sorry friend, I was unable to test this service myself as I don’t have any Airtel mobile, so I cant answer your query with that clarity. As per the info I have got you will be charged Rs 1, only if you choose to get the full features. And regarding the selection option, I have no info about it. Please try it yourself and also let us know. Thanks. Cheers. :-)

  • Man i wish we had this in the Philippines too.. Lucky you people.. haha..

    • This is just a beginning. This technology will surely reach everywhere in the world just like the Facebook, very soon.

  • Great news. Is thre any information about twitter? Can we use Twitter too using this method?

    • Hey Pradeep, currently this technology only supports Facebook. However Twitter offers various options for mobile users. Search its help center for the keyword “mobile” to know more. Cheers. :-)

    • yes you can do by dialling *515# from your phone