More than half the world’s population can’t avoid but use Facebook and connect with friends and family the world over. It’s like the in thing these days. People use the social network to connect and interact with friends, read and share news stories, interact with their favorite brands, listen to music, share videos and do lot more than that. So using Facebook everyday has become an addiction and is a must for everyone. But sometimes, while on the go, it can become a little too costly to enter the blue brigade thanks to the overboard prices of mobile operators providing internet connection. But what if now i tell you that you can use Mark Zuckerberg’s social network anytime, anywhere, without the need of a GPRS or internet connection. Interested? Read on.
Singapore-based software application development company U2opia Mobile has long been developing an application for mobile phones that will allow users to access Facebook without paying for a data connection and also that will work well on all handsets. After working for almost 9 months on it, the software is now complete and ready to be used by the fans of the world’s most popular social network after Facebook India agreed to team up with U2opia to allow its Indian user base to access the network for free without requiring any Internet connection. So here’s how you can access Facebook from ANY mobile phone without any internet connection:
Dial *325# (*fbk#) and you will see a welcome message and after a few seconds you will be prompted with another message asking you to enter your username and password.
Once you have entered the username and password correctly, you will be greeted with the following screen –
- News Feed
- Update Status
- Post On Wall
- Friend Request
- Account Settings
You can select any of the above options by replying with the appropriate option number. For example, to update your status, reply with option 2. After few seconds you will see the message “Whats on your mind?”. Reply the message with your status message. You should immediately see the message updated on your Facebook profile.
Likewise, you can also read your News Feed, manage friend request, read Facebook Messages, change account settings, and so on.
Don’t like it? No problem. You can easily disable or deactivate it by simply dialing *325*22# from your mobile and the service should be deactivated immediately.
This software by U20pia is called Fonetwish and has been developed using Unstructured Supplementary Service Data (USSD) technology. Technically, USSD is a protocol used by GSM telephones to communicate with the service providers. The best example for this would be the balance inquiry system used by people to check the balance in their prepaid account – no graphical user interface, only text updates.
Please Note: Fonetwish says that this service is currently available for Airtel, Aircel, Idea and Tata Docomo users only in India. Other subscribers, however, won’t have to wait too long for the service.