Accessing Facebook without Internet or GPRS on mobile is nothing new. Back in May 2011, we reported that a Singapore-based software applications development company, U2opia Mobile, had developed an application for mobile phones that will allow users to access Facebook without paying for a data connection and works well on all handsets.
Now, the application is fully functional, and the company is marketing the product with the name Fonetwish. Facebook India has teamed up with U2opia to allow its Indian user base to access the network for free without requiring any Internet connection. Yes, you can now use Facebook with your old Nokia phone (Including Nokia 1100).
The application 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 the balance inquiry system.
Fonetwish works in a similar fashion. There is no graphical user interface as such, and you cannot view any graphical content. The service can only be used to read/send text based updates.
How to Enable Facebook Fonetwish
Please Note: Fonetwish says that this service is currently available for Airtel, Aircel, Idea and Tata Docomo users in India. Unfortunately, other subscribers will have to wait a little longer.
Dial *325# (*fbk# for non-qwerty phones) 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 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.
Here’s how you to update your status –
Reply with option 2 and wait for a 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.
How to Deactivate or Disable Fonetwish
If in case, you did not find the application user-friendly or if the service is being charged, then you can always disable or deactivate it. Simply dial *325*22# from your mobile and the service should be deactivated immediately. If not, call up your service provider’s customer care and they will take care of it.
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