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Facebook Mobile goes free for Airtel users

5 Jul

In a move that we think could add a whole new dimension to mobile social networking, Airtel has announced that its subscribers can access the mobile website of Facebook on their handsets without paying a penny until Augist 31. And this ain’t some half-baked proposition to let you access a few features or a few pages, but the full monty itself. Readeth the release that has just landed in our mailboxes: Airtel customers who are Facebook users will be able to post status updates, comment and write on walls, message others, and also be able to view or upload photos – all without any data charges!” And that is not all, users will be able to access the Facebook Mobile site not just in English but also in Hindi, and in five other Indian languages (Punjabi, Bengali, Telugu, Tamil and Malayalam), by July 15 – evidently the first time this has ever happened anywhere.

Henri Moissinac, Head of Mobile Business, Facebook, was justifiably delighted.  “Today, more than 100 million Facebook users around the world access the site through their mobile devices,” he said. “As mobile connectivity in India continues to grow, Airtel’s free offering of our full mobile site enables millions of people – whether they’re currently using Facebook or setting up their profiles for the first time – to connect with their Facebook friends wherever they are.” Shireesh Joshi, Chief Marketing Officer- Mobile Services, Bharti Airtel, was no less pleased. “We are pleased to bring an industry-leading offer to our 130 million plus customers by announcing this long-term partnership with Facebook – the popular social media service,” he said. “Our mobile customers will also be the first in the world to enjoy Facebook on their Airtel mobile in five vernacular languages”

Airtel users with GPRS connections can log in free of cost to http://m.facebook.com, while those who have never used the mobile Internet can SMS ‘Facebook’ to 54321 to get connected. Mobile Facebook users have reason to celebrate. Now we are waiting for the service provider who will let us tweet free of cost.

LG bakes two new cookies, flavours them Cookie Fresh and Cookie Plus

22 Jun

LG has launched two new phones in its Cookie range, the Cookie Fresh (GS290) and the Cookie Plus (GS500v). These two cookies, like the original Cookie (KP500) and the Cookie Pep (GD510), are full touchscreen social networking phones with one touch access to popular social networks like Facebook, Orkut and Twitter.

The LG Cookie Fresh has a 3.0 inch display, 2.0 MP camera with 2X digital zoom and video recording, Bluetooth, 28 MB of internal memory (can be upgraded to 16GB with a microSD card), FM radio, MP3 player and will provide 10 hours of talktime. The handset is priced at Rs 6,199.

The LG Cookie Plus is 3G enabled and runs on LG’s S-class UI. It sports a 3.0 inch WVGA touchscreen display, 3.0 MP camera with video recording, 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio, MP3 player, 30 MB of internal memory expandable up to 8 GB with a microSD card and will offer 10 hours of talktime. The phone also features motion sensing gaming. With the editable screenshot feature, users can draw and write on screen shots and photos before sharing them with their buddies. The LG Cookie Plus is available for Rs 7,999.

HTC wants you to meet your Facebook friends in the real world

21 Jun

What would you do if you got a chance to meet all your Facebook friends together in the real world? Tell that to HTC, which is celebrating the launch of the Wildfire in the UK and one winner would get a chance to make it a reality – yup, the opportunity to bring together all of their Facebook friends for a day!

So this is what you have to do – visit the HTC UK Facebook page and answer the question.

Facebook launches fast and free mobile version on select carriers

18 May

Facebook has just launched its ‘zero’ version for users who access the world’s most popular social networking site on their cellphones. Available in 45 countries across 50 carriers, users will be able to access a lite version of Facebook without being charged for data access. In india, subscribers of RCom and Datacom (Videocon) will be able to do so by pointing their phone’s Internet browser to 0.facebook.com.

This ‘zero’ version is devoid of any photographs but users will be able to update their status, check their newsfeed, like or comment on posts, send and reply to messages or write on their friend’s Wall. Users will be charged for data access in case they want to see photographs.

Subscribers of other carriers can still go to m.facebook.com to view Facebook’s mobile optimised version.