Tata Docomo , the GSM Brand of Tata Teleservices Limited and first private 3G Service provider in India starts USSD-Based Access services to Facebook and Twitter for its prepaid and postpaid subscribers. Unstructured Supplementary Service Data ( USSD ) is a menu-based system that enables interfacing with content based services. It means instead of using a mobile web-browser to open and browse a website, which need an internet / GPRS connection, the USSD service acts as a browser interface to pull content to your phone. So you don’t need any internet connection and it significantly reduce your cost of using this services.
TataDocomo users can now dial *325# and *515# from there mobile and they will able to access Facebook and Twitter using the USSD service. Using this service you can read and post status updates, post comments, poke, like, tweet on Facbook and Twitter. For using this USSD service users have to subscribe a package for Rs. 1/Day.
Twitter through USSD
In order to subscribe and use Twitter, the Docomo subscriber’s can dial *515#. This will bring up a twitter landing page,where you have to provide the Twitter details ( login and password ), and after logging in you can begin tweeting. Note that you will be charged Rs 1/day for using this service.
Facebook through USSD
Similarly to use Facebook , you have to dial *325# . This will bring up a Facebook landing page,where you have to provide the Facebook details ( login and password ), and after logging in you can begin posting status update, commenting , reading others posts etc. Note that you will be charged Rs 1/day for using this service.
Earlier this year Airtel has also introduced USSD based access to Facebook , so it seems the Indian telecom operators are keen to provide social networking access to their users, thus bringing more innovative and useful services to mobile customers in India.
Have you tried this service? Do comment how do you feel using it.