This Facebook app was designed to work seamlessly with over 2500 “dumb” phones, generally just those phones with support for mobile Java applications, yet doesn’t run a complete mobile operating system like iOS, Android, WP7, and latest versions of Symbian OS. And the good thing with this new app, Facebook is pushing it in partnership with several Telcos in the world to offer free access to the social networking site for 90 days. Here in the Philippines, Globe Telecom and Smart Communications are listed to offer free data access using the app.
For SMART users, you probably would love to hear that your network confirmed the support of the new service. Sent exclusively to CTB, a rep from SMART said that the network’s subscribers can download and use the said Facebook app from July 15th to October 14th, 2011 – free of charge. Read full quoted message below.
Download and use of all Facebook services within the Facebook Mobile App for Java are FREE for Smart subscribers from Jul 15 to Oct 14, 2011.
However, please take note that clicking on any URL or 3rd party services (e.g. Snapstore) will lead you out of the application. Thus, usual data charges apply. You should have at least P1.00 maintaining balance to use the app. The app may be downloaded by sending FB to 211. Subscribers will receive text confirmation containing the download link of the app.
Also, they may click on the Facebook Mobile Application link in the Smart WAP site. Hope this helps.
Well, that sounds great for SMART!
Unfortunately, one reader commented on my previous post complaining Globe still deducts load credits when using the new Facebook app on his LG Chocolate phone. CTB was able to talk with Globe CSR yesterday and it seemed they have no idea about the service just yet. As of this writing, CTB is still waiting for Globe’s response concerning its confirmation to offer free access to Facebook when using the new app for Java-enabled phones. Just stay tuned!
Update 1: Globe Telecom Don’t Offer Free Access to Facebook through Mobile App for Java
Update 2: Here’s a tutorial on How to Install Mobile App for Java for Unlimited Access to Facebook in Smart network.