Twitter is partnering Singapore-based U2opia Mobile to make its service available to entry-level mobile phones that are unable to access the Internet.
Users will only need to dial a code to receive a Twitter feed of the popular trending topics based on their location, Sumesh Menon, chief executive and co-founder of U2opia Mobile, told Reuters.
This is achieved through the use of a telecom protocol named USSD, or Unstructured Supplementary Service Data, used by U2opia. As USSD does not allow the viewing of pictures, videos or other graphics, USSD is a "good vehicle for Twitter since Twitter is a very text-driven social network," said Menon.
Menon added that the service will be launched in the first quarter of next year.
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