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Phones without internet will soon be able to access Twitter

Nurdianah Md Nur | Dec. 9, 2013
Users simply need to dial a code to receive Twitter feed of the popular trending topics

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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