Airtel Launches USSD Based Facebook Access Service In India

Airtel Launches USSD Based Facebook Access Service In IndiaAirtel today announced that starting today, its 150 million plus customers in India can now simply dial *325# (and “*fbk#” for non-qwerty mobile handsets) to access Facebook  without subscribing to data plans.

To deliver this, Airtel has launched the world’s first USSD-based service innovation that will allow its mobile customers to update their Facebook status messages, view / comment on / ‘Like’ news feed, post on friends’ walls, find / add friends, confirm friend requests, view notifications and much more without using the internet or activating GPRS capabilities.

What can Airtel customers do using USSD-based Facebook access service?

• Update Facebook status for free

• View / comment on / ‘Like’ news feeds, post on friends’ walls, confirm friend requests, view notifications, find and add friends – at Re 1 / day per use.

USSD (Unstructured Supplementary Service Data) is a menu-based system that enables interfacing with content based services. Instead of a browser, which requires an internet / GPRS connection), the USSD menu acts as browser to pull content to the phone.

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wotian's yourhiach onja
June 24, 2014 12:02 pm 12:02 PM


ritu cutipie
October 16, 2013 10:48 am 10:48 AM

How to stop this service plzz ans. Thiss

October 16, 2013 11:17 am 11:17 AM

@ritu cutipie

Dial *121*5# from your number. It will list all the active services. Choose the number you want to de-activate and reply with the same. Confirm de-activation by again replying 1.

ashish bansal
July 16, 2013 2:28 pm 2:28 PM

i have not subscribed to this service. then also it keeps giving me updates that are from Facebook. i have changed my password thrice. i doubt that they are saving my information
(as they said they will not store any of our information) if they are not storing then how are they able to connect to my fb account to give me updates.
it even tells me the birthdays of friends who have currently deactivated their accounts. i need an answer for this nonsense.

February 8, 2013 10:04 pm 10:04 PM

Airtel via USSD should stop fooling around. 1 rupee a day. my shit. They deduct ten buck for 7 days. how do u explain this sir?

Suresh Kumar
May 18, 2011 11:05 pm 11:05 PM
Though it’s an old channel… looking at the kind of handsets Indian market (esp Rural) is having and adoption of GPRS n other data services, USSD can be considered as an excellent way to allow users with low end handsets to use FB! i agree that from usability perspective it’s not that easy to use and ppl might loose interest due to lack of easy to use menus and interactivity… As a step ahead to overcome these limitations… we can very soon see the FB app on STK which can offer more easy to use menus to use FB… and… Read more »
May 18, 2011 5:54 am 5:54 AM

In reliance facebook ( is already free since 1 year either u surf in Reliance 3g or Reliance 2G its totally free…………

May 17, 2011 11:47 pm 11:47 PM

if you have n sms pack nd activated sms update facility of facebuk, dn you cn update nd cment n status…
Get updates automaticaly etc.,via sms
dn y shud v pay rs. 30…

May 17, 2011 11:04 pm 11:04 PM

good news
free acces facebook on airtel

Santu Sovan Mandal
May 17, 2011 8:44 pm 8:44 PM

True. A real backdated application.

May 17, 2011 8:21 pm 8:21 PM

1 more reason added for bal deduction..


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