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Facebook Launches App for Not-so-Smartphones

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Apps aren't just for smartphones!

Perhaps you don’t see the need for a smartphone, but can’t help but go green with envy whenever a friend whips out his phone to update his Facebook status on the go. Well, maybe the social network’s latest endeavour will give you the best of both worlds: Facebook on your dumbphone!

Facebook yesterday revealed the launch of a new mobile app that will allow users of some of the most popular cell phones in the world access to Facebook. Compatible with more than 2,500 handsets from manufacturers such as Nokia, Sony Ericsson, and LG, the app offers easier navigation of the homepage, contact synchronization, friend updates and more.

Developed in a close collaboration with Snaptu, the app will be available on selected networks in the following countries: Sri Lanka, the Ukraine, Poland, Singapore, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong, Tunisia, Dominican Republic and Romania. Future launches are scheduled for Canada, India, Mexico, Brazil and Bulgaria. Facebook has also cooperated with operators in the 14 countries listed above to ensure users don’t incur any data charges for the first 90 days. This means you can try it out, and, if you don’t like it, ditch it before it costs you any money.

Facebook plans to bring the app to more countries and carriers as time goes by, so we’ll update you if we hear of anything about the U.S. or UK.

Read more about the app on the Facebook Blog.

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    The Greater Good , January 21, 2011 5:10 AM
    So the app's name is, "Not-So-Smartphones?"
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    bobusboy , January 21, 2011 5:11 AM
    The grammar in this articles title is really weird.
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    kriswitak , January 21, 2011 6:41 AM
    I think it's supposed to read, "Facebook Launches App for Not-so-Smartphones".
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    Parsian , January 21, 2011 7:06 AM
    google plz censor facebook
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    eddieroolz , January 21, 2011 7:33 AM
    Thanks, but no facebook is best facebook.
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    mlopinto2k1 , January 21, 2011 9:34 AM
    How many people from those countries read Tom's Hardware Guide?
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    Anonymous , January 21, 2011 10:24 AM
    At least one:) )
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    Anonymous , January 21, 2011 10:40 AM
    a lot more people than you think.Here's another one:-)
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    tmk221 , January 21, 2011 11:34 AM
    mlopinto2k1How many people from those countries read Tom's Hardware Guide?

    Alexik586At least one)


    that's two :) 

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    Painmaker , January 21, 2011 12:50 PM
    Make that three. Greetings from Bulgaria
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    bv90andy , January 21, 2011 1:15 PM
    mlopinto2k1How many people from those countries read Tom's Hardware Guide?

    And Romania

    Also I have a dumb phone and I'm proud of it. But I don't need Facebook, sorry. Also my phone has opera on it and it loads any webpage perfectly fine, including, probably, facebook.
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    JMcEntegart , January 21, 2011 1:19 PM
    bv90andyAnd RomaniaAlso I have a dumb phone and I'm proud of it. But I don't need Facebook, sorry. Also my phone has opera on it and it loads any webpage perfectly fine, including, probably, facebook.


    Opera is the business for dumbphone users, in my opinion. Before I entered the world of smartphones I used an old Sony Ericsson slider with Opera and a java Gmail app and I had zero problems!
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    Marco925 , January 21, 2011 2:23 PM
    You can now stalk anyone, anywhere, with ANY phone!
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    belardo , January 21, 2011 4:44 PM
    There are other countries besides America, UK, Iraq and China?

    Next, people will be saying that Canada is a country.
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    vittau , January 21, 2011 5:10 PM
    mlopinto2k1How many people from those countries read Tom's Hardware Guide?
    Brazil here. I know it's hard to believe, but there's actually more to this country than just rainforests, hot chicks and Carnival... ¬¬
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    ubergeek , January 21, 2011 5:22 PM
    Until they launch it on the Commodore 64, I am not getting it!
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    belardo , January 21, 2011 5:43 PM
    ubergeekUntil they launch it on the Commodore 64, I am not getting it!


    You can run a C64 emulation on the iPhone... so in theory...
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    mlopinto2k1 , January 21, 2011 8:01 PM
    I guess I put my foot in my mouth on that one! Hah!
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    randomizer , January 21, 2011 9:50 PM
    What about Australia? My phone only has WAP/GPRS and a 1-inch screen! :lol: 
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    Reynod , January 21, 2011 10:49 PM
    Oztralia was recently discovered by an explorer called Oprah.

    An odd sort of a woman as she seemed unable to speak unless there were two cameras pointed at her.

    We showed her all of the nice tourist places and hopefully the koalas didn't give her clamydia.

    We had to fit a second mobile cell phone repeater nearby her "guard of honour" as her 307 friends and 197 staff were all permanently attached to their cell phones.

    Evidently Americans can't communicate without them ... or a camera.

    They all seemed pretty nice though we are not sure if we are going to approve Jerry Springer doing a similar show here this year as he wants to interview all of the hookers and my sister isn't keen on it, though my aunty is ... once she gets her new teeth.
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