Facebook launches “Facebook for Every Phone”

Although Google+ is trying to erode some market share, Facebook is by far the most popular social media site on the Internet. In order to continue the dominance, the company has launched a program called “Facebook for Every Phone.”  The goal of the project is to give anyone with a phone that supports Java the ability to access the site in order to update statuses and post photos. According to the announcement, the app supports the site's most popular features including news, photos, and inbox. It was also designed to use less bandwidth than other apps, making it more affordable for end users.

In addition to the Java based app, Facebook has partnered with twenty different carriers across fourteen countries to provide free data service for the next 90 days. This ties into the lower data utilization as an attempt to bring users from countries with more expensive coverage into the online world of Facebook. Reliance Mobile in India, for example, charges 98 Indian Rupees per day for 2GB of data. Although the data allotment is high, the daily charge equates to 3038 Indian Rupees or $67.89 per month.

Ironically, even though the program is called “Facebook for Every Phone” many people are complaining that their phone is not supported. There are 2,500 phones that are supported, but the exact list has not been provided.

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It's too early, facebook is just tring to solidified its user base by offering free access to its service.Google+ is nice but its too early. It still has to evolve I believe it has some nice features that will work for some.But right now Facebook is like Windows.

If Facebook would make a damn Android app that actually is good and doesn't constantly have errors and lacks in so many areas they'd be way better off. I am pretty sure people on iOS complain about the same thing. Either way their mobile applications are terrible.

My hd2 is being sent in to be replaced so im stuck with this 2g sony ericsson w300 but it did download and run this facebook app. Not the best graphics, but what do you expect for a 5 year old phone. Does the job until i get my hd2 back.

They could've put more effort into the ui design, because it looks like something from a late 2000's phone imo... seems to be a nice little app though

Desperate move? Against what exactly? Google+ it's just starting, you dont know if that will work, not every google project works.

Doesn't work with Opera browser on Windows Mobile 6.1, not that I need it seeing as I already have a facebook app installed on it.

Hmm, Facebook responds to competition, they are desperate. google launches a copycat service and they are innovative. Remind me again why so many of you use Facebook when you hate it so much?

efjay said,
Hmm, Facebook responds to competition, they are desperate. google launches a copycat service and they are innovative. Remind me again why so many of you use Facebook when you hate it so much?

haha EXACTLY!! i totally agree.. People just hate companies that win.. people complain about facebook like its something they pay 99 bucks a year to be on but go ahead and praise something like mobile me that you used to have to pay for

Wow, this actually does work but is missing one thing. I installed this on a friend's LG Rumor Touch but it doesn't add a shortcut ANYWHERE on their phone. Only way to run it is to go to d.facebook.com/install and reinstall it every time they want to run it. Pretty inconvenient if you ask me.

Nogib said,
Wow, this actually does work but is missing one thing. I installed this on a friend's LG Rumor Touch but it doesn't add a shortcut ANYWHERE on their phone. Only way to run it is to go to d.facebook.com/install and reinstall it every time they want to run it. Pretty inconvenient if you ask me.

On my Samsung Monte it is under Games and More..

Trueblue711 said,
Facebook should improve their lackluster Android app. I can't believe such a wonderfully programmed website has such a bad app.

I wouldn't call facebook 'wonderfully programmed'. But the android app is just plain horrible.

primexx said,
Data is cheaper in Inda than it is in Canada. ><

no.. its 67 dollars for 2 gb.. here 2gb add on is like 15-20 bucks

I don't see the point of this ? Should Activision include Super Nintendo for MW3 as well as PS1 support ? OK there is still a large market of cheap or out of date phones but just look at it. People should just upgrade you can pickup a android phones for £10 a month these days easily.

Gaffney said,
I don't see the point of this ? Should Activision include Super Nintendo for MW3 as well as PS1 support ? OK there is still a large market of cheap or out of date phones but just look at it. People should just upgrade you can pickup a android phones for £10 a month these days easily.

not really it depends, here the "MOST" accesible smartphone its a BB 8520 which its crap and its tied with a 2 year contract.

i wish android phones its affordable which its not.

Ironically, even though the program is called “Facebook for Every Phone” many people are complaining that their phone is not supported. There are 2,500 phones that are supported, but the exact list has not been provided.

In all fairness, that's a very large number of handsets supported, even if it's not "Facebook for every phone". Hell, most developers out there only support 1 phone!

Majesticmerc said,

In all fairness, that's a very large number of handsets supported, even if it's not "Facebook for every phone". Hell, most developers out there only support 1 phone!

Well, Java's a platform that runs on many phones. Write an app for Java phones, and it'll probably work with most Java phones. It's pretty cross-platform.

andrewbares said,
Well, Java's a platform that runs on many phones. Write an app for Java phones, and it'll probably work with most Java phones. It's pretty cross-platform.

Advantage : Java is cross-platform
Disadvantage : Java is so slow that it is almost unusable

I'm happy with my iPhone app so far…

PyX said,

Advantage : Java is cross-platform
Disadvantage : Java is so slow that it is almost unusable

I'm happy with my iPhone app so far…

well freaking obviously.. its not meant for iphone users.. its meant for people that have an old phone and just want to get on facebook once and a while..

PyX said,

Advantage : Java is cross-platform
Disadvantage : Java is so slow that it is almost unusable

I'm happy with my iPhone app so far…

The phone is slow dont blame java.

PyX said,

Disadvantage : Java is so slow that it is almost unusable

that comment would have made sense in before 2000.

but the thing is, Java has come a long way since it's early days, and it's not slow anymore.

smooth3006 said,
you guys ever hear the term the bigger they are the harder they fall? ... yeah

This is clearly a desperate move by FB and you can see that. You will see them fall, soon...

Apalis said,

This is clearly a desperate move by FB and you can see that. You will see them fall, soon...

so when facebook gives away things for free its a desperate move but when google does it everyone talks about how they are awesome..

smooth3006 said,
you guys ever hear the term the bigger they are the harder they fall? ... yeah

The harder they fall to what? Google+? Yea that not going to happen anytime soon.

Doli said,

The harder they fall to what? Google+? Yea that not going to happen anytime soon.

You do realize that Google+ already has 10 million users in less than 2 weeks right? And it's not open to public yet. It's invites only.

Facebook is scared sh**less. When you use Google+ for the first time, and you will, you will realize how powerful and how much better it is than anything out there.. It's Facebook and Twitter combined and MORE.

^^^^
However I've noticed it seems to be the trend to get google+ then use facebook anyway. Nobody (on my account) actually uses google+, they just want it lol.

Boz said,

You do realize that Google+ already has 10 million users in less than 2 weeks right? And it's not open to public yet. It's invites only.

Facebook is scared sh**less. When you use Google+ for the first time, and you will, you will realize how powerful and how much better it is than anything out there.. It's Facebook and Twitter combined and MORE.

And how many of those people use it exclusively? How many have totally stopped using Facebook? They will probably end up living side by side, much like Facebook and Twitter do now. I very much doubt it will make even a small dent in Facebooks market share

Tk1917 said,
And how many of those people use it exclusively? How many have totally stopped using Facebook? They will probably end up living side by side, much like Facebook and Twitter do now. I very much doubt it will make even a small dent in Facebooks market share

Exactly. I have to admit, the Google fans are very unified in getting people to adopt all things Google, but having an account doesn't make you an active user. I'm guessing a good number of people tried it for a few days, realized many of their friends that they asked have no intentions of wanting to bother with it, and stopped using it.

Google+ did introduce some neat stuff, but it's kinda stuff I'd have expect Facebook to eventually roll in anyway. MySpace was easy to beat because the company just didn't move fast and always kept a terrible layout. Facebook at least updates pretty frequently, and changes the site design at least once a year. Trying to get people to go for a Facebook alternative, is like trying to get people to use a YouTube alternative.

Boz said,

You do realize that Google+ already has 10 million users in less than 2 weeks right? And it's not open to public yet. It's invites only.

Facebook is scared sh**less. When you use Google+ for the first time, and you will, you will realize how powerful and how much better it is than anything out there.. It's Facebook and Twitter combined and MORE.

The 10 million is not official. And how many of them are going to continue to use Google+? Just as people use google+, more people will join FB too. I am a FB user and i am using google+ and it does not even come close to FB in terms of functionality as of now.

spenumatsa said,

The 10 million is not official. And how many of them are going to continue to use Google+? Just as people use google+, more people will join FB too. I am a FB user and i am using google+ and it does not even come close to FB in terms of functionality as of now.

Well it won't match the functionality of Facebook as of now as it's still in beta I have a Google+ Account and am trying to actively use it as well as Facebook.

Google+ works well even though it's in beta and it's refreshing not to be bombared with app / game requests

Boz said,

You do realize that Google+ already has 10 million users in less than 2 weeks right? And it's not open to public yet. It's invites only.

Facebook is scared sh**less. When you use Google+ for the first time, and you will, you will realize how powerful and how much better it is than anything out there.. It's Facebook and Twitter combined and MORE.

Google+ is going to require people to make list. I don't think people are going to do it. Circles will get too big, people won't update circles and it will just be a huge mess for many people. Facebook does a good job keeping me updated on my friends I interact with the most. I just don't have faith that people would leave all their stuff on Facebook. People are way more connected on Facebook than they were on MySpace.

Will it work on my old Nokia 3510 since it's "Facebook for Every Phone"?

PS Would be nice if they finally pushed that iPad app out the door...

.Neo said,
PS Would be nice if they finally pushed that iPad app out the door...

So you bought an iPad in the end?

The screenshots look hideous as opposed to the iPhone version of this...

.Neo said,
Will it work on my old Nokia 3510 since it's "Facebook for Every Phone"?

3510(i) has support for Java Midlets so the answer would be yes ;-)