In a recent development, Twitter has partnered with Singapore-based startup, U2opia Mobile to make its service available to users with phones without internet access in emerging markets.
U20pia is a Singapore-based startup and has similar tie-up with Facebook and Google, providing users access to Facebook and Google Talk on mobile without a data connection.It is an obvious fact that a huge number of mobile phone users in emerging markets still don’t have access to the internet and according to reuters, more than 11 million people use U2opia’s Fonetwish service.
Reuters reports chief executive and co-founder Sumesh Menon as saying it will launch its Twitter service in the first quarter of next year.
Users will be required to dial a simple code to get a feed of the popular trending topics on Twitter.
U2opia Chief Executive and Co-founder Sumesh Menon said that the company uses a telecom protocol named USSD, or Unstructured Supplementary Service Data, which does not allow viewing of pictures, videos or other graphics.
Sumesh Menon also said that eight out of 10 people in emerging markets are still not accessing data on their phone, he said.
U2opia, which is present in 30 countries in seven international languages, will localize the Twitter feed according to the location of the user.
U2opia biggest markets are Africa and South America, partners with telecom carriers such as Telenor, Vodafone and Bharti Airtel Ltd