3rd September, 2010
Zain Nigeria has introduced a special service that enables mobile phone users to keep upÂ with the latest trends, news, business tips and gossips on leading social networking sitesÂ such as Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo via SMS (short message service).
The new Social Networking services will help users rise above the barrier of internet dataÂ access and enjoy a quick link up with friends, former school-mates, colleagues and notableÂ personalities amongst others, on Facebook, Twitter and Yahoo simply by sending SMS toÂ specified numbers
According to Deepak Srivastava, Zain Nigeriaâ€™s Chief Operating Officer, the new servicesÂ demonstrate the companyâ€™s commitment to enhancing customersâ€™ lifestyles by providingÂ alternate means of blogging and social networking irrespective of the availability ofÂ internet data access on the PC or on data-enabled handsets.
Facebook is a social networking service that provides an avenue to connect friends, family,Â and business associates. It is the largest of the social networking community which allowsÂ users to add other users as friends and send messages to them, update their personalÂ profiles with pictures and messages, receive comments from friends, and several otherÂ exciting ways of using the service.
Twitter is a social networking and macro blogging service that enables its users to send andÂ read messages known as tweets. Tweets are text based post of up to 140 characters displayedÂ on the authorâ€™s profile page and delivered to the authorâ€™s subscribers who are known asÂ followers.
Zainâ€™s Twitter SMS service is designed to create direct access to tweets from customersâ€™Â mobile phones especially where there is no data access or they do not have data-enabledÂ handsets. With Zainâ€™s twitter SMS, subscribers can receive TWITTER notifications, tweet andÂ update their profiles directly on their phones via SMS.
Yahoo Open Chat is an SMS-based service which enables customers to send and receive YahooÂ chat messages, without the need for internet access. This service is exclusive to prepaidÂ customers who have valid existing and operational yahoo accounts i.e. valid Yahoo user nameÂ and password.
To enjoy the Facebook SMS service, customers are expected to send â€œONâ€ to 40405 to activateÂ the service on their phones, and follow all subsequent instructions.
On how to connect to the Twitter Service, he said, customers are required to send an SMSÂ with the word, â€˜STARTâ€™ to 40404.
Srivastava said that customers can connect to the Yahoo Open Chat service by sending theÂ letter L followed by Customerâ€™s Username space Password to the short code: 38660, that is, LÂ haykay2005 XXXXX to 38660, saying that customers are advised not to include @yahoo.com atÂ the end of username.
The first three days of activating Yahoo Open Chat is free while customers are billed N100Â for subsequent three days. Twitter and Facebook SMS cost N9 and N10 respectively per SMS