Already available on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Nextel, Boost, Virgin USA, and Cellular South, Facebook SMS service has just launched for T-Mobile users in the United States. Now, T-Mobile subscribers are able to sign up for Facebook’s SMS messaging service by activating their phone number in their Facebook Mobile settings.
Facebook’s business development team has been very busy recently building relationships with mobile carriers around the world. So far, Facebook SMS service is live on 36 carriers in 21 countries. The full list of carriers and countries where Facebook SMS is now live is below.
With Facebook’s SMS service, users can receive text message notifications when they receive Facebook messages, wall posts, status comments, friend requests, photo tags, or pokes. Users can restrict what times of day text messages are sent, as well as set a maximum number of text messages per day they want to receive.
In addition, Facebook recently launched three new SMS services for Facebook Pages as well. Now, users can become a fan of a Page by texting “fan username” to FBOOK, and fans can subscribe to SMS updates from Pages by clicking the “Subscribe to SMS Updates” link under the profile picture on any page. Page owners can now update their status through SMS as well.
SMS is an important component of Facebook’s mobile services, which collectively serve over 30 million users each month, according to Facebook. Mobile usage patterns vary greatly from country to country, but mobile is playing an increasingly important role in Facebook’s growth and engagement metrics in many countries around the world.
Here’s the full list of countries where Facebook has launched SMS service, and the carriers they have partnered with so far in each country:
- Bell Mobility
- Virgin Mobile Canada
- Entel PCS
- Tata Indicom
- Vip operator
- Wataniya Telecom Maldives
- Pro Monte
- New Zealand Telecom
- Warid Telecom
- Dialog Telecom
- Mobitel Sri Lanka
- Virgin USA
- Cellular South
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