Gemalto, a firm known for digital security, has released it’s SIM card which allows all the GSM phones to have a built-in Facebook client. This allows all phones with minimal features to have access to Facebook, an effort to make the social network a standard on GSM. It is obvious that SIM based client won’t provide as much features as clients on smart-phones do but it will provide you text based menus which will let you carry out basic tasks like status updates, pokes, friend requests, wall posts etc.
A spokesperson for Facebook told the folks at AllFacebook
We worked closely with Gemalto on their Facebook for SIM product and believe it will be another easy and affordable way for people to stay connected through Facebook on the mobile phone of their choice. Facebook for SIM creatively combines technologies from some of our existing mobile solutions that especially are attractive for people with feature phones and have limited or no data plans with a mobile operator. Through the Facebook application on the SIM card people can: Update their status and view comments on it; write on their friends wall; receive notifications; find friends on their SIM phonebook.
The toolkit is part of GSM standards and will hence provide services on every GSM set. Everything will be carried over the class 2 text messages. Class 2 text messages are directly sent without the user intervention.