Facebook has partnered Aircel, a mobile phone service provider in India, to launch “Facebook Voice Updates” to Aircel’s subscribers.
According to Digitizor, Aircel subscribers could update their Facebook status by dialing 51555, and after keying in their Facebook login credentials, they can record their message which will be posted to their Facebook.
ReadWriteWeb suggested that the reason for introducing this feature first in India instead of US, is probably due to the lower smartphone adoption among youths in India, making the ability to update their Facebook status without having to connect to the Internet more attractive in India.
In fact, I think that this option may never take off in more (Internet) connected regions. Think about it, would you want to listen to your friend’s status update? It is inconvenient and more time-consuming than reading.