Facebook Launches SMS Service for T-Mobile Users in the United States

tmobile-facebook-logoAlready 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:


  • Claro


  • 3


  • Tigo


  • Bell Mobility
  • Fido
  • Rogers
  • SaskTel
  • MTS
  • Virgin Mobile Canada


  • Entel PCS


  • Tigo


  • 3
  • AXIS
  • Telcomsel


  • Tata Indicom


  • Vip operator


  • Wataniya Telecom Maldives


  • Pro Monte

New Zealand

  • New Zealand Telecom




  • Telenor
  • Warid Telecom


  • Claro
  • Tigo
  • Personal


  • Telenor

South Africa

  • Vodacom

Sri Lanka

  • Dialog Telecom
  • Mobitel Sri Lanka

United Kingdom

  • O2
  • 3
  • Orange

United States

  • AT&T
  • Verizon
  • Sprint
  • Nextel
  • Boost
  • Virgin USA
  • Helio
  • Cellular South
  • T-Mobile


  • Claro

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13 Responses to “Facebook Launches SMS Service for T-Mobile Users in the United States”

  1. Jamie Ellis says:

    Abit annoying when they support only a portion of a multinational brand/telecommunications company

    They should really add T-Mobile UK and Virgin Mobile UK (both which has US arms which that is officially supported)

    Also should add Vodaphone who is a big player in the network provider world
    Vodaphone biggest markets include UK, Ireland and Australia but Vodaphone is in 25 markets – HQ is UK

    UK ‘Multinational’ Mobile Network Market:
    Orange (France & UK) as the main ones. The HQ is in France http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_(brand)
    O2 as in Telefónica Europe includes several European States (including UK and Ireland) and also O2 Asia. Global HQ is in the UK
    T-Mobile (T-Mobile Austria, T-Mobile Germany, T-Mobile USA, T-Mobile UK, T-Mobile Netherlands, T-Mobile Czech Republic, T-Mobile Poland, T-Mobile Hungary, T-Mobile Croatia and T-Mobile Slovakia) Global HQ = Germany
    3: (Australia, Austria, Denmark, Hong Kong and Macau, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Sweden, and the United Kingdom.) HQ = Hong Kong
    Virgin Mobile: US, Canada, France, India, South Africa and UK operations. HQ is the UK

  2. Paco DeArmond says:

    I am glad that Facebook finally launched th service for t-mobile, but there is a problem: T-Mobile doesn’t like 8-digit numbers. If I try to send to one, it fails. 8-digit numbers are required to read long messages, post comments, and many other things. (It uses FBOOK001, FBOOK002, etc.)

  3. melody says:

    Yes, T-Mobile doesnt like you sending out a text to a short number. T-Mobile told me the only way I could send messages to Facebook was to buy an internet plan, which I didn’t. You CAN send a photo from your T-Mobile phone as a text message. When you sign in to Facebook, click on settings, and then on mobile, then click on go to Facebook Mobile, which is on top right. You have a private email that you can upload pictures to. You then can send photo with text to Facebook and it will post as your status. Unfortunately, I do not see how anyone can comment on it and it sends back to your phone, but if you are just wanting to post something for everyone to know, this is a great way to do it. Say, you are at the hospital and want to post about the birth of your child.

  4. Vodafone UK Offering One Week Of Free Mobile Access To Facebook says:

    [...] Friday also marks the beginning of Facebook text alerts. Customers can receive SMS alerting them when someone pokes them, adds them as a friend, sends them a message or writes on their wall – the usual Facebook text alerts. Facebook continues to work with mobile carriers to roll out support for its SMS services – just last week, T-Mobile launched Facebook SMS alerts to customers in the United States. [...]

  5. Toine H says:

    Facebook is working for tmobile but when i try to update my status or comment on somebodys status that i subscribed to it doesnt let me. but recieving is perfect. i hope this changes soon because it is annoying to have to go to the site. but i have a facebook application on my phone so it really isnt a big deal since i can just go directly to that and respond to the message. so right now the only thing i am using for facebook sms is the subscribed status’

  6. stephen says:

    i love facebook

  7. GetJar Helps Facebook Distribute One Million Mobile Apps A Week | GoSocial.dk - Social Media Marketing says:

    [...] So, while Facebook’s iPhone app continues to be the single most popular mobile app, having grown quickly to nearly 15 million monthly active users today, GetJar appears to be spurring growth in the “long tail” of the mobile app world. We don’t have data on all of these apps, although larger ones include Facebook for Blackberry, which has 9.64 million monthly active users. Other mobile apps include those for phones from INQ, HTC, LG Electronics, Motorola, Palm, RIM, Samsung and Sony Ericsson, the T-Mobile Sidekick, and phones powered by Microsoft’s Windows Mobile. Facebook has also rolled out an SMS service where users can update their status and receive notifications, and it’s available in 52 operators in 25 countries. [...]

  8. dsi r4 says:

    wow..it’s a very fine news for my kind of facebook lovers. I am always worried about facebook updates. But now i am able to get all updates and messages at my mobile. Anyway thanks for sharing information with us.

  9. Stephanie says:

    now they need us cellular!!!!

  10. Debbie says:

    How do I get an application for face book is there one for the Samsung t459. To get pics put on my FB? Help?

  11. Sally says:

    How can I get facebook alerts on my t-mobile phone?

  12. MikeyLikesIt says:

    To Sally:

    You need a ‘Droid” phone, and a Interet capable plan with T-Mobile. T-Mobile salesperson will show you the phone options you have.

  13. alisha says:

    is facebook mobile free even if you don’t have internet for t mobile users ?

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