Facebook coming to non-smartphones in Africa

A man talks on the phone infront of a stand selling black market mobile phones at the Adjame market in Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire. Facebook will soon be on mobile phones across Africa, even if they don't have Internet capabilities.

In its filing with the government announcing it was going public, Facebook said it had a problem with its mobile business.

Specifically, that it hasn't found a way to make money with its mobile applications and mobile customers.

Well, a French wireless phone company says it may have found one way to help Facebook out.

Find new users in Africa.

The company, Orange, is introducing a technology that will allow African customers to access Facebook without an iPhone or other expensive smartphone.

In today's Mid-day Extra, we're joined by the BBC's technology correspondent Mark Gregory.

It seems as though we may soon have a lot more people in the world spending their time social networking... perhaps in place of more important things we should be doing.

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