What do you mean free? You don’t get billed for access to facebook but you sure do pay some for your data…right?
Facebook have partnered with a number of mobile operators to give absolutely free access to a new facebook mobile site. Operators have the ability to do url based billing and I figure this is the sort of setup deployed in this arrangement.
0.facebook.com is a new mobile site that includes all of the key features of Facebook but is optimized for speed. It initially is available through more than 50 mobile operators in 45 countries and territories with zero data charges.
Collaborating with operators from around the world, Facebook has developed this new mobile site with two main attributes:
- It’s fast: 0.facebook.com includes all the key features of our standard mobile site m.facebook.com. Users can update their status, view their News Feed, like or comment on posts, send and reply to messages, or write on their friends’ Wall just as they do on Facebook.com. Rather than making photos viewable on 0.facebook.com, we put the photos one click away so they don’t slow down the experience. You can still view any photos on Facebook if you want but your regular data fees will apply.
- It’s free: Thanks to the help of mobile operators they have collaborated with, people can access 0.facebook.com without any data charges. Using 0.facebook.com is completely free. People will only pay for data charges when they view photos or when they leave 0.facebook.com to browse other mobile sites. When they click to view a photo or browse another mobile site a notification page will appear to confirm that they will be charged if they want to leave 0.facebook.com
The 0.facebook.com launch is in partnership with more than 50 mobile operators around the world, listed below.
The 0.facebook.com site is only available on the networks of these operators. People can still access Facebook from our standard mobile site m.facebook.com or our mobile site for touch screen mobile devices, touch.facebook.com, under their operator’s standard data charges.
Soon, 0.facebook.com will also be available from the following operators: Telstra in Australia, Movistar in El Salvador, SFR in France, XL in Indonesia, DiGi in Malaysia, Telecom NZ in New Zealand, SMART in the Philippines, Vodafone in Qatar, Digicel in Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago, 3 in the UK, and MTN in Cameroon and Guinea Conakry.