Mobile plan brings free Facebook access to US mobile devices
Good news for Facebook’s 1.2 billion users!
For the first time, Americans will be able to access Facebook on their mobile devices without a mobile data plan. On Monday T-Mobile, a mobile communications conglomerate, announced that GoSmart, (a T-Mobile subsidiary), would allow users to have free access to Facebook (and Facebook Messenger). The service is predominantly targeted to smartphones but it will also work on more basic devices known as “feature phones.”
For some time now, Facebook has been hoping to boost usage of their site for those who are unable to afford data plans.
Facebook has entered agreements with carriers in India, the Philippines and other developing countries for years. Such deals aim at increasing global internet access and providing widespread accessibility to websites such as Facebook and Wikipedia in low-income countries. However, the exact terms of the agreements with the companies remain unclear.
Chris Daniels, vice president of partnerships at Facebook, said
“Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected, and we’re delighted that GoSmart subscribers, many who don’t have data access, will be able to use Facebook for free.”
Increased Facebook availability could mean access to previously untapped–by-social-media markets. For some time now Facebook has been an ideal platform to engage and reach your audiences. As the pool of Facbook users rapidly rises, one must closely examine if they are using the platform to its fullest; No better time than the present to confirm…
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