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Facebook Starts Offering Free Mobile Data

by Jacob Kleinman | July 31, 2014July 31, 2014 6:00 pm PDT

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Facebook’s plan to beam free Internet from the sky with drones might not have worked out exactly as planned, but the company is still moving forward to provide mobile data to the masses. On Thursday, Facebook officially launched the Internet.org app that helps to provide free Internet access to select websites and services, though for now it’s only available in Zambia for Airtel customers.

Residents of the landlocked Southern African country will be able to download the Android app, head to Internet.org or simply boot up the official Facebook app to start using the company’s free data. The list of supported services includes Facebook and Messenger along with Wikipedia, Google Search and AccuWeather. It also offers local services like Zambia job listings and health news along with some social services including the Women’s Rights App (WRAPP).

Interent.org is definitely off to an impressive start, though we’re curious to see how well the service actually works once people start using it on a regular basis. Facebook also promises to keep expanding and improving as time goes on, so hopefully the app will be available in more countries soon.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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