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Facebook's Providing Free (Or Cheap) Data Around the World—For Facebook Apps

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Facebook has announced that, over the coming months, it will be partnering with 18 network operators in 14 countries to provide users with free or discounted data for some of its mobile apps.


Specifically, it'll let users of Messenger for Android and iOS, and Facebook for Every Phone (the Java app for feature phones), save money on data. Sending messages will either be free, or much cheaper, overseas. So far, Facebook has struck deals with the following carriers:

  • TMN in Portugal
  • Three in Ireland
  • Airtel and Reliance in India
  • Vivacom in Bulgaria
  • Backcell in Azerbaydzhan
  • Indosat, Smartfren, AXIS and XL Axiata in Indonesia
  • SMART in Philippines
  • DiGi in Malaysia
  • DTAC in Thailand
  • Viva in Bahrain
  • STC in Saudi Arabia
  • Oi in Brazil
  • Etisalat in Egypt
  • Tre in Italy

There's currently no news on whether such a deal might roll out in the US—but AT&T is planning some form of "toll-free data" scheme later this year, so something could be in the works. [Facebook via Verge]


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I want to see Google one up this (please?).