Facebook’s Fast-Loading and Free “0″ Mobile Site Launches

More than a quarter of Facebook’s users are accessing it through mobile devices every month, and the number of mobile useres is growing fast. But not every Facebook user has a good mobile data connection, or a mobile data plan.

So the company has been working on a simplified mobile site that loads faster, in part by minimizing some features. In partnership with 50 carriers in 45 countries, access to the site is free, even if users don’t have an existing data plan with their carrier.

The site, at 0.facebook.com, is launching today. See the current list of carriers and countries, below.

It lets people do basic things like read their news feeds, publish status updates and wall posts, and like and comment content. But, if users want to access some parts of Facebook, like Photos, they’ll have the option to click through, pay for the data service, and view the content. While Facebook can provide its service for free to mobile users, carriers can make money by the site’s features enticing people to pay.

The “0″ site follows on other efforts to make Facebook more accessible to users, including a now-defunctLite” web site and other mobile integrations with carriers. Check out our recent article on the topic, available in our Inside Facebook Gold membership service.

Sponsored Post

Hands-On Social Media Training for Beginners


Social Media 101
In our Social Media 101 boot camp, you’ll determine the social media sites that matter most to you, based on personal and professional goals. Starting May 13, you will learn the best practices for using Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr, along with complete personal profiles on each site. Register today!

Leave a Reply

3 Responses to “Facebook’s Fast-Loading and Free “0″ Mobile Site Launches”

  1. Mike Knoop says:

    Most notably, none in the US have signed on.

  2. NAIMA says:

    SO CHEEP

  3. How to Stay In the Loop without Paying for a Data Plan « Business Hysteresis says:

    [...] Facebook user has a good mobile data connection, or a mobile data plan. Facebook Text Messages and 0.facebook.com as a way for mobile users without reliable internet capabilities to interact with the site.  [...]

interested in advertising with inside facebook?

Social Media Jobs
of the Day

Manager Social Media

Ralph Lauren
New York, NY

Social Media Manager

Superfly
Chicago, IL

Social Media + Web Management Consultant

IPPF/Western Hemisphere Region
New York, NY

Director of Marketing (Social Media/Web)

Creative Circle
Corona, CA

Featured Company

Join leading companies like this one and recruit from the nation's top media job seekers on the Mediabistro Job Board. Every job post comes with our satisfaction guarantee. Learn More
 

Our Sponsors

Also from Inside Network:   AppData - Facebook & iOS Application Stats   PageData - Engagement Data on Facebook Pages   Facebook Marketing Bible   Inside Network Research
 
home | site map | advertising/sponsorships | about | careers | contact us | help courses | browse jobs | freelancers | events | forums | content | member benefits | reprints & permissions terms of use | privacy policy Copyright © 2014 Mediabistro Inc. call (212) 389-2000 or email us