If you heart Facebook so much that you wish to always update your status and comment on others whenever you are on a mobile phone, most probably you have an unlimited data plan or you don’t mind paying pay-per-use data plan. If you are the latter, may be you can stop paying for the charges. Facebook has just released a mobile site, 0.facebook.com, that cost nothing for user to access it, and optimized for speed. Though no photo/picture is viewable in that mobile site (data charges is applied if you want to view photo), it is very useful to access all the key features of Facebook, without paying a cent.
The two distinct features of this new mobile site are:
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 we 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.
So what it meant is that besides accessing photos on your Facebook, the rest of the key features of Facebook involving texts only will be totally free of charge. But what’s the catch? Apparently not every countries and every mobile operators support it. If you are lucky enough to stay at the country stated below, AND using the mobile operator stated below, congratulation – you just get yourself free access to this zero-cost mobile Facebook site.
Didn’t find your country in the list? Don’t worry. 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 (Wootz!), 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.
If you still didn’t find the list of countries applicable to you, sorry but chances are the mobile site most likely isn’t available to you, at the moment. I would say this free mobile site is a great move by Facebook to strengthen their position in social networks, after a lot of privacy issues bombarded them previously. If you want to have a glance on how does the mobile site looks like, screenshot below. It doesn’t look too bad isn’t?