Amidst privacy concerns that continue to put Facebook in a negative light, the social networking giant has released a new mobile site that promises to relieve users of data charges associated with using their iPhones and other smartphones for connecting to the popular website. Though it's only available on certain carriers.
0.facebook.com, is made specifically for mobile devices, and eliminates charges associated with data usage. The site is already available in a mobile version, but unlike 0.facebook.com, there will be costs for usage.
Facebook's official blog says that the new site includes all of the "key features of the social networking site, but is optimized for speed." For now, it's available through over 50 carriers in 45 countries.
According to the blog, the reason for creating such a site is that "people around the world face two main challenges‚Äìsometimes the experience is too slow to be fun and the cost of data plans and understanding them can be daunting."
Here are some bullet points from the blog post:
-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
The following chart shows where the enhanced mobile site is available:
The blog goes on to say that 0.facebook.com will soon be available through the following as well: Telstra in Australia, Movistar in El Salvador, SFR in France, XL in Indonesia, DiGi in Malaysia, 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.
Could the social networking site be turning a new light? Not only by providing data-free browsing, but actually simplifying their privacy settings? And they used to seem like the good guy next to MySpace.
via Facebook Blog