Sunday, March 30, 2014

Free Facebook Until The Paywall

Talk about incredulous! I didn't know about this! I wonder if US cellphone providers could elect to charge customers to access people popular sites like facebook, twitter, instragram, etc. Or would there be a revolt or hack or workaround? "If it can happen there, it can happen anywhere." 

Facebook has said (to U.S. participants) that it is “free and always will be.” It is also a known fact that Mr. Z's Social Network is more heavily used in developing nations. So why do poor folks have to pay to use it?

When I got wind of the Star article via twitter, I couldn't resist tossing back a tweet!

WTF? You folks pay for #facebook? If we had to fork over a penny in the US no one would be on it.

Here's what the article says:
Globe Telecom is extending its free Facebook offer available to over 38 million subscribers until April 24.

“Due to the overwhelming response from our subscribers, we are happy to extend Globe Free Facebook until April 24, just in time for the summer season, to allow more users to enjoy an innovative, seamless, and worry-free Free Facebook experience. As the country’s leading digital brand and preferred partner of technology leaders around the world, we hope to get more Filipinos online on their mobile devices and be part of a wonderful, connected world,” shared Jenny Granada-Echevarria, vice president for mobile data services at Globe Telecom.

 The collaboration between Globe and Facebook paved the way for all Globe prepaid, postpaid, and TM customers to enjoy free access to the Facebook. Among these customer experience innovations include accessibility on feature phones and smartphones across all Facebook mobile platforms whether via the Facebook app or Facebook’s mobile site

 Customers are also guaranteed of no billshock or nakaw load as they will be notified if they will incur data charges once a link that leads out of Facebook is clicked.

Subscribers can also enjoy a one-click registration to the data plan of choice to continue browsing sites or links outside Facebook without having to leave the site.

 Customers with not enough prepaid load can “loan” a 10MB data plan for only P10, which will be deducted on their succeeding top-up so they can fully explore content outside Facebook.

 Subscribers can dial *143# and select FREE FB or text FREEFB to 8888 to get more. Subscribers may also go to on the phone’s web browser or open the Facebook mobile app while on the Globe network to access Free Facebook. [article]

So … would you pay for Facebook?

  1. TechCrunch ‎- 
    Facebook's quest to become a newspaper has seen it launch multiple News Feeds, the standalone Paper app, trending topics, and more.

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