Today, a new mobile site, 0.facebook.com, which includes all of the key features of Facebook but is optimized for speed has been launched. It initially is available through more than 50 mobile operators in 45 countries and territories with zero data charges. That’s right; no data charges while you use this new site.
According to The Facebook blog, the new site has two main features:
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
Good news; right? Yes, but not for Nigerians. No Nigerian network operator is on the list yet. So, we’ll just have to make do with the regular Facebook mobile sites or 3rd party mobile applications.
The new site address is 0.facebook.com. You can still use it to save on data charges though, as it is reported to be lighter and faster to browse.