Telecel’s Facebook Zero has been officially launched today giving its subscribers zero rated access to the social network. We have highlighted some details we managed to obtain from Telecel regarding the new service.
Any prepaid subscriber with a data enabled handset can use the service even without any airtime.
There are no charges for any text but images, video and third party sites will attract a charge. This will be 11 cents per megabyte or at the data bundle rate for subscribers who subscribe to data bundles. There will be a warning message before a subscriber accesses content that is not free.
This service is accessible through three addresses, namely zero.facebook.com, 0.facebook.com or o.facebook.com. Default browsers and Opera Mini support the service. Facebook Zero is not supported on other browsers or devices that proxy traffic, including Blackberry and Nokia Ovi browsers. The option would be to download a browser like Opera Mini.
Subscribers using Facebook Zero can send and receive chat messages, browse newsfeeds and view timelines without images and videos. Posting comments, updating statuses, likes, pokes and the messages, feature will all be free.
According to an official statement from Telecel they are set to introduce more products that add value to the subscriber.