Biggest social media network, Facebook is collaborating with Reliance Communications to launch internet.org, an initiative to provide free Internet access to websites, across India. The invite for this initiative says, "one launch that will make a billion dreams take off".
This mobile application is available exclusively for the Reliance users, offering basic Internet service in categories such as health, education, communication, jobs and local information free of cost.
Reliance has around 60 million subscribers alone, who don't use data services, will now use the data services to a good use once it is introduced. This initiative is the tie-up between Facebook and six mobile and technology companies, namely, Ericsson, Samsung, Nokia, MediaTek, Qualcomm and Opera Software.
According to the website, this was launched in August 2013 and it already covered some places like Zambia, Tanzania, Kenya, Colombia and Ghana. Reliance customers from Tamil Nadu, Mahararashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, and Telangana can access various websites including Facebook and Facebook Messenger free of cost. To make it easy for the customers, these services will be available in many languages including English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati and Marathi.
India is the third largest market after the US and Canada for Facebook, with over 112 million monthly active subscribers.The internet.org project has three parts: internet.org app that provides free basic Internet services to mobile users and nudges them to embrace data; innovation lab that replicates network conditions in remote areas for app developers to test whether their solutions would work in areas with low bandwidth; and, connectivity lab to help increase connectivity for unconnected populations through high-altitude drones, lasers and satellites.
Reliance customers can make use of this plan by simply heading to www.internet.org, in the above mentioned state. Moreover, users can call 180030025353 (toll-free) to use the service