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Facebook has partnered with 18 different telecom operators in 14 different countries to provide free or discounted access to Facebook messenger service for handsets.
The operators partnering with Facebook, for this promotion, include TMN in Portugal, Three in Ireland, Airtel and Reliance in India, Vivacom in Bulgaria, Backcell in Azerbaydzhan, Indosat, Smartfren, AXIS and XL Axiata in Indonesia, SMART in Philippines, DiGi in Malaysia, DTAC in Thailand, Viva in Bahrain, STC in Saudi Arabia, Oi in Brazil, Etisalat in Egypt, and Tre in Italy.
The social networking site in a post said "Messaging on Facebook lets people connect with friends and contacts on the go, regardless of what device they are using. Three out of every four people on Facebook send a message on the platform each month, making messaging one of the most popular activities on Facebook. Today, Facebook messaging and chat can be accessed from more than 6,000 mobile phones via Facebook Messenger, Facebook for iOS and Android, Facebook for Every Phone, m.facebook.com and across other devices with Facebook integration"
As you might have already noticed Airtel and Reliance have signed up with the social networking site to bring the chat-optimized messenger promotion to India.
Airtel had announced free access for Facebook app (up to 500 MB data usage) from January 16 to February 15, for it's prepaid users. Also, Reliance introduced a data-plan which offered unlimited access to Facebook messenger for Rs. 16 a month.