Free Basics by Facebook
- Last update: 2 years ago
- Version: Varies with device
- Compatibility: Varies with device
- Author: Facebook
- Content rating: Rated for 3+
- Package name: org.internet
Free Basics by Facebook review Review
Free Basics is a partnership program between Facebook and six companies, including Samsung, Nokia, Qualcomm, MediaTek, and Opera Software, that aims to bring affordable access to certain Internet services to less developed countries. They plan to increase efficiency and facilitate the development of new business models around the Internet access provision.
This program provides people with access to various online services on the mobile devices in markets with the less affordable Internet connection. The selected websites that include news, education, health and local information are available for free without data charges
Introducing the benefits of the Internet through these websites, the Facebook company hopes to bring more people online and help improve their lives.
Free Basics provides mobile operators with a program that addresses every step of the new subscriber journey. This program begins with educating people on the value of the Internet. Once they start to understand the Internet and are engaged, the program helps to sustain the new users. According to the research, over 50% of users who try Free Basics access the broader Internet and pay for data within 30 days.
Free Basics is an open platform, so anyone can add their website if they abide the participation guidelines that aim to optimize performance on older phones and slower Internet connection.
Being a part of Free Basics, developers can reach new-to-internet users across Asia, Africa, Latin America and make a social impact. Free Basics also helps non-profit organizations build and adapt their websites for providing essential information for the wider audience.
Free Basics has a minimalistic design colored in purple with two sections on the main interface. There is a list of free online services that don’t charge for data and a list of carrier accounts which are the part of the Free Basics program.
The Free Basics app is easy to navigate and use, letting not tech savvy users figure out how it works. Free Basics make the Internet accessible to more people providing them access to a numerous free services like sports, travel, news, and local jobs.
You can stay in touch with friends and family, check out news and sports updates, and get health information without any data charges.
Free Basics includes online services like:
- BBC News;
However, you can only use the Free Basics app in selected countries and with a SIM card from a supported carrier.
Cross-platform use 3/5
Free Basics is compatible only with Android OS. The version available varies with a device. Unfortunately, there is no iOS version of this app.
Free Basics is a free app, and it doesn’t have any in-app purchases. Instead, it provides free services for millions of users.
Free Basics provides you with the online services with no data charge. It includes various educational and news resources you can use for free if you have a SIM card of the mobile operator which is a part of this program.
Data used beyond Free Basics may still result in standard charges from your mobile carrier.
Free Basics allows you to connect to selected websites for free using a SIM card by a qualifying mobile operator.
Pros : A handful of educational and news resources;
Simple and intuitive interface.
Cons : Works only if your mobile operator is a part of a program;
May slow down the Internet connection.