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Facebook aims to provide free or discounted data for messaging in select countries

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Amidst the many device launches at the MWC, Facebook made an announcement that it would be providing free or discounted data access for its messaging service in various locations around the globe. According to the SNS, the objective of delivering a cost-effective method to utilize its service has been made possible through collaboration with over 18 network providers.

Facebook users in 14 countries will receive data access to the company’s messaging service through its mobile applications at discounted rates or for absolutely free. However, to avail of the promotion, they will have to be on a carrier that’s part of the project. For instance, the special pricing plans will be available from select operators. Like In Portugal, TMN will be the carrier responsible, while users in Ireland Bulgaria, Azerbaydzhan, Philippines and Malaysia will be able to message others for free or a low fee through Three, Vivacom, Backcell and Smart.

In addition to the aforementioned ones, Airtel and Reliance are in charge for India, Indosat, Smartfren, Axis and XL Axiata for Indonesia, DTAC in Thailand and Viva in Bahrain. The list also includes names like DiGi STC for Saudi Arabia, Oi for Brazil, Etisalat for Egypt, and Tre for Italy. There’s no mention if the provided roster will be updated with more countries and carriers, so those residing in other locations around the globe will have to just wait and watch for the SNS to make its next move.

In recent news, the company rolled out an update to its iOS application, allowing those residing in the US and Canada to commence voice calls through the mobile app. The capability to ring a friend is available to users free of charge. However, data fees will be applicable. Around 10 days ago, the SNS announced that their servers had been hacked, but no user content was compromised. Apart from this report, various media agencies in the US have been under attacks according to reports.

The free or discounted date access project for Facebook messaging is expected to go live in the coming months. The company states through a note on its official Mobile page that the promotion will only be applicable to its Messenger for Android, Messenger for iOS and Facebook for Every Phone applications. The last option is now said to be enabled for chat.