MTN Launches 0.facebook.com, a Free Way to Access Facebook® on Your Mobile Phone

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0.facebook.com is lightweight and optimized for speed; MTN’s standard data charges do not apply for site

MTN Launches 0.facebook.com, a Free Way to Access Facebook® on Your Mobile Phone

Date : May 20, 2010

 

Khartoum, Sudan_May_20, 2010_MTN and Facebook, today announced MTN is now offering their customers free mobile browsing on the new 0.facebook.com site. By sponsoring 0.facebook. MTN is enabling their customers to stay connected through Facebook with their friends and family from any mobile Web browser without incurring any data charges.

Facebook’s 0.facebook.com site is optimized for speed – it is a new faster, lightweight version of Facebook’s mobile site m.facebook.com. The site does not have graphics or photos and 0.facebook.com’s pages have been designed for performance on MTN’s network. Photos posted on Facebook are only one click away from 0.facebook.com. To view a photo a person only needs to click on a link to the photo and they will be prompted that they are leaving 0.facebook.com ( Standard data charges will apply when a person leaves 0.facebook.com to view photos.) 

MTN believes that information and communication technologies are an indispensable catalyst for economic development, one that affords developing countries the opportunity to leapfrog many stages of modernisation from a technological perspective. 

“ A vast majority of internet users in Sudan have Facebook accounts and stay connected through the site.  The launch of 0.facebook.com will facilitate the access to Facebook’s social services from mobile phones for free.” commented Walid Akkaoui, Chief Marketing Officer at MTN.

He concluded: “ MTN is the first telecommunications company to launch 0.facebook.com in the Sudanese market so far. This comes as a continuation of always trying to find advantageous solutions for our customers and we are glad to be the leading supplier for this solution.”

MTN is offering free access (no mobile Internet data charges) to the 0.facebook.com service to its subscribers for at least one full year. The length of the offer is at the discretion of the mobile operator.