Facebook releases faster mobile site that avoids per-use charges

Popular social-networking company Facebook has introduced a new mobile site called 0.facebook.com, a site that promises data-charge-free access and is  targeted at mobile subscribers in certain countries who don't have access to flat-rate data pricing but are charged every time they go online.

The new 0.facebook.com launches across over 50 mobile operator networks in 45 countries. Deals are also in the pipeline with carriers including the U.K.'s 3, Australia's Telstra and France's SFR. Facebook notes that more than 100 million people are actively using Facebook via mobile device. Its Facebook Mobile solution is now available from more than 200 operators in 80 international markets.

Moreover, the new site is designed to be faster than both Facebook's core site and its traditional mobile site and it will still offer the same features, according to the company's blog. Users can view content, update their status, and keep in touch with their Facebook friends. But charges come back on when users click on a link to view photos, which aren't displayed by default, or clicking on a link to a third-party Web site. Users will see a confirmation message telling them they will be charged if they leave the site.  

For more:
-see this Cnet article
- take a look at Facebook's blog

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