Facebook Announces “Facebook Zero” for Mobile Phones

Mon, Feb 22, 2010

Facebook, Mobile

At last week’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Facebook announced that a new mobile version of the website will be launching “in the coming weeks” (as reported by the BBC).

Facebook Zero is a text-only version of the social networking juggernaut, that saves on network bandwidth by removing “data intensive applications like photos.” The service is aimed at not only those who have less advanced phones, but also at those that have to pay for each MB of data individually.

A spokesperson for the website spoke of how Zero will help Facebook further its reach: “We are discussing it… as an option to make Facebook on the mobile web available to everyone, anywhere and allow operators to encourage more mobile internet usage.”

Facebook Mobile is already accessed by around 100 million users, or a fourth of the site’s overall population. It will be interesting to see how that number grows once Zero launches.

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