85% of the 5 billion users without Internet basically can’t bear the internet cost. So Facebook’s openness activity Internet.org today launches its Android and web application for the evolving world with free internet access to a restricted set of services including Facebook, Messenger, Google Search, Wikipedia and many useful services. It additionally gives local employment news, climate, health and ladies’ rights resources.
Internet.org‘s app is landing in Zambia before heading to other developing countries ultimately, and is a association with local carrier Airtel who brings the free access of those services listed above in belief that Zambians see the web’s value and purchase pre-paid data through the app to probe the rest of the Internet.
Internet.org, Facebook’s association with six telecom organizations, is additionally working on satellites and drones to offer Internet connection base to the 15% of people who are not connected because of the fact that they’re in remote ranges with no cell towers in reach. The activity to get more people on the Internet is sometimes criticized as a Facebook development strategy taking on the appearance of selflessness. In this current, Internet.org’s application will truth be told develop Facebook by making use free in Zambia.
Users can use one of a selection of apps entirely for free. These include:
■ Facebook – for staying in touch with friends
■ Facebook Messenger – for direct contact with loved ones
■ Google Search – to find information, though clicking through to results will require a data plan
■ Airtel – to learn more about the carrier and buy data plans
■ Go Zambia Jobs – to search for jobs
■ MAMA (Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action) – Info on maternal health for impoverished mothers
■ Kokoliko – search for jobs
■ Wikipedia – to learn about anything, and all internal Wikipedia links are free to access
■ AccuWeather – to get updated weather information that’s critical for farmers
■ WRAPP (Women’s Rights App) – learn about women’s rights and what to do if rights have been violated
■ eZeLibrary – to learn about Zambian government
■ Zambia uReport (by UNICEF) – To find HIV and AIDS health info
■ Facts for Life (by UNICEF) – to find heath and hygiene info including advice on pregnancy, childbirth, childhood illnesses, child development, parenting, protection, and child care.
If the app is a success in Zambia, you can expect Internet.org will start rolling out in different carriers and countries in Asia, Africa, and South America where the same data affordability problem prevail. And if Facebook can be one of the first ways people experience the Internet, they won’t forget it as they become full-fledged Internet users.