(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – As part of Facebook’s Internet.org initiative, the social media giant introduced a new app last week that gives free Internet access to mobile users in Zambia.
The Internet.org app allows customers limited, free access to employment, health, and local information without being charged data fees, says a press release from Facebook.
“Affordability and awareness are significant barriers to internet adoption for many,” says Facebook’s Product Management Director, Guy Rosen. “By providing free basic services via the app, we hope to bring more people online and help them discover valuable services they might not have otherwise.”
Airtel users in the African country will have access to a number of sites such as AccuWeather, Google Search, Go Zambia Jobs, Wikipedia, eZeLibrary, uReport, and of course, Facebook.
Facebook adds that it plans on expanding the app to other countries in the future.
Facebook is one of the many tech companies that participate in the Internet.org initiative. Other companies include Nokia, Samsung, Ericsson, MediaTek, Qualcomm, and Opera Software.