Facebook ties up with GLOBE Telecom

BY PAUL MICHAEL CAMANIA JARAMILLO
 
Sealing the partnership are  (from left) Globe Senior Advisor for Consumer Business Peter Bithos,  Facebook Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and Globe President and CEO  Ernest Cu in Menlo Park, California, USA.
 
Subscribers of Globe Telecom will be able to access social networking site Facebook for free on mobile phones until January.
 
The collaboration between Globe and Facebook was announced Monday night by Globe CEO and president Ernest Cu and Chris Daniels, vice president of partnerships at Facebook.
 
Globe and TM subscribers with smartphones and feature phones can access the Facebook app or m.facebook.com for free starting October 31, 2013 without the need for Wi-Fi or a data plan.
 
Aside from the free service, users who wish to access content outside Facebook will be notified if they will incur data charges. The user can avail of the one-click registration to a data plan to continue browsing.

Those without prepaid load can also access content outside Facebook by “loaning” P10 worth of load, which will be deducted on their next top-up.

The customer experience innovations eliminate billshock or “nakaw load.”
 
There are over a billion Facebook users worldwide. In the third quarter of 2013, Facebook dominated social log-ins and was used more than other platforms like Google, Yahoo and Twitter.
 
The Philippines currently ranks 8th in the world in Facebook users, with an estimated 30 million people owning accounts.
 
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