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Globe to offer free Facebook access to subscribers

Globe Telecom is giving its telco’s over 36 million subscribers free access to Facebook on mobile phones for an initial period of three months.

Globe Telecom is giving its over 36 million subscribers free access to Facebook on mobile phones for an initial period of three months, starting October 31.

“Over the past months, the engineering, business development and marketing teams at both Globe and Facebook have worked together to plan and design the customer experience from scratch – which includes making the service available across all Facebook mobile platforms, rolling out a system that alerts users once they are about to click a link that will incur them data charges, paving the way for subscribers to easily subscribe to a data plan without having to leave Facebook, and allowing data access lending for subscribers who don’t have enough prepaid load to continue browsing links outside Facebook,” says Peter Bithos, Senior Advisor for Consumer Business at Globe Telecom.

In photo 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.

In photo 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.

The service is available to all Globe Prepaid, Postpaid, and TM subscribers using feature phones and smartphones (except for BlackBerry) and accessing either through the mobile site of Facebook or the Facebook app. Users can post, like, comment, chat, add friends, upload photos, share posts, and more on Facebook without the need for Wi-Fi.

Working with Silicon Valley-based Facebook engineers, Globe is enabling availability of access on feature phones and smartphones across all Facebook mobile platforms whether via the Facebook app or Facebook’s mobile site m.facebook.com.

The collaboration also guarantees no billshock or “nakaw load” as customers will be notified if they will incur data charges once a link that leads out of Facebook is clicked. There will also be a one-click registration to the data plan of choice to continue browsing without having to leave the site.

Customers with not enough prepaid load can “loan” a 10MB data plan for only P10 which will be deducted on their succeeding top-up so they can fully explore content outside Facebook, making the experience seamless and worry-free.

Globe is progressively rolling-out availability of the Free Facebook service to cover all its subscribers by October 31, 2013.

Starting October 31, 2013, subscribers can dial *143# and select FREE FB to know more about Globe Free Facebook.

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