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Topic # 61603 19-May-2010 15:13 Send private message

I just happened to be looking at the Facebook Blog today and found this article about 0.facebook.com which is a stripped-down mobile Facebook portal offered as an unmetered service by 50 mobile operators worldwide. Down at the bottom of the page it says it will be coming soon to Telecom NZ.

Haven't seen anything announced by Telecom to this effect, but this is a much better partnership for Telecom than Bebo so I'm sure they'll make a song and dance about it soon enough.

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  Reply # 331898 19-May-2010 15:50 Send private message

Nice find! think you may have just spoiled someones marketing plans! haha Laughing

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  Reply # 331917 19-May-2010 16:30 Send private message

This has been discussed in our Vodafone forums (http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=40&topicid=61583) - someone asked if it was coming to Vodafone, but obviously Telecom trumped it...





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  Reply # 332491 20-May-2010 17:49 Send private message

I just saw this ad on facebook's homepage:

Go to 0.facebook.com to use Facebook Mobile without data charges. Only available on Telecom New Zealand.

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  Reply # 332500 20-May-2010 17:57 Send private message

I just tried it and it went through, rather than giving the "not available with this operator" message. I'll check my usage meter once it's had a chance to update.

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  Reply # 332600 20-May-2010 20:52 Send private message

OK, it's been three hours and I have not been charged usage. Looks like it's all up and running :)



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  Reply # 332615 20-May-2010 21:09 Send private message

I'm getting a blank page when I access from my iPhone

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  Reply # 332617 20-May-2010 21:13 Send private message

That's probably because it will be a WAP page only.





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  Reply # 332644 20-May-2010 21:44 Send private message

Oh really? people are still deploying WAP? o_O




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  Reply # 332646 20-May-2010 21:45 Send private message

If you read the between the lines, this is a Facebook move to reach developing countries (why New Zealand is in the list who knows, m.facebook.com works ok). That's what they have out there...




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  Reply # 332730 21-May-2010 02:22 Send private message

nah, they're doing it in a bunch of other 1st world countries than just NZ

very pleased to see this, now I can get it even cheaper than m.facebook.com with the images switched off! (which was almost free already...)




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  Reply # 332739 21-May-2010 06:02 Send private message

The iPhone can handle WAP -- unless they're blocking particular devices out.

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  Reply # 332807 21-May-2010 10:40 Send private message

We are indeed launching Facebook Zero. It is only available for WAP handsets (ones going through our proxy). It is not available for PDA's & smart phones.

You'll see it start to appear over the next 1 - 2 business working days :)

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  Reply # 333015 21-May-2010 16:03 Send private message

i was just using it on my E75.. looks cool




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  Reply # 333018 21-May-2010 16:08 Send private message

akia: We are indeed launching Facebook Zero. It is only available for WAP handsets (ones going through our proxy). It is not available for PDA's & smart phones.

You'll see it start to appear over the next 1 - 2 business working days :)
I noticed that, on my Sony Aino I can only access it via the default browser (WORST BROWSER *EVER*)  that came with the phone but not with Opera Mini (makes the phone a 100 times better). Any way to fiddle with the settings to fix this?




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  Reply # 333022 21-May-2010 16:12 Send private message

Opera use their own proxy for Opera Mini therefore you cannot use this service as Opera will not use our proxy.

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