FACEBOOK, everyone's favorite social network, has launched Tuesday a light-weight mobile site - Facebook Zero. Facebook Zero is a text-only version of the Facebook service that carriers can offer to their subscribers at no charge.
"If a user then decides to switch from text-only to multimedia (e.g. view photos from their friends), mobile operators can start charging them for ‘premium’ data service. This system is apparently called zero-rated pages, and allows operators to use a trimmed down version of a web application as a sort of teaser, driving the adoption of certain mobile services or apps, and more data usage revenue down the line," Robin Wauters, who attended the Mobile World Congress 2010, blogged at TechCrunch.
"Presumably, Facebook will offer Facebook Zero to carriers for free, since it helps them make the social network as ubiquitous on mobile phones as possible," Wauters wrote.
In an email to TechCrunch, Facebook spokesperson Brandee Barker wrote, "“Zero” is a light-weight version of m.facebook.com that omits data intensive applications like Photos. It will launch in coming weeks and we are discussing it at MWC as an option to make Facebook on the mobile web available to everyone, anywhere and allow operators to encourage more mobile Internet usage."
If it already is supported by your carrier, you can access Facebook Zero at http://zero.facebook.com on your mobile phone.