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Internet.org : Browse internet for free

Hi Guys,

Today we will discuss about the renowned free internet service provided by Facebook Inc. namely Internet.org.

What is Internet.org?

Internet.org is a partnership between Social Networking Services company Facebook and 6 other companies (Samsung, EricssonMediaTek, Opera Software, Nokia and Qualcomm) that plans to bring affordable access to selected Internet services to less developed countries by increasing efficiency, and facilitating the development of new business models around the growth of Internet access.

Vision and Goals

Internet.org was founded by  Facebook’s founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg in 2013. It is mainly designed, keeping in mind the people living in developing and under developed countries where they cannot afford internet. A few countries on the list are Zambia, Kenya, India, Indonesia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, South Africa and Philippines. Many others will soon be added to this list. See Launch dates below.

Founders & Partners

Ericsson

 Ericsson is a world-leading provider of communications technology and services.

Facebook

 Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected.

Mediatek

 MediaTek Inc. is a leading fabulous semiconductor company for wireless communications and digital multimedia solutions.

Nokia Nokia is a global leader in mobile communications whose products have become an integral part of the lives of people around the world.

Opera Software

 Opera products enable more than 350 million internet consumers to discover and connect with the content and services that matter most to them.

Samsung

 Samsung is a global leader in technology, opening new possibilities for people everywhere through relentless innovation and discovery.

Qualcomm

 Qualcomm is a world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies.

Launch

Internet.org was launched on 20 August 2013, at the time of launch, Mark Zuckerberg released a 10-page whitepaper he had written elaborating on the vision. In the paper, he wrote that Internet.org was a further step in the direction of Facebook’s past initiatives, such as Facebook Zero, to improve Internet access for people around the world. He also said that “connectivity is a human right.”

It was launched on different dates in different countries, viz. are –

Only the TeleCommunication Companies which are stated with Countries would be able to access internet.org. Thus, the number of sites freely available to the user also depends on the country from where it is being used.

Controversies

It has been criticized for violating net neutrality and favoring Facebook’s own services over its rivals. An Indian journalist, in his reply to Mark’s article defending Internet.org in India, criticized Internet.org as “being just a Facebook proxy targeting India’s poor” as it provides restricted Internet access to only Reliance ‘s subscribers in India. Until April 2015, Internet.org users could access (for free) only a few websites, and Facebook’s role as gatekeeper in determining what websites were in that list was criticised for violating net neutrality. In May 2015, Facebook announced that the Internet.org Platform would be opened to websites that met its criteria, which is a bit controversial.

List of services once can use via Internet.org

Category Free Services
Social Networking Facebook, Facebook Messenger.
Career Jagran Josh.
Entertainment Astrology, Hungama.
Government AP Speaks.
Health Malaria No More, Facts for Life (UNICEF), Social Blood, BabyCenter & MAMA.
Information Aaj Tak, AccuWeather, Reuters Market Lite, Amar Ujala, BBC News,  IBN Live, Daily Bhaskar, Translator, Dictionary.com, Jagran, Maalai Malar, Maharasta Times, wikiHow, Wikipedia, Basics of Internet
Women Empowerment Nike Foundation (Girl Effect), UN Women (iLearn).
Jobs BabaJob.
Search Bing Search.
Shopping OLX.
Sports ESPN Cricinfo.

How to use Internet.org?

  • First make sure you have the mobile network of respective Telecommunication company as mentioned above.
  • Then make sure that you have a working data plan. The mobile data will not be used on sites available on internet.org but in case, you click a link outside that area, data charges may apply.
  • Go to www.internet.org using mobile web browser (on any internet supported phone). Or get its app from Google Play Store (only for an Android smart phone). Downloading the app itself will require mobile data, but it won’t consume data while using the app.
  • Customer will be presented with the language selection page where choice of language can be selected. By default, the regional language will be selected. Customer can opt for other languages by clicking ‘+’ button on the page.
  • Click “Continue” to get to the main page of Internet.org, with “Free Services” & “Reliance” sections displayed in the choice of language.

Follow Internet.org

You can follow Internet.org on its own site or YouTube for future updates, but it will require mobile data.

Read Mark’s post regarding Internet.org on Facebook.com

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That’s all folks.

Data source – rcom.co.in
Image source – en.wikipedia.org, dailytimesgazette.com, timesofbengaluru.com, vrworld.com, techcrunch.com.
Author & Idea – Abdul Rehman
Co – Author – Swapnil Jha
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