When Mark Zuckerberg posted a status on Facebook featuring a girl riding a tricycle while using her mobile phone, a lot of Filipinos immediately took notice because such was a common scene in the Philippines.
According to RachFeed, the curious glance on the status soon turned to elation upon reading the good news: the photo was truly a representation of the country and Zuckerberg, through Internet.org, is offering free internet access in the Philippines!
We’re one step closer to connecting the world as we launched Internet.org in the Philippines today. Now everyone in the country can have free access to internet services for health, education, jobs and communication on the Smart network.
Here’s a photo of Jaime, a driver in Manila who uses Facebook and the internet to stay in touch with loved ones who moved to Dubai.
– Mark Zuckerberg
Internet.org is the brainchild of Zuckerberg, connecting people from less-fortunate countries to the world wide web.
Based on information from the Wikipedia, this ambitious project was launched at Zambia in July 2014. During the last quarter of that year, Tanzania (October) and Kenya (November) were connected to the internet for free.
This year, four countries benefited from the project. Free internet access was offered at Colombia and Ghana beginning January while the project in India was launched in February.
On March 18, 2015, it was the turn of the Philippines to launch this project. Users across the nation are provided with free access to the internet using their smartphones; though the connection is limited to users of Smart, TNT, and Sun Cellular.
How to use free internet service
There are three ways to use this free internet from Facebook’s Internet.org. One is to text INTERNET to 9999 using your mobile phone. The second is to download the Internet.org app from Google Store so you can quickly use the internet service. The third is to simply type in Internet.org on your browser.
Be warned, however, that you have to stay within Internet.org so you will not incur charges with your mobile carrier, reports Taragis.
Moreover, Taragis reported that the service is limited to these sites as of the moment:
- Peso and Sense
- UNICEF Facts of Life
- Girl Effect
- Female Network
- Phil Star