Facebook launched their 0.facebook.com last May, 2010. I believe this is to make facebook more accessible to the less developed countries where people mostly use their mobile phones to access the web. Then, Sun Cellular offers the 0.facebook.com by Juned, 2010.
If you were familiar with the WAP mobile sites like 10 years ago, then that’s how the 0.facebook.com looks like — it’s pure text, no images; but they provide links to images. So the catch there is that if you want to view pictures, you will then be charged with mobile internet fees.
From their facebook blog:
Collaborating with operators from around the world, we developed this new mobile site with two main attributes:
- It’s fast: 0.facebook.com includes all the key features of our standard mobile site m.facebook.com. Users can update their status, view their News Feed, like or comment on posts, send and reply to messages, or write on their friends’ Wall just as they do on Facebook.com. Rather than making photos viewable on 0.facebook.com, we put the photos one click away so they don’t slow down the experience. You can still view any photos on Facebook if you want but your regular data fees will apply.
- It’s free: Thanks to the help of mobile operators we collaborated with, people can access 0.facebook.com without any data charges. Using 0.facebook.com is completely free. People will only pay for data charges when they view photos or when they leave 0.facebook.com to browse other mobile sites. When they click to view a photo or browse another mobile site a notification page will appear to confirm that they will be charged if they want to leave 0.facebook.com
Though Sun Cellular is not really that reliable regarding signal and reliability, but they’ve been really good at providing real Value Added Services, like they were first with facebook and twitter update with their Sun Alertz, and now collaborating with Facebook for 0.facebook.com. There are probably more VAS I’m just not familiar with since I’m no Sun Cellular subcriber.