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Access the Internet for Free From Your Phone

Marne
Posted May 17, 2016 from United States
Expired on July 16, 2016
Photo credit: iheed Institute

Free Basics by Facebook provides access to useful services on mobile phones in markets where internet access may be less affordable. Websites are available for free without data charges, and include news, employment, health, education and local information. Currently available in 40 countries.

Why: Cost of accessing the internet can be a barrier to achieving empowerment through access to information. "For women in developing countries, the internet can be a gateway to a host of tangible benefits, such as confidence, self-esteem, and empowerment." Women and the Web Report

Restrictions: Not available in all countries. Access is free but connectivity and the mobile operator card is required. Content providers vary from country to country.

Content Provider Examples: Wikipedia, Change Corp Money Matters and Smart Business, Gumtree, Health24, Baby Center, MAMA, BBC News, Facebook, Messenger, Nike Foundation Girl Effect, UNICEF Facts for Life, Wattpad, wikiHow, Worldreader, BBC News, Bing Search, and many more.

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OLANIKE OLANIYI
May 21, 2016
May 21, 2016

This is great and will definitely promote the voice of women without or little hindrance. I will like to be involved whereby i could introduce market women, rural women in my areas. I believe more stories could be bring to open while there is free access to the internt as well as teach them how to go about it. Well done!!!

Marne
May 30, 2016
May 30, 2016

Thank you Sikemi.  Let me know if you need any help teaching women how to access Free Basics on their phones!

JOY Eze
May 26, 2016
May 26, 2016

Thanks for sharing!

folukemi2cool
Jun 03, 2016
Jun 03, 2016

Expecting this to take of in Nigeria