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.