Internet.org Launched in Pakistan, Browse 17 Websites for Free on Telenor

As we told you yesterday, Telenor, in collaboration with Facebook today launched internet.org initiative in Pakistan, with which all Telenor customers — both prepaid and postpaid — will be able to use selected internet websites for free.

Telenor launched the program with 17 websites today, which are available for free unlimited browsing. However, external links, if any, will be charged as per usual tariffs.

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Ifran Wahab Khan (left), Deputy CEO, Telenor Pakistan, Ime Archibong (right), Global Head for Strategic Partnerships at Facebook, speaking with media at the launch of internet.org in Pakistan

Launch event or internet.org was attended by high-ups of Telenor Pakistan, including Michael Foley, CEO, Telenor, Irfan Wahab, Deputy CEO, Telenor Pakistan and Aslam Hayat Khan, VP, Telenor Pakistan.

Facebook officials, lead by Ime Archibong, Global Head for Strategic Partnerships at Facebook, in first of its kind representation from Facebook in Pakistan, were also present at the event.

Telenor has said that its internet.org initiative is aimed for first time internet users. Company has said that its currently not looking at any business proposition, instead the whole initiative is targeted to convert more users to internet.

Here is the list of websites that can be browsed for free:

  1. Facebook
  2. Telenor Mobile Portal
  3. AccuWeather
  4. Babycenter & MAMA
  5. BBC News
  6. Bing
  7. ESPN Cricinfo
  8. Facts for Life
  9. Girl Effect
  10. IlmkiDunya
  11. Malaria No More
  12. Mustakbil
  13. OLX
  14. Telenor News
  15. UrduPoint Cooking
  16. Wikipedia
  17. BBC Urdu

How to Access These Websites

Telenor users, in whatever city they are or whatever package they are on (postpaid included) can go to internet.org from their cell phones to access these websites. While accessing internet.org website, users will be presented a list of websites they can access for free.

Alternatively, if you are smartphone user, you can download internet.org app from your respective app store an use it.

Any usage with-in internet.org website (or the app) will be free.

Both 3G and 2G users can access internet.org for free, and there is no need to subscribe or activate anything. You can start browsing internet.org for free, right away!

Below is how it will look like when Telenor users will visit internet.org from their mobile browsers:

Internet_org

Telenor has said that more publishers will be included in the list of available websites and local content providers can work in-line with Facebook guidelines to apply for their inclusion in internet.org.

More commentary, on this whole initiative, its impact on internet usage in Pakistan, and possible outcomes for internet users, telcos and publishers will be discussed in separate stories. Stay tuned.

Tech reporter with over 10 years of experience, founder of ProPakistani.PK


  • Ali Shaheer Ejaz

    Missing Wikipedia

    • aamir7

      It’s there

      • Muhammad Aamir

        Why youtube opens without any VPN, proxy when someone sends me a link of youtube through the message box of Facebook when I click the link I can browse the whole Youtube without any problem. I’m amazed!

      • zafar

        Dear aamir. Please share some details about recently launched Telenor 3g Connect and 3g wifi connect usb dongles and their package details. I heared they are way much cheaper than other telcos

        • Muhammad Musa Raza

          its a 2200rs device for usb verson and 2500 for wifi version dongle. first 2 months are included with 20 gb and 30 gb respectively. after that it has different packages with 1000/month for 20 gb 1500/month for 30 gb. i guess its better than all telcs including ptcl wingle

          • Kmm

            o bhai Telenor is using bandwidth provided by PTCL. So PTCL is making more money by selling bulk bandwidth to 3/4G operators.

  • kamran

    BUT Zong.

  • Umer

    Great awesome will keep me updated with cricket scores no need to ssuscribe to paid score check service.

  • Ahmed Habib

    So, telenor going to boost sales? ;-)

  • Aheader

    From one perspective its great news… But is it really as good as it appears? I mean, I am really concerned about privacy and such…

    • Keyboard Monkey

      What privacy issues do you see here exactly?

      • Aheader

        I am not a expert, but I know a thing or two. When the service is free, then user is the product.
        As you may have noticed, all the traffic, even to other sites goes through the domain of “internet.org”. And you are still asking, what that means?

        • Shahzaib Rehman

          Nothing in the world is free, you have to give something in return if not the money.
          In this case, we are providing them traffic on their domain. But that does not mean your privacy is at risk. :)
          Just Relax and enjoy this free service ;)
          or don’t, it’s up to you. :P

        • Mohiyo

          all the websites uses encryption technology to hide data to access by external users. dont be worry

        • Sorry for being ignorant. Are you saying that Internet.org is working as a proxy for Telenor users? How is it even possible without changing your phone’s proxy settings?

          Second possibility would be Telenor routing all traffic through Internet.org’s proxy server, but hey, what would Telenor do that for?

          PS. I’m assuming that the user is browsing the websites on the stock browser.

        • How do you know the traffic to other websites is being routed through internet.org domain?

  • sdf

    Facebook is free ? all video streaming ?

    • Rana Ehtsham

      If Facebook Calling is also free then its going to be awsome! They should also have added Whatsapp! As its also owned by Facebook!

      • Devil

        Whatsapp is an application not a website. Read the article again. It’s about free websites.

        • Shahzaib Rehman

          It was an App.
          Now it has a website too. https://web.whatsapp.com/
          Google the WhatsApp again :D

        • Waz

          Facebook app is also an application but it’s free. They’ve not included whatsapp because if they did who would use telenor sms and call packages?

        • Rana Ehtsham

          The application also work through a server? Am i right? Then what either they cant make it free?

    • faaria

      Services such as video streaming, music streaming, VOIP and high-resolution images aren’t allowed because they eat up too much bandwidth

      • Muhammad Aamir

        Even an image :(

      • Shahzaib Rehman

        Not good :(

    • Keyboard Monkey

      Yeah, now everybody gets to waste time. Not only smart phone users. YAY!

  • Muhammad Fawad

    Mobilink is already offering free websites for its customers.

    • Muhammad Aamir

      But only a few. Mobilink can’t compete with internet. org

  • Muhammad Musa Raza

    if we turn on our mobile data without package our balance will be gone in no time as there are many apps that continuously consume data in background. so whats the point of this service?

    • Hunzala Ahmad

      yehi to kamal hy aisi services ka. you need a sim with zero balance to avoid bill shock.

      • Uzair Farooqi

        I have a sim with zero balance but us pay internet he ni chl rha to mai internet.org kesay browse kru. Telenor is very clever

    • Danish

      USE THIS SERVICE WITH ZERO BALANCE. SIMPLE

    • faaria

      you can use Apps like Android Firewall to only allow specific apps of your choice to use mobile data.
      it can also be done without app through settings but that’s a bit tricky.

    • Ammar

      How is that Telenor’s fault?

      • Muhammad Musa Raza

        I don’t know whose fault is this. People who don’t know their balance will be deducted by running apps in background or companies that can’t give us affordable packages to masses.

        • eyescreaman

          By affordable you mean free?

        • Ammar

          Then it’s the fault of those people who do not know the basics of how a smartphone functions.

    • Atif

      learn how to set your app settings properly.

      • Muhammad Musa Raza

        That option is only in android not in IOS and Microsoft. Plus we have to change setting of different apps all the time in android.

        • eyescreaman

          Seems like a you problem rather than the service.

        • iOS has better data control. If you go to your cellular settings you can just turn off cellular data access to everything except the browser.

        • Atif

          sorry this comment is stupid, obviously you have to change setting of each app, as its that application’s option. and once done you don’t have to change it.
          for example, many news apps have an option to auto update, or notify for breaking news, you have to turn that option off, else it will update for new news or breaking news.

    • Ali Raza

      there is option in setting to restrict the data for different apps and allowed access to any which you need , more there must me some app on store regarding this issue

    • Zaki Uddin

      Turn off background data

  • Rana Ehtsham

    Thats fine! But the list of free websites disappointed me a lot! Hoping they add some usefull website to surf!

    • faaria

      which websites would be useful in your opinion? you can suggest them to internet.org by visiting their page

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      which tube you wanted to surf btw

    • Wolverine

      You mean Wikipedia, Accuweather and BBC Urdu are useless websites? They are providing almost all types of basic, useful n important internet services free.
      If you want soundcloud, that would’nt be free…. Or red_ube?? Forget it… :D

  • Amir Qadir

    This is awesome.. :)

  • Kajol

    This is awesome; Telenor is the real trend setter and market leader in terms of innovation and customer experience

    • Capt.

      Hoho Innovation Lmao This Service Has Already Been Flopp All Across Now They Have Come In Pakistan So That Idiots Like You Will Give Them Your Freedom

      • Wolverine

        I think she is talking about mobile operators in Pakistan not the whole world.

  • All hail king mark!
    I prefer my freedom over few hundreds. anyone can afford 3G smartphone and can’t afford small packages?
    slaves will be happy on this deal!

    • Capt.

      Exactly Bro Ah Thank God Someone Understands

    • Wolverine

      Yes there are people. They can buy a smartphone but not 3G packages because smartphone is a one time/longterm expense but internet packs require money weekly or monthly.

      • Dude seriously? have not you seen packages of all telecom companies? there are even 50RS packages if a student really eager to browse through the web for education purpose only.
        and a bird in gold cage cannot call himself “FREE” his all luxuries are being controlled as internet.org will do

      • Capt.

        And How Exactly Would Internet Org Help Students?

  • arshad

    do we have switch on mobile net to use internet.org
    then mobilenet will cost us
    its just deception

  • do we need to turn on the cellular data on mobile ?
    if yes, then the background services that use internet would wipe out the balance!

    • Muhammad Aamir

      There a thousand apps on Google Store of Firewall. Download any good firewall and block all the applications which tend to run in the background on Andriod. Simple!

      • thats not the real solution though…

      • ‘m on Windows Lumia 640, and i guess windows has built-in option to disable background activities on cellular internet connection

      • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

        yar mere paas ubuntu ka phone ha.uska koi tarika bata do

  • Karim

    This project was especially for remote areas and there are remote areas in Pakistan where you can’t find any coverage from Ufone and Telenor instead Zong is providing coverage in those areas like remote areas from Gilgit some parts of interior Sindh and some parts of Punjab as well. If it was Zong instead of Telenor then it was better for the people out there.

  • Uzair Arshad

    use the internet.org ip ass a proxy and use unlimited internet ? :P

    • Muhammad Aamir

      It will be blocked soon.

    • Capt.

      LOL I Think You Dont Have a Brain Or Maybe Youre Just Joking I Aint Gonna Use This Cz Im An IT Guy I Know Exactly What They Are Upto

      • North

        Things like you are my office boys. IT guy really? lol You are a squat at best.

        • Wulfere

          ha ha you guys make me laugh so hard and what do you know about using internet org as a proxy to access other websites smart ass Internet.org users could access (for free) only a few websites, and Facebook’s role as gatekeeper in case if you don’t know about what Facebook as a gatekeeper means then ill you’ll have to be sign in to Facebook to use internet org that means your all online activities will be tracked by using your own Facebook account so there is no chance of accesing other websites using some proxy
          Don’t Believe Me then try to research more than your office boys
          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet.org

    • WOW!!!! We can also just use google.com ip ass a proxy, yes ? :P

    • Keyboard Monkey

      Did you real mean that? o.O

  • Capt.

    I Am Willing To Pay 10000 For a Broadband So That I Can Surf Whatever I Want To Instead Of Being Your Slave

    • Arslan Ejaz

      Can you elaborate ????

      • salman

        he means to say its better to be free while paying for a service than to be a slave of free services that limit you to only a few websites and be monitored 24/7.

      • Capt.

        You’ll Give Up Your Freedom You Have To Be Sign In To Use Internet Org Services They Can Track Whatever You’re Doing Online

    • ——————–
      Who said Internet.org is for you?

      We’re missing the most important point here.

      This initiative is ONLY for the underprivileged people who can’t afford WIFI or Smart Phones yet want themselves to be connected to the internet.

      You only need a primitive mobile phone with a working browser. That’s it. No fancy stuff.

  • Muhammad Ashraf

    Internet.org is not working on my Telenor connection

    • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

      Mobile data on kisne kerna ha

      • Wolverine

        Ap ko kaise pata us k pas mobile data on kerne wala phone hai?

        • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

          Jub wo access ker raha hai to mobile data on kerne wala option usi phone main hota hai

          • Wolverine

            Dr. Sahb non-smartphones mein ye mobile data on/off wali option nhi thi….

            • Dr. Aamir Liaquat Hussain

              Ap zara aik bar check ker lo. Aisa koi phone nahi jis main ooption na ho…kbi dekha hai aesa non smartphone jis main mobile data hur waqt on ho?

              • Wolverine

                Ye aik aisa phone tha (or jis jaise 1000ro phones thay) jo browser open krte hi net se connect ho jatay thay. Is mein android ki trah notification drawer pe koi “mobile data” ka option nhi tha.

  • Bonga

    I am not sure what the hoopla is all about, and more importantly, how will Telenor make money — may be its share of the revenue on click-through ads or may be the intent is to encourage bandwidth usage. With 5 MHz in 3G spectrum, it appears that Telenor is struggling to fill up its bandwidth which is probably not being used a whole lot at this time.

    Telcos are globally struggling to capture revenue lost to OTT providers and may be its an attempt to bring a few “outsiders” within its fold, but in doing so, Telenor has also become sort of a regulator by deciding what’s free and what’s not. The free websites are nothing to be excited about —- Malaria No More???? I mean, seriously????

    • Muhammad Aamir

      As per my point of view, Facebook will pay to Telenor according to the bandwidth that will be consumed by the users. If you look at the list of 17 websites, you will see that these all websites are light weight even if you open Facebook images are allowed to see but you can see images by just subscribing social pack.

  • Ali Asad

    Anybody saw a movie called Kingsmen?

    • Qaisar Khan

      Kingmen the secret service???
      I watched the trailer looking good
      now available on bluray and dvd
      go for it.. :)

    • Wolverine

      Wrong place.

  • Qaisar Khan

    Athough websites are less mentioned in the list
    but its good approach
    and we should appreciate it…

  • G

    Missing ProPakistani!

  • Khurram ShahzAd

    This initiative is nothing more than the promotion for telenor and facebook. This is nothing like free internet. Not even google is included. Plus if they want to really provide the access to people, who do not have that, they need to come plans and devices which cover the remote areas. What about people who do not have telenor. what about people who do not have phone and want to use free internet on , lets say a desktop.

    This could be good promotion for your business, but this defies the very defination on which Internet dot org was built. Thats “Gives access to internet to 2/3 of people who do not have it”.

    • Qaisar Khan

      Dost yeh koi nai baat nai hai
      sub ko pta ha yeh apni promotions kr rahe hein
      100% sacha kon hota ha ag kal ???

      • Zawyar Ur Rehman

        100 percent sacha shisha(mirror) hota he aaj kl :P

    • eyescreaman

      Its cheaper to buy a phone than a desktop, its possible to keep using a phone in power outage, its easier to maintain a phone than a desktop, mobile browsers are more data efficient than a full desktop counterparts. Should I keep going ?
      If you get the time read the FAQS of internet.org, they don’t want to have carrier exclusivity in any country, all carriers can get on this program if they want.

    • Wolverine

      Absolutely right.
      Give that man a medal…

  • Bilal Kaleem

    Missing Zuckerburg

    • laugh box

      You mean Chusserburg. Idiots sell him their privacy for a petty access to social network. hahah what a lame human generation we have these days.
      This daylight robbery failed even in tiny countries, and thats why they quickly turned to Pakistani market to benefit from abundance of ignorance and nonsense among us. Pak is a goldmine of real consumer data with absolutely no legal deterrents.

      • Wolverine

        I was wondering why a company like facebook is giving that much impotance to Pakistan and so quickly after the launch of that project. Because they know this nation is “Laawariss”

  • Bilal Iqbal

    App is not available…

    • Wolverine

      :) Chutzpah

      • Bilal Iqbal

        I had to use Default browser instead of Chrome or Mozilla because of their indirect path for browsing and this service is not available there (USA)

  • Hamza Khurshid

    Do I have to be on a 2G or 3G internet package to make it work? Because it is not opening at my end without any package.

    Also, I can’t find any app named internet.org on Windows Store.

  • Bilal

    This is just a way to access your personal data ,SMS and other data as in their acceptance policy you are agreeing to giving them access to your mobile and personal data,

  • Zohaib Hassan

    Zero balance walon ky liyeh best hai internet.org aur Balance jin logon ky account mein hoga woh khatem ho jaye ga.

  • Wolverine

    Chutzpah ho raha hai hmare sath

  • ali

    with zero balance u cannot use internet.org. So its a trap?????