Zong and Facebook have come together to connect more people to the Internet with the launch of Free Basics in Pakistan, a statement issued by the company has said.
Zong says that more people in Pakistan will have access to a range of free basic service like news, health, travel, local jobs, sports, education, services for women and entertainment via the freebasics.com website and mobile application.
Free Basics is available to more than one billion people across Asia, Africa and Latin America. Previously, Telenor was only operator in Pakistan to offer Free Basics to its customers.
Speaking on the launch, Director Marketing Zong Zhang Peng said, ” We are excited to make the Internet available to millions of people in Pakistan through the launch of Free Basics by Facebook. This initiative will promote the use of the Internet and help enrich people’s lives with new opportunities.”
Zong customers (Prepaid and Postpaid) will be able to receive free access to both Facebook and Free Basic services respectively. There is no subscription required for these services and will be available by default to all Zong subscriber.
“A critical part of providing internet access to the two-thirds of the world not yet connected is addressing the barriers to internet adoption,” said Ms. Anna Nygren, Head of Growth Partnerships, APAC at Facebook. “Today’s launch of Free Basics in Pakistan with Zong, brings us one step closer to closing the global connectivity gap.”
How to Use Free Basics on Zong:
- If you are Zong customer, simply enable your data services and go to freebasics.com or download app from iOS or Play store
- Start browsing the websites available on Free Basics
- There won’t be any data charges for browsing Free Basics
- Keep in mind that data consumed by your smartphone in the background will be charged as per usual tariffs.
- It is advised to disable auto-sync, or any other services and apps to avoid any unwanted data consumption
For richer content like videos or external links, Zong customers will be charged as per their data plan when they click on the ‘View Photos’ digital button in the Facebook page (a pop-up will inform customers when they click on such content).