Smart Offers Free Internet for All via Internet.Org Website and App for Android Smartphones and Tablets is an initiative spearheaded by Facebook that aims to make the benefits of mobile internet services accessible to two-thirds of the world's population who are not yet connected or online.

Smart Free Internet, Philippines

This project comes in the form of a website and Android application that subscribers can access for free using their smartphones or feature phones. On either platforms, users can browse Facebook among many other useful sites all for free -- that is, without having to pay for the mobile data that they consume or the time they spend online.

"We are working with operators, content partners, and governments from all over the world to address the barriers that prevent people from connecting and joining the knowledge economy," said Mr. Markku Makelainen, Facebook's Director of Global Operator Partnerships. "We are excited to bring app to the Philippines and give people access to internet services and tools that can help create new ideas and opportunities."

Smart Free Internet, Philippines

In a landmark or trailblazing move, last March 18, 2015, Smart Communications became the first telecommunications company to launch the app and website in the Philippines as well as the whole of Southeast Asia. Facebook has partnered with Airtel in Africa, Reliance in India, and Tigo for Colombia and Tanzania.

“Smart’s partnership with Facebook is a big boost to our ‘Internet for All’ campaign, an advocacy we have been strongly pushing for. By launching app with Facebook in the Philippines, we are making useful information within reach of millions of Filipinos,” shared Mr. Napoleon L. Nazareno, President and Chief Executive Officer of Smart Communications.

Smart Free Internet, Philippines

So if you're a Smart prepaid or postpaid subscriber, all you have to do is to either visit using your mobile browser or download the Internet.Org application by Facebook from Google Play Store on your Android smartphone or tablet and turn on your mobile data to start accessing all the supported sites for free even when you're away from a WiFi network.

Smart Free Internet, Philippines

In our country, the sites and services that you can access for free via Internet.Org include Facebook (Text-Only version), Messenger, WikiPedia, Inquirer, Bing Search, Accuweather, Ask, BabyCenter and Mama, Dictionary, ESPN, Facts of Life, Girl Effect, Interaksyon, Jobstreet, OLX, Pesos and Sense, PhilStar, RaincheckPH Lite, Rappler, SpinPH, TESDA, Wattpad, wikiHow, and Your Money.

Mr. Charles A. Lim, Executive Vice President and Wireless Consumer Division Head of Smart and Sun, explains what the PLDT Group hopes to achieve with this meaningful project done in partnership with Facebook, "Through, Smart and Facebook are able to provide Filipinos with a vast wealth of information at their fingertips, which in turn opens up doors for greater social opportunities for them – at no extra cost. This service is what we call ‘panalo’ or a ‘win’ for our subscribers, and embodies the brand’s celebration of life’s small victories every day."

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