Facebook now offers mobile app for feature phones
Facebook announced on Wednesday that it has developed a mobile app for feature phones. Currently, a Facebook app is available for just about any smartphone platform but the company says that it wans "to bring Facebook to the most popular mobile phones around the world." Last year, Facebook Zero was launched as a mobile speed-optimized alternative which allowed the social web site to be seen in 45 more countries through 50 mobile operators. Today's announcement adds 14 more carriers and 2500 devices to the total number of mobile handsets that can access Facebook on the fly.
In the release, Facebook product manager Mark Heynen said, "The app provides a better Facebook experience for our most popular features, including an easier-to-navigate home screen, contact synchronization, and fast scrolling of photos and friend updates. We also wanted to make it available to as many people as possible. Similar to the 0.Facebook.com site, we've worked with mobile operators from around the world to let you try this without paying for any data charges. The 14 mobile operators...are offering free data access when using the new Facebook mobile app during the first 90 days after they launch." The 14 carriers span the globe as Facebook continues its amazing growth spurt.