How to access Facebook and Wikipedia for free, without wasting any data

You may not know this, but Facebook launched an initiative all the way back in 2010 that would allow users completely data-free use of its website, though the functionality is definitely stripped down. Called Facebook Zero, the program is aimed at underdeveloped markets, especially those in Africa, which are expected to continue growing their use of the internet, and thus, Facebook. Thankfully, the initiative was taken up by carriers from all parts of the worlds, and though a conclusive list is unavailable, you can easily test and see if yours is participating.

To access Facebook Zero, all you have to do is add an actual 0 in front of the address (yes, only the mobile web view qualifies). In other words, simply go ahead and and type this into your phone's browser: 0.facebook.com. If the site at all loads, you'll likely see a black strip on the top of the page that says that your carrier is part of the program. If not, you'll be re-directed to an error page that makes it clear that your carrier hasn't enrolled into it.

But that's not all. Wikipedia Zero, as the name implies, is another such initiative hoping to bring data-free access to the world's largest repository of knowledge. Unlike Facebook, however, you don't necessarily need to do anything fancy to access it free of charge – the vast majority of participating carriers (full list here) will not charge you for browsing m.wikipedia.org anyway. In some cases, however, you may have to access zero.wikipedia.org to take advantage of the program. Like with Facebook Zero, a rectangular strip on the top will indicate if your carrier is participating, and an error page (at zero.wikipedia.org) will make it clear if it doesn't.

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14 Comments

1. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

thats cool i never knew about this. but i dont really get on facebook much these days. i use twitter more now. BTW AT&T is not participating with facebook zero i just checked lol

5. orphant

Posts: 35; Member since: Oct 22, 2014

Neither is Verizon, unsurprisingly

2. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

now if we could use 0.pornhub.com id be happy

3. arch_angel

Posts: 1651; Member since: Feb 20, 2015

hell nah lol nice one

6. Youraveragejoe

Posts: 134; Member since: Oct 31, 2014

Free 1080p videos! Hell yeah!

7. apple4never

Posts: 1064; Member since: May 08, 2013

just waiting for my 4k 3d tv......

8. Af1rPA

Posts: 712; Member since: Jun 12, 2014

Webpage is not available. DAMMIT!!

13. eN16HTMAR3

Posts: 253; Member since: Oct 08, 2013

LOL...............................................​.......

4. tommartin17

Posts: 32; Member since: Apr 07, 2015

interesting...

9. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

lol my carrier explicitly stated this on some of their prepaid top-up cards back in those days

10. Mnisi86

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

We enjoyed 0.fb around 2010/11 but then it was cancelled, i dont know why.

11. Mnisi86

Posts: 8; Member since: Apr 14, 2015

We enjoyed 0.fb around 2010/11 but then it was cancelled, i dont know why. Swaziland - developing country

14. bendgate unregistered

Profit. Facebook is one of the highest used site. Giving highly used site for free isn't good for their business

12. Awaragardiyan unregistered

0.pornhub.com ! LOL

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