App Provides Free Access to Facebook, Wikipedia, and More
Article by George Norman
On 01 Aug 2014’s goal is to bring the internet to the two thirds of the world’s population that don’t yet have it. The recently presented app certainly lives up to that goal. The app provides free and easy access to a set of health, employment and local information services.

“Over 85% of the world’s population lives in areas with existing cellular coverage, yet only about 30% of the total population accesses the internet. Affordability and awareness are significant barriers to internet adoption for many and today we are introducing the app to make the internet accessible to more people by providing a set of free basic services,” said


Airtel customers in Zambia, a landlocked country in Southern Africa, will get the app first. Through the app, they will be able to access several online services for free.

The app will provide free access to: A video that presents the app is available here.

“With this app, people can browse a set of useful health, employment and local information services without data charges. By providing free basic services via the app, we hope to bring more people online and help them discover valuable services they might not have otherwise,” said

Additional info on is available here.

UPDATE, October 29, 2014: the app launched in Tanzania. Starting with the 29th of October, 2014, the app is available to Tigo subscribers in Tanzania.

UPDATE, November 10, 2014:
at AfricaCom in Cape Town, Facebook’s Vice President of Chris Daniels announced that the app will be available to Airtel subscribers in Kenya later this week.

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