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Free Facebook access on Du phones

No data charges for new 0.facebook.com mobile site

Du subscribers can access the new Facebook mobile site for free.
Du subscribers can access the new Facebook mobile site for free.

Facebook users can now access the social networking site for free through their Du mobile phone without worrying about data charges.

Du is one of more than fifty mobile operators worldwide make the new mobile 0.facebook.com site available for free to subscribers.

The 0.facebook.com site is marketed as a faster and lighter version of Facebook's m.facebook.com mobile site, with users able to update their status, view their News Feed, send and reply to messages and write on their friends' Wall.

One key difference is the fact the new site strips away graphics and photos. Users have the option of clicking on links to photos to view them, but will have to leave the 0.facebook.com site, to do so and incurring regular data charges.

"As a young and innovative provider of cutting-edge telecom solutions, we are proud to announce that our mobile phone customers in the UAE are the first in the Middle East to experience this innovative service, in partnership with Facebook. With social media, and in particular Facebook, becoming an integral part of people's life - from social use to business-related social media platforms - du understands the continually evolving needs and demands of its modern customers" says Farid Faraidooni, Chief Commercial Officer, Du.

While Sid Murlidhar, a program manager for Facebook Mobile, revealed that 0.facebook.com will be available to a few other operators including Vodafone in Qatar ‘soon', operators in Bahrain, Egypt, Kuwait and Saudi Arabia have been left out along with Etisalat in the United Arab Emirates.