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Facebook to offer cheap messaging via telco deals

Social media firm partners with three Arab operators to offer discounted data access

The promotion will be available through Saudi Telecom Company, Bahrain’s Viva and Egypt’s Etisalat Misr.
The promotion will be available through Saudi Telecom Company, Bahrain’s Viva and Egypt’s Etisalat Misr.

Facebook Inc today announced a series of partnerships with mobile operators around the world to provide free or discounted data access to Facebook messaging for their subscribers.

Through the promotion, free or discounted data access will be available in the coming months on Messenger for Android, Messenger for iOS and Facebook for Every Phone, which is now optimised for chat.

The promotion will be available from more than 18 operators in 14 countries include Saudi Telecom Company, Bahrain's Viva and Egypt's Etisalat Misr.

According to Facebook, three out of every four people use its messaging system to send a message on the platform each month, making messaging one of the most popular activities on the social networking site.

Facebook also said that messaging and chat can be accessed from more than 6,000 mobile phones via Facebook Messenger, Facebook for iOS and Android, Facebook for Every Phone, m.facebook.com and across other devices with Facebook integration.

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