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T-Mobile's GoSmart to Offer Free Facebook Access

T-Mobile announced today that beginning next month, customers of its GoSmart Mobile prepaid brand will be able to access Facebook for free, even if they don't have a data plan. The free service will allow users to surf Facebook.com using their phone's browser or a Facebook app. The access will include everything hosted on Facebook, even videos. But if a user clicks a link that would take them off the Facebook domain they will be denied access.

The deal is a partnership between Facebook and T-Mobile. Facebook started doing similar deals with carriers in the developing world a couple of years ago and has expanded the program to include 18 operators in countries around the world including India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Nigeria, Germany and the UK. GoSmart is the first US operator to offer free Facebook access.

GoSmart has four plans (listed below), two of which don't include data access. But starting next month all GoSmart users will have free Facebook access.
  • $25/month. Unlimited Talk
  • $30/month Unlimited Talk and Text, including picture messaging but no other data
  • $35/month Unlimited Talk Text and Web at "2G" speeds
  • $45/month Unlimited Talk Text and "high speed data" with the first 5 GB at "3G" speeds
This deal makes sense for both companies. Facebook gets more mobile users that they can serve ads to and GoSmart has an additional selling point for their plans. I expect to see more big web properties doing similar deals with operators.

Sources: T-Mobile, Facebook

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  1. Not sure of the market for this one, but airvoice $30 plan is identical, but gives a little bit of data and a whole lot better network for the same price.

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    1. Airvoice is good but their $30 is not identical to 30orLess. There's no LTE with Airvoice and the data is hard capped at 100 MB compared with 30orLess' unlimited data soft capped at 500 MB.

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    2. AirVoice $30 plan is a better value than GoSmart $30, but $30orLess gives you more for the money than AirVoice, especially with no-cost voice and data roaming coverage.

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  2. HOFO ID Grateful4adviceDecember 24, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Several years ago Captain Smokey on HoFo promoted a work around that allowed TMO customers to circumvent TMO's walled garden. I think it involved changing the browser user agent via a modified Opera Mini and using Capt.Smokey's specific website. I may have misdescribed the mechanics of it.

    Would a similar work around permit this Facebook access to be more useful?

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    1. Probably. You just need to find someone with a GoSmart account and the necessary hacking skills to modify Opera Mini by adding facebook.com to the Opera Mini server address.

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  3. Unlimited Facebook is a selling point? I might be more interested if they had unlimited blocking of Facebook.

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    1. No kidding, my phone is obsessed with telling me to download the Facebook app.

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  4. Merry Christmas Dennis

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  5. this free-facebook-plan is perfect for my cousins, my aunts, and my uncles who do nothing except facebook on their android phones. they seem to be typical of those very very very non-techie android users who don't know how to do techie things on their Samsung Galaxy S3 phones. they surely don't read this website and they think that reading techie websites are beyond them as if that's not in their normal bubble way of doing things. my cousins are very typical in this way like a lot of non-techhead people that often think that my iphone is exactly the same (except smaller) as their android phone. facebook is their online life and they don't do other apps and would say wow about how their Samsung Galaxy S3 phones can do a lot more but they simply go back to just doing their facebook, take pictures, customize their wallpaper, send text messages, do occasional email, and of course do phone calls. but get into android apps, try to have the fastest internet and most data on their phone? nope. they would be happy with this GoSmart Free-Facebook Plan, but they will just stick with their current more expensive plans because that's all they know and are happy to remain blind to other options for their smartphones. good luck to GoSmart in its chances for attracting any customers because it would be a miracle if they get many.

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