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
Sources: T-Mobile, Facebook