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Facebook Rolls Out New Discover App

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Facebook has rolled out a new app called Discover. The app is part of its "Free Basics Initiative" that provides wireless customers access to free but limited amount of data every day.

As Facebook says, this data can be used to browse websites with "low-bandwidth traffic". Through this free data, users can continue to stay connected even if they already consumed the monthly data allotment included in their plan. 

Unfortunately, this app is only available in certain locations. Facebook launched the app in Peru, where a number of mobile users typically pay for minutes and data on a pay-as-you-go scheme. Even though their carriers offer relatively cheap data and plans, there are areas where income is limited. And with the ongoing health crisis, the tourism industry in the country has been severely affected. 

Discover lets subscribers go on a text-only website through the app or a mobile browser. You can use this by going to 0.discoverapp.com. The carriers that are participating in the country include Bitel, Entel, Claro, and Movistar. Subscribers get a notification each day on how much free data they receive. 

You do not need to have a Facebook account in order to use the Discover app since it has its own terms and conditions. Facebook also shares that this new app does not use data to suggest new friends and pages or personalize targeted apps. 

After Peru, Facebook plans to launch the app in other countries with their partners. It is said to be launching in Thailand, the Philippines, and Iraq real soon. 



Source: Facebook 

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  1. I'm stuck in Peru for the coronavirus quarantine. I tried this out and it works. I haven't refilled my prepaid phone for two months so I have no datam other than WiFi. It's all text based, but it's free and it works!

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