Text-Only ‘Facebook Zero’ Coming Soon to Simple Phones

If you still find Facebook Lite a bit too heavy, a new, even more minimalist service called “Facebook Zero” might just do the trick. As Pocket-Lint reports, Facebook exec Chamath Palihapitiya mentioned the forthcoming service during a keynote speech at this year’s Mobile World Conference, and said that it would offer a “text-only” version of the social networking site for mobile Web browsers. As TechCrunch speculates, it’ll probably be offered to carriers for free, with users incurring data service charges only if they decide to switch out of text-only mode to view or upload Facebook multimedia like photos.

In an e-mail to TechCrunch, Facebook spokesperson Brandee Barker described the new service as “a lightweight version of m.facebook.com that omits data intensive applications like Photos.” Barker also wrote that the impetus behind the initiative was “to make Facebook on the mobile Web available to everyone, anywhere and allow operators to encourage more mobile Internet usage.” Zero’s due to go live within the next few weeks at zero.facebook.com, although there’s no official launch date as of yet. And even though we’ll always prefer our Facebook prepared rich and creamy the way Mom made it, we’re definitely looking forward to giving this low-calorie, low-cost option a taste.

by Amar Toor — Feb 17th 2010 at 11:08AM


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