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Reach the next wave of people coming to the internet.
Join the Free Basics Platform by adding your app, website, or service to Free Basics, which provides people free access to a range of basic services in markets where internet access may be less affordable.
Add your website to Free Basics to:
- Grow your audience by providing affordable access to your services.
- Scale your social impact.
- Establish your brand early in the fastest-growing mobile markets.
Free Basics by Facebook provides people with access to useful services on their mobile phones in markets where internet access may be less affordable. The websites are available for free without data charges, and include content on things like news, employment, health, education and local information. By introducing people to the benefits of the internet through these websites, we hope to bring more people online and help improve their lives.
Free Basics is available in 42 countries with the following mobile operators:
Africa & Middle East
- Angola (Movicel)
- Benin (MTN)
- Cape Verde (Unitel)
- Democratic Republic of the Congo (Airtel, Tigo)
- Gabon (Airtel)
- Ghana (Airtel)
- Guinea (Cellcom)
- Guinea-Bissau (MTN)
- Iraq (AsiaCell, Korek & Zain)
- Kenya (Airtel)
- Liberia (Cellcom)
- Madagascar (Blueline)
- Malawi (Airtel & TNM)
- Mauritania (Mauritel)
- Mozambique (Mcel)
- Niger (Airtel)
- Nigeria (Airtel)
- Rwanda (Airtel)
- Senegal (Tigo)
- Seychelles (Airtel)
- South Africa (Cell C)
- Tanzania (Tigo & Airtel)
- Zambia (Airtel)
- Bangladesh (Grameenphone & Robi)
- Cambodia (Smart Axiata)
- Indonesia (Indosat)
- Maldives (Ooredoo)
- Mongolia (G-Mobile, Mobicom & Skytel)
- Myanmar (MPT)
- Pakistan (Telenor & Zong)
- Philippines (Globe & Smart)
- Thailand (DTAC & TrueMove)
- Timor-Leste (Telkomcel)
- Vanuatu (Telecom)
- Bolivia (Viva)
- Colombia (Tigo)
- El Salvador (Digicel)
- Guatemala (Tigo)
- Mexico (Iusacell, Telcel & Virgin)
- Panama (Digicel)
- Peru (Entel)
- Suriname (Digicel)
Free Basics will continue to expand to more countries around the world.
Mobile Operator Partnership Program
Free Basics provides Mobile Operators with a sustainable program that addresses each step of the new subscriber journey. The program begins by educating people on the benefits and value of the internet. Once people understand the internet and are engaged, we help our partners sustain these new users—over 50% of people who use Free Basics pay for data and access the broader internet within 30 days.
We have also built a robust infrastructure which makes it easy for any operator to complete the integrations and technical work required to launch Free Basics on their network. Free Basics is not exclusive. We invite all operators around the world to participate.
This is only the beginning of creating a sustainable system for the mobile operator industry. If you’re interested in working with us, or learning more, contact us here.
Partner With Us
Are you a mobile operator interested in learning more about Free Basics? We’re looking forward to hearing from you!
Free Basics is an open platform. Anyone can add their website to the Free Basics Platform so long as they abide by our participation guidelines, which exist to optimize for performance on older phones and slower network connections.
Reach new-to-internet users across Africa, Asia, and Latin America and make a social impact by adapting your mobile app or website for the Free Basics platform.
Reach over 1 billion new-to-internet users across Africa, Asia, and Latin America with your information and services by joining the Free Basics Platform.
Praekelt Foundation Incubator for Free Basics
If you need technical assistance to create a website that is compatible with Free Basics, apply to the Praekelt Foundation Incubator for Free Basics.
The Praekelt Foundation Incubator, a joint project from Facebook and the Praekelt Foundation, offers 100 social change organizations $200,000 in services and support, including technical tools, content development and management support, capacity building consulting, and leadership training. The Incubator will help you adapt your content and add it to Free Basics. Click here to see the press release.
If you already have a website or mobile app and are looking for opportunities to grow, apply to FbStart.
FbStart is a program from Facebook designed to help early stage mobile startups build and grow their apps. FbStart offers up to $80,000 in tools and services. In addition to these benefits, developers are eligible to receive management consulting, exclusive access to developer courses on Coursera, access to the Universal Core content management system, and social media consulting as part of FbStart’s Social Good package.
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