Mark Zuckerberg’s dream of offering free Internet to people in India has finally become true. Facebook, in partnership with Reliance communications, have launched the internet.org service. If you’re an owner of Reliance SIM card, you can access 30+ top websites without any data transfer charges.
To get free Internet on Reliance, you’ll have to use internet.org app or website. The app comes with an inbuilt browser. When you download and run internet.org app, you’ll have to accept the term and conditions that will appear immediately after that app starts. If you do this, you’ll be redirected to a page that displays 2 tabs. The 1st tab displays bookmarks to 33 popular websites in India and 2nd tab loads your Reliance account.
Some popular sites that you can access free of charge are Times jobs site, OLX, Wikipedia, Facebook, bing search engine, BBC, Daily Bhaskar and Aaj Tak news. You can also get live cricket scores and cricket world cup 2015 updates without activating any SMS pack as the app includes bookmarks to ESPN site.
The account page in the 2nd tab of the app displays a list of 2G Reliance Internet plans that users can activate on their handsets. When I used Internet.org app on my Android phone, I didn’t face any connectivity issues nor did I see any annoying ads.
The app and service are awesome, but you’ll have to be careful while using it on your mobile device. To get free Internet on Android device, you’ll have to activate data connection from your Android phone/tablet settings.
Some applications that have network access permission may transfer data automatically over the Reliance network and you might be billed for every bit of data transferred. To avoid this, you must disable automatic network access permission for apps and games.
Download Internet.org app for Reliance carrier.
Anyways, Intenet.org service is now live in 5 major circles of Reliance communications (Maharashtra, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh). Telecom operators like Airtel and Tigo have also partnered with Facebook to offer free Internet to the people of some African countries. Stay tuned for more updates!