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threeMobile operator Three is offering free access with no mobile internet data charges to a version of Facebook that’s lightweight and optimised for speed. The 0.facebook.com service will be free to access for Three subscribers for at least one full year, at the discretion of the mobile operator.

“By sponsoring 0.facebook.com Three is enabling its customers to stay connected through Facebook with their friends and family,” a Three suit told AG.

“It is a new faster, lightweight version of Facebook’s mobile site m.facebook.com. The site does not have graphics or photos and 0.facebook.com’s pages have been designed for performance on Three’s network.”

Photos posted on Facebook can still be accessed by clicking a link, when users will be prompted that they are leaving 0.facebook.com. Standard data charges will then apply.
 
Charlotte Blanchard, director of products and services at Three said the company wanted to make the mobile internet easy and affordable for everyone.

“We have the only 100 per cent 3G network in the UK so that we can provide our customers with the very best experience of the mobile internet,” she said.

“We are always looking to work with innovative companies to provide simple and fast mobile access to Facebook across the world.”