Facebook understands that it really needs to be on every phone in order to stay on top of the social networking scene, which means being on more phones than iPhones and Android phones, especially with more than 250 million mobile users.
Today, Facebook is addressing this with a new app called Facebook for Every Phone for the feature phones that can download Java apps. It includes a lightweight News Feed, a way to upload and share photos from your phone, and an inbox for your Facebook messages. You can download it on m.facebook.com or mobile app stores such as Appia, Mobile Weaver, or GetJar.
In order to get people to try this new service, Facebook is willing to pay for the first 90 days’ worth of data that the app uses. Facebook also designed the product to be data efficient, which should definitely help.
The new app so far looks like a byproduct of Facebook’s acquisition of Snaptu that happened back in March. It is in keeping with the other projects Facebook has started to make sure Facebook is fast and accessible on all devices around the world such as Facebook Zero.
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