Facebook and Reliance Communications are making the internet available to millions of people in India through the launch of the FreeBasics app and free basic services.
This is the first time the FreeBasics app will be available in the region.
Reliance customers in six Indian states (Tamil Nadu, Mahararashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, and Telangana) will now have access to more than three dozen services ranging from news, maternal health, travel, local jobs, sports, communication, and local government information.
The full list of free services includes:
Aaj Tak - Read news in Hindi
AccuWeather - Get updated weather information
amarujala.com - Read news in Hindi
AP Speaks - Engage with local government
Babajob - Search for jobs
BabyCenter & MAMA - Learn about pregnancy and children
BBC News - Read news from around the world
Bing Search - Find information
Cleartrip - Check train and flight schedules & buy tickets
Daily Bhaskar - Read local news
Dictionary.com - Search for meanings of words
ESPN Cricinfo - Get cricket updates
Facebook - Communicate with friends and family
Facts for Life - Find health and hygiene information
Girl Effect - Read articles and tips for girls
HungamaPlay - Listen to music
IBNLive - Read news
iLearn - Learn from Women Entrepreneurs
India Today - Read local news
Internet Basics - Learn about the basics of the Internet
Jagran - Read local news
Jagran Josh - Get education and career information
Maalai Malar - Read news in Tamil
Maharashtra Times - Read news in Marathi
Malaria No More - Learn about malaria
manoramanews.com - Read local news
Messenger - Send messages to friends and family
NDTV - Read news
Newshunt - Read news in English
OLX - Buy and sell products and services
Reliance Astrology - Read your horoscope
Reuters Market Lite - Get farming and crop information
Socialblood - Register to donate blood
Times of India - Read news
TimesJobs - Search for jobs
Translator - Translate words and phrases
Wikipedia - Find information
wikiHow - Find information
Reliance customers in India can access these services in the Internet.org Android app, at
https://0.freebasics.com, from the start screen of the
Opera Mini mobile web browser, and using the Android app UC Browser for FreeBasics.
Most of the services will be available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati and Marathi.
This is a big step forward in our efforts to connect everyone to the internet, and to help people share their ideas and creativity with the entire world. We’ll continue to improve the experience and roll it out to other parts of the world.