Cell C has announced that it will be offering zero-rated access to Facebook from 1 July 2015.
The promotion will be available to all postpaid, top-up, and prepaid subscribers until 31 August 2015, Cell C said.
“We were the first and only mobile player in SA to offer zero-rated access to WhatsApp and now we are building on that with this Facebook offering,” said Cell C CEO, Jose Dos Santos.
Subscribers will be able to use Messenger, post comments and pictures, view and share posts and pictures, and view News Feed and profiles at no charge.
Cell C also announced that it has partnered with Facebook to bring affordable Internet access to consumers by launching Facebook’s Internet.org initiative in South Africa.
Subscribers can get the Internet.org application is available through the Google Play Store, or visit www.internet.org, Cell C said.
Postpaid and top up customers will automatically get free access to Facebook and Internet.org while prepaid customers need to ensure they recharge once every 30 days to show they are active on the network.
Normal Internet browsing, VoIP calling, Facebook videos, YouTube, and Instagram will be charged at standard data rates or will deplete data bundles available.
Subscribers will also have the option to buy Cell C data bundles while on Facebook or Internet.org.
After the promotion expires, Cell C subscribers will still be able to get free Facebook through Internet.org.
“From 1 September for a period of 12 months, customers who want to continue using Facebook Messenger, post comments, view and share posts and view News Feeds and profiles free of charge, can do so by accessing Facebook through the Internet.org application,” Cell C said.
During this 12-month period, all the sites available through Internet.org on the Cell C network will remain free when accessing links through the application.
Viewing and posting pictures, normal Internet browsing, VOIP calling, Facebook videos, YouTube, and Instagram will be charged at standard data rates or will deplete data bundles where available.
A full list of sites available through Internet.org can be found here.