In a country where only a fraction of the mobile users have access to the world wide web, Reliance Communications has taken the first step to offer free internet access to all its users. And unlike many other free internet access schemes this initiative comes without any conditions.
RCom will now offer free internet access to dozens of web services and portals to anyone using its network.
The free internet access will be provided via internet.org- a joint initiative by Facebook and RCom. To access the internet for free the users should either open Internet.org on their web browser or just download its app from Play Store. We were unable to access the mobile site of Internet.org from UC Browser but it loaded just fine on Google Chrome.
Check the screenshots to take a look at its web interface.
List of key services offered for free are Facebook, Messenger, Bing Search, Times of India, NDTV, Internet Basics, Facts of Life, Aaj Tak, AccuWeather, BBC News, Cleartrip, ESPN Cricinfo, India Today, OLX, TimesJobs, Translator, WikiHow, Wikipedia, and many more.
As it is not specified, it would be safe to assume that the users will only be able to browse Facebook and other listed web portals for free.
Downloading apps and other stuff off the internet will be charged as per the base tariff.
The Future With Free Internet Access
Free internet access to these select few but important services means the beginning of a new era. Users no longer have to visit a pay for browsing Wikipedia, OLX, various newspaper websites, many job portals, and of course the mother of time pass- Facebook.com.
This move of Reliance will certainly attract huge masses to port to Reliance network. Facebook on the other hand will be benefitted then these users sign up with them.
This is the first of many steps towards towards the Digital India campaign and will hopefully take those online who can’t afford the expensive 2G and 3G data packs. Think about the people living in rural areas, who do not have access to any internet cafe and simply to poor to afford an internet pack.
I just hope that the people will use Internet.org for learning and not just for browsing Facebook. What do you think about this?