After conquering the smartphone market with its apps for both Android and iPhone, Facebook is finally looking to get into the lesser models, the so called ‘feature phones’, or as some people like to call – dumb phones.
Last week the company announced a new Java based ‘Facebook for Every Phone’ app that works on over 2,500 different phones. This app allows user of low-feature phones to do many of the stuff their smartphone counterparts can do such as access Facebook’s News Feed, Inbox, and Photos. Additionally, users will also be able to upload photos and find friends from their phone’s contacts.
To celebrate the launch, Facebook is collaborating with 20 carriers on various countries to offer users free data access to this app for 90 days. This experience is optimized to use less data than other Java apps or mobile sites, making it much more affordable for people to use when the 90-day period ends.
Users will supported phones can download the app by visiting m.facebook.com and scrolling down to the download link, or by entering d.facebook.com/install directly into their mobile browser. You can also find it in leading app stores, including GetJar, Appia, and Mobile Weaver.
See the list of carriers that Facebook has partnered with to offer free data for the first 90 days here.