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Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi app lets to buy data packs and find nearby Wi-Fi hotspots

Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi app lets to buy data packs and find nearby Wi-Fi hotspots

Facebook had quietly launched R6;Express Wi-FiR7; Android app in the store which lets users buy data packs and find the nearby hotspots as part of Facebook’s distributed Wi-Fi network.

The company’s Express Wi-Fi program is live in five developing countries that see local owners operating Wi-Fi hotspots where people can pay to access higher-speed bandwidth via local telecoms instead of paying steep prices for slow cellular data connections.

Previously, Express Wi-Fi users had to dig out a mobile website, or directly download an app from a telecom that required reconfiguring a phone’s settings. There wasn’t any way to look up where hotspots were located. The new Google Play app can be downloaded the normal way. It’s now live in Indonesia with bandwidth from telecom partner D-Net, and in Kenya through Surf. The app can also tell if a user’s Wi-Fi is turned on to help with set up, and they can file reports to Facebook about connectivity or retailer issues.

The launch signals Facebook expanding its pursuit of developing world audiences that first need internet access before they can become lucrative Facebook users. Unlike its much-criticized zero-rating program called Free Basics (formerly Internet.org), Express Wi-Fi offers a full, unrestricted version of the web for a price instead of only low-bandwidth services approved by Facebook. This strategy could help it achieve its mission of getting more disconnected people in the developing world online without the net neutrality concerns. Making Express Wi-Fi an actual business might save Facebook from backlash about it masking a user growth driver inside a philanthropic initiative.

Credits: https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/15/facebook-express-wi-fi-app/

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Facebook's Express Wi-Fi app lets to buy data packs and find nearby Wi-Fi hotspots
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Facebook's Express Wi-Fi app lets to buy data packs and find nearby Wi-Fi hotspots
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Facebook had quietly launched 'Express Wi-Fi' Android app in the Google Play store which lets users buy data packs and find the nearby hotspots as part of Facebook’s distributed Wi-Fi network.
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