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Facebook's Internet.org lets Indian residents access basic internet services for free

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Facebook Inc has tied up with India's Reliance Communications Ltd to offer free access to a handful of online services in India, broadening its campaign to boost Internet use in the developing world.
India, the world's second-biggest mobile market, will become the first country in Asia to get the new Internet.org app, which targets mobile phone users.

The app, aimed at low income and rural users, will offer access to more than 30 Web services, including job listings, healthcare and education sites, as well as Facebook's own social network and messaging services. It will be provided via the Android operating system.

Specifically, Reliance customers in six states (Tamil Nadu, Mahararashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Kerala, and Telangana) will get access to the more than 30 Web services. Reliance subscribers can access these services in the Internet.org Android app, at http://www.internet.org, from the start screen of the Opera Mini mobile web browser, and using the Android app UC Browser for Internet.org. Most of the services will be available in English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati and Marathi.

In its blog post announcing the rollout, Facebook said, "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."

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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
 
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