Facebook Adds Simplified Mobile Site

Facebook Tuesday launched a lightweight version of its mobile site called O.facebook.com aimed at users without data plans or with slow Internet connections.

Previewed earlier this year as Facebook Zero, the new mobile site is meant to load faster by simplifying some features while still allowing users to do basic things like read their news feeds, publish status updates and wall posts, and post "Likes" and comments.

Facebook has partnered with 50 carriers in 45 countries access to offer the service for free, even if users don’t have an existing data plan with their carrier. People will only pay for data charges when they view photos or when they leave 0.facebook.com to browse other mobile sites.

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