March 23, 2015

Facebook’s app debuts in Southeast Asia with Smart’s Talk ‘N Text app

To help bring the mobile Internet to all Filipinos, Smart through its value brand Talk ‘N Text, has partnered with Facebook to introduce the app, offering a set of mobile internet services – including useful education, news, health, messaging and communication – without data charges.

For its initial phase, app allows Filipinos to enjoy free access to a buffet of 24 websites featuring informative and practical content, including Facebook and Messenger, on their mobile phones. is a Facebook-led initiative that aims to make mobile Internet services available to two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected. Smart is the first telco to launch with app in the Philippines, and today’s launch marks the first time the app will be available in Southeast Asia.

Since 2014, has rolled out in six countries, including Colombia, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, India and Zambia, enabling people to browse useful information and websites with zero data charges.

Bannering the app launch in the Philippines is Smart’s budget brand Talk ‘N Text, which targets the larger mass segment of the population. Subscribers may download the app on Google Play Store or by visiting from a mobile browser. They may also simply text INTERNET to 9999 to enjoy the services.

With the app on their mobile phones, TNT, Smart and Sun subscribers nationwide may now access general information on, Bing,, wikiHow and Wikipedia; get news updates on Inquirer, PhilStar, Interaksyon, and Rappler; stay updated on sports through ESPN and SPIN.PH; check out the weather and climate through Accuweather and RainCheckPH; and enjoy stories via Wattpad.

They may also check out free programs and trainings on the official website of the Technical Education and Skills Development Authority at; check employment opportunities on Jobstreet; sell items on; gain financial literacy via PesosandSense and; learn about women’s issues in sites like BabyCenter & MAMA and Girl Effect; and access health information on UNICEF’s Facts for Life.

On top of these sites, subscribers may enjoy the services of Facebook and Facebook Messenger, which they may use to connect to loved ones and friends.

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