However, i have discovered that it’s not only Facebook that is free while using Globe’s “Free Facebook Only” on my smartphone. Almost all apps are working on the internet–from Google.com, Skype, WeChat, Twitter, YahooMail, and Gmail while availing the promo which runs from October 31, 2013 to January 25, 2014.(Screenshot below shows Skype Chat that i tried using the Globe’s promo this afternoon.)
I don’t know if we have the same experience but i always do some experiments whenever there are promos by telcos to prove if it’s not only a marketing gimmick. And this one is a good discovery. Supposedly, after completing the registration process to enjoy the Globe’s “Free Facebook Only“, the free service is within the bounds of FB and any link outside it when you proceed shall be charged as shown in the right image below. Left image below shows the words “Free Data” just below the status bar indicating you’re on Globe’s “Free Facebook Only“.
Another discovery– i tried proceeding to the outside link and again, to my amusement i was able to connect to the link/page without incurring any additional charges. I’m not lying here. No extra charges at all. It’s because the Globe number i used in this curiosity experiment is my “public” prepaid number and it has been on ZERO load credit for several months now.
Purposely i used my prepaid number because my earlier contention is that i would still be charged for other app-related connection to the net while availing the Globe’s “Free Facebook Only” service if i’ll used my postpaid account.
Why my doubts? Here’s the explanation. When you avail of the Globe’s “Free Facebook Only” service, you need to turn on the “mobile data” switch of your smartphone so that it’s data modem shall work and connect to the internet. By doing so, all your apps that are pre-programmed to automatically update to its respective server shall be connected to the net and therefore, incur corresponding charges. To avoid this, i’m using my prepaid number with zero load credits to avail of the Globe’s “Free Facebook Only“.
The only app that didn’t work for me (at least on me) is YouTube. The video is buffering or loading but i’m not sure if it gonna play or not under the free service. Tethering is also not possible under the Globe’s “Free Facebook Only“.
There are three (3) ways to avail the free service: 1.) Dial *143# , choose FREE FB and follow the prompts; 2.) Logon to m.facebook.com/free on your phone browser; and 3.) Launch the Facebook app.(Left image below shows the FREE FB on a web browser while on the right image below is the Facebook app using the free service with the words “Free Data” on the top of the page.)
If you opt out from the Globe’s “Free Facebook Only” service, dial *143#, choose FREE FB and STOP. 🙂
Globe is already collecting me whenever i proceeded to view the link outside of Facebook. The image below, shows i am subscribed to a one-day 10MB data connection and loaned from Globe a P10-load since my prepaid number is empty.