30 Nov '12, 3am

Google #FreeZone to encourage mobile users in emerging markets to go online.

Google #FreeZone to encourage mobile users in emerging markets to go online.

Google launched its Free Zone project earlier this month, which gives non-smartphone users access to services like search, email and social networking. The Philippines is the first beneficiary of Google Free Zone, with the Philippines’ Globe Telecom being the partner for this effort. Through Google Free Zone, Globe users can access Google search, Gmail and Google+ social networking services even without a data plan. Free Zone is actually targeted at non-smartphone users, such as those on feature-phones that come with built-in mobile web browsers and GPRS or 3G connectivity. However, those who have Android devices, Windows Phone or iPhones can also access the service (although Google warns that other data charges may apply, given how these devices pull data in the background). Google says the experience is not as fluid as those on smartphones, but the point is to increase a...

Full article: http://e27.sg/2012/11/30/google-free-zone-to-encourage-mo...

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