Internet.org initiative will offer free access to several popular websites to consumers. In India, the initiative has been rolled out in collaboration with Reliance communications, and all Reliance customers can access apps listed in Internet.org for free. One of the most popular web browser, UC Browser, is also part of this list.
In total 30 websites will be available for free to Reliance subscribers in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Kerala. The project will gradually spread across India and include more sites which are light and won’t cause congestion on the network.
“We are honored to be part of the Internet.org program and to be able to bring critical information to our users without data charges. Giving people free access to those information could substantially increase the rate of Internet adoption as well as enable people to stay informed about and connected with the world,” says Kenny Ye, Managing Director of UCWeb India.
The initiative is led by Facebook and aims at making affordable internet access available to the two thirds of the world who are not yet connected and to provide better opportunities to several other connected users around the globe.
UC Web claims that its browser app on Internet.org is similar and equally efficient to UC Browser for Android. You can access features like Facebook real-time notification, smart downloading, support of background downloading with auto re-connection, incognito browsing, night mode, video gesture control, custom themes, etc.
Some other apps included in this project are Times job, Bing search, UNICEF, iLearn, Girl Effect, BBC News, TOI, Aaj Tak, Amarujala, Facebook, ESPN and many more.
The project is expected to go pan Indian in the next 90 days. Reliance customers can access these apps with zero data charges at www.internet.org, or in the Internet.org Android app. Most content will be available in 7 different languages including English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati and Marathi.