PH 8th biggest Facebook user

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With 30 million Filipinos having Facebook accounts, the Philippines is the eighth largest user of the social networking site, according to internetworldstats.com.

But Globe Telecom said that this number could still increase because the company has partnered with Facebook to give its subscribers free access to Facebook on their mobile phones.

“Once again, Globe has proven that it is the mobile data service provider of choice by industry and technology leaders around the world and this breakthrough partnership with Facebook will give our 36 million subscribers uninterrupted, seamless, and worry-free Free Facebook experience,” said Peter Bithos, Senior Advisor for Consumer Business at Globe Telecom.

The internetworldstats.com website reported that about 44 percent of internet users come from Asia, including the Philippines. An earlier report said that in the third quarter, Facebook captured 45 percent of all social log-ins of its total active daily users of 699 million worldwide, with 470 million of them accessing the site using their mobile phones.


“Facebook’s mission is to give people the power to share and make the world more open and connected,” said Chris Daniels, vice president of partnerships at Facebook.

Besides offering Facebook for free, the partnership between Facebook and Globe will enable subscribers to experience this first-of-a-kind innovation.

Globe said that by working with Silicon Valley-based Facebook engineers, it has put together innovations like universal access of Facebook in all platforms like smartphones, feature phones, laptops and personal computers.

Globe customers with inadequate prepaid load credits can “loan” a 10MB data plan for only P10 which will be deducted from their succeeding top-up so they can fully explore content outside Facebook, making the experience seamless and worry-free.

The free Facebook service will continue until October 31, 2013.

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