I think this has been going for a long time now, but it seems that Globe Telecom has finally got an answer on Sun Cellular’s Facebook Zero. Globe subscribers can now access Facebook Mobile for free without using any tricks nor proxies, not even 3rd party applications. All you need is your mobile phone’s browser. I just tried it this Christmas, and it works! I wasn’t aware of this before, but if somebody knows about it ages ago, please feel free to comment on when this great phenomenon started.
I was on an out-of-town vacation this Christmas, without any Wi-Fi networks in sight, all that’s left for me is to use my phone for browsing. But the problem is I have zero load balance on my Globe Prepaid handset, but even if I had balance, I still wouldn’t be able to use my phone as a modem since Globe still refuses to activate it for me and only gives me that good ol’ GPRS connection for plain WAP browsing. Out of boredom, without any choice but to browse the Globe WAP site, I tried experimenting with other websites. I tried http://m.facebook.com out of randomness, but it redirected me to the Globe landing page that tells me about their charging rates and their promos to avail of browsing select sites like m.facebook.com, m.twitter.com, etc. for only ₱20. But when I tried to go to http://www.facebook.com, I was a bit surprised to see that I was redirected to the facebook mobile login page. I tried to login, and voila, I was forwarded to my Facebook home page where I can see my friends’ status updates. And for the final test to check whether it was really free, I tried to update my status. Then, it appeared to my wall! It was a success! My sister-in-law was really pissed off at me since she has to go all the trouble to load ₱60 to her Smart handset and subscribe to one-day unlimited browsing just to hog her time updating her Facebook status while I had the luxury of browsing for free with zero load balance on my Globe handset.
Please take note, I have only tried it with two Globe SIMs and two not-so-old phones (Nokia 3110 Classic and Nokia 6610i), and so far it works. I also haven’t tried accessing Facebook from my phone after loading prepaid credits. I wrote this since I still hadn’t found any blogs or websites writing about this, the ones that I found need some tricks and proxies just to browse Facebook for free. If this was a bug on Globe’s part, then you didn’t read this from me.
EDIT: I figured out that it’s not just Facebook that you can access on your mobile phone.