NetZero has been an Internet pioneer since the days where it first started giving away free, ad-based Web service. Now the company is offering another unique service — giving fellow subscribers data via Facebook. NetZero, through a Facebook application, lets subscribers share 1 gigabyte of data each month to connections on the social network.
If users join NetZero’s 4G Data Share program, the company will give them 1 GB of data to share with friends each month (a maximum of 200 megabytes to five friends). If they choose to do so, the app posts to the friend’s Facebook page, alerting them that they have free data available.
Anyone with an active Facebook account can take advantage of this, provided they have signed up for a NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband data plan and purchased the NetZero 4G Stick or Hotspot Connection Device. When a Facebook member signs up for the program, the app creates a data share bank for that person.
Rusty Taragan, president of NetZero Wireless, commented about his company’s offerings in a press release:
With the launch of this innovative program, we are remaining true to our commitment to bridge the digital divide and bring the power of the Internet to more Americans. This program has the potential to deliver an enormous amount of free data at 4G speed to NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband subscribers to use online without being tethered to a home Internet or public Wi-Fi connection. Through this program, Facebook’s hundreds of millions of members will have the opportunity to give away a significant amount of free data to their friends, claim free data from other program members, and, if they become a NetZero 4G Mobile Broadband subscriber (even those who choose to sign up for our free service), use the data to access the Internet wirelessly anywhere within our network.
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