Telstra has signed on to offer free, faster access to Facebook on mobile phones using Facebook's new mobile site 0.facebook.com.
The social networking site already has a mobile site, but 0.facebook.com is being targeted at users struggling with data charges. It has also been designed to be faster, according to a blog by Sid Murlidhar, a program manager for Facebook Mobile.
It will offer the same features as the usual mobile site, but won't display photos by default, according to the blog. Users have to click on a link, and then the data charges start again. Data charges also resume if the user browses outside the 0.facebook.com site.
In order to enable the free mobile site, Facebook has signed deals with 50 carriers across 45 countries. At this point, Australia is not one of those countries, but Telstra was one of the carriers named by the blog to soon be part of the agreement.
The telco already provides a free service for receiving Facebook notifications, which started at the end of last year.