Facebook Launches Express Wi-Fi App That Lets Users Buy Data Packs


It’s evident that Facebook wants you to pay for the Internet. The social platform has quietly launched an Android app – Express Wi-Fi – on Google Play store that will allow its users to buy data packs and find any hotspots that are near to them.

The move comes as part of Facebook’s distributed Wi-Fi network program that is already live in some developing countries (five to be precise) and allows local businesses to operate these hot spots where users can pay and access higher speeds of bandwidth through local telecom service providers instead of paying high prices for slow connections.

Prior to the launch of this App, users had to download a mobile app directly from the service providers or dig out a mobile website to gain access and were also required to change their mobile settings for the app to perform well. Again, there was no way they could see where the hotspots were located.

With the launch of Express Wi-Fi, they’ll be able to download the app directly from the play store and also report any issues with the connectivity or the retailers directly to Facebook. Moreover, it will also help the users to see if at all their Wi-Fi is turned on for an easy setup.

With its launch, Facebook clearly signals that the users may have to first need access to internet before they can actually become its members.

Facebook’s earlier and much criticized Free Basics program only offered restricted access to web pages that Facebook approved. Now it will be able to provide full access to web services irrespective of the bandwidth but for a price.

Weak connectivity has led Facebook to lose more than half a million active users in US and Canada in Q4 last year.

One Facebook spoke person said that the new app will allow the subscribers to access internet that is both fast and reliable through their hot spots.

Plans to develop solar drones and satellites that can hover around to beam down seamless connectivity are also around. Who knows may be after a few years we may have drones flying over our heads to provide us uninterrupted internet connectivity.