Apparently, users are finding it increasingly difficult to find and pay for Facebook’s Express Wi-Fi, and the company knows this. According to TNW, the social media giant has quietly added an app to the Play Store that helps you find and pay for public Wi-Fi networks hosted by its local partners.
Recall that the service [Express Wi-Fi] was first launched in India back in 2015. Not quite long after that time, the social networking giant launched the service in Nigeria—partnering with some local network providers in the African country. The service is now available in 63 countries around the world, which is quite impressive.
In a statement it made shortly after making Express Wi-Fi commercially available in India, Facebook said its goal is to expand connectivity to regions that are basically underserved:
“With Express Wifi, we’re working with carriers, internet service providers, and local entrepreneurs to help expand connectivity to underserved locations around the world. We’re currently live in India, and are expanding to other regions soon.”
Customers in some of these countries where the services have been made available, all have one problem in common-finding and paying for affordable Wi-Fi service. That will no longer be the case as the new app “Express Wi-Fi” will not only help you find available connections in your local area, but will also help you when it comes to making your payment.
It works by displaying a map of available hotspot in your local area, and initiates the process of helping you connect to the internet. Some of the features of Express Wi-Fi by Facebook include:
- Sign up to Express Wi-Fi.
- View nearby Wi-Fi zones.
- See lists of latest offers and pricing for data packs.
- Check your account balance.
- Find the closest recharge shop where you can buy more data.
Express Wi-Fi by Facebook is available as a free download, but only on Android. Though, it was quietly launched by Facebook, it looks like the app has not been on the Play Store for a very long time—maybe only a couple of days. The last time I checked on the app, only a couple of users had actually reviewed or sent in their feedback. It is also possible that most users have not had the chance to see the app in the Play Store.
Getting local entrepreneurs involved is a smart move by Facebook. Local entrepreneurs for instance will be saved the burden of investing heavily on equipment since the social media company will be largely responsible for putting certain things in place. It will also boost the confidence of the government and remove every iota of doubt about Facebook’s real intention. That aside, local business owners will also receive further boost to invest and explore areas that are yet to be tapped in their local communities.