Facebook announced partnerships with 18 mobile operators in 14 countries aimed at providing users with free or discounted data access for its Messenger for Android, Messenger for iOS, and Facebook for Every Phone mobile applications.

The social network also announced in a note on its Facebook Mobile page that feature phone app Facebook for Every Phone has been optimized for chat.

Deals were announced with:

  • TMN (Portugal)
  • Three (Ireland)
  • Airtel (India)
  • Reliance (India)
  • Vivacom (Bulgaria)
  • Backcell (Azerbaydzhan)
  • Indosat (Indonesia)
  • Smartfren (Indonesia)
  • AXIS (Indonesia)
  • XL Axiata (Indonesia)
  • SMART (Philippines)
  • DiGi (Malaysia)
  • DTAC (Thailand)
  • Viva (Bahrain)
  • STC (Saudi Arabia)
  • Oi (Brazil)
  • Etisalat (Egypt)
  • Tre (Italy)

Facebook added in its note:

Messaging on Facebook lets people connect with friends and contacts on the go, regardless of what device they are using. Three out of every four people on Facebook send a message on the platform each month, making messaging one of the most popular activities on Facebook. Today, Facebook messaging and chat can be accessed from more than 6,000 mobile phones via Facebook Messenger, Facebook for iOS and Android, Facebook for Every Phone, m.facebook.com, and across other devices with Facebook integration.