Free Facebook is a great promo from Globe. Who doesn’t want free service, right? If only they can carry it out more smoothly:
There was no opt-in
At least, that’s what happened in my case. I didn’t opt-in but I was automatically subscribed to the service, even though I was on an unlimited data plan to start with.
Stop bugging me
I’m on unlimited data plan. I don’t need free Facebook. Stop displaying these notices on my device:
What about the background sync?
What Globe failed to warn the users about is although browsing Facebook through the browser or through the app is free, services may still run in the background that may entail using cellular data, which is necessarily true when you’re using a smartphone. Globe should be clear about this before users start to think the promo is a scam. The best case scenario for this Free Facebook promo is when you’re on prepaid and have less than five-peso load, so nothing can be deducted from your credits should services start running in the background.
More users because of the promo means more strain on Globe’s network. Globe can manage the strain on the system by throttling data speeds to free users. I just hope we, the subscribers to Globe’s unlimited data plans, are and will not be affected should Globe decide to throttle data speeds.
How to Disable ‘Free Facebook’
Fortunately, there’s a way to disable seeing that “Free Data” on top of the Facebook app or page on your device. Just point your device’s browser to www.facebook.com/free and tap on the “Stop Using Facebook for Free” link at the bottom of the page, then hit “Confirm”.