‘Facebook with Free Data’ message appears for many T-Mobile customers


Did you see a “Facebook with Free Data” message appear while browsing Facebook yesterday? If so, you’re not alone.

Many T-Mobile customers are reporting that they saw a banner that read “Facebook with Free Data” while accessing the social network yesterday. A couple of TmoNews readers pinged me about the message, and several folks on Reddit and Twitter saw it, too. The banner appeared both in the Facebook app itself and on the web, and as you can see in the screenshots below, users would be given a warning that “standard data charges may apply” when they navigate away from Facebook. One Reddit user reports that after they removed their SIM and connected to Facebook over Wi-Fi, the “Facebook with Free Data” message disappeared.


As for what the “Facebook with Free Data” message is, that’s still up in the air. T-Mobile hasn’t announced any kind of zero-rated Facebook feature, and when asked for comment, T-Mo said I should ask Facebook about it. T-Mobile’s support team told a Reddit user, “We are aware of the message at the top of the Facebook page. We are investigating this right now and will have more information on this soon.” T-Mobile prepaid brand GoSmart Mobile does offer free, unlimited Facebook access. The feature launched in late 2013 and is currently available on all of its plans.

Did the “Facebook with Free Data” message appear for you?

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  • Joshua Lawson

    It appeared for me.

  • What’s Facebook?

    • tranceformer978

      It’s a depository for food pictures.

      • MattPortland

        That’s Instagram.

      • Powsniffer0110

        You’re thinking of Facebooks other app, Instagram. Lol

    • ThatsMrtoyou

      Its a place for low life’s to bitch about how unfair life is..

      • MattPortland

        Like I told the other dude, Facebook is what you make of it. You control almost all of the content so if you’re seeing a lot of bitching, adjust your feed.

        • Powsniffer0110


    • MisterSuperGod

      It’s a site that school kids can log on to so they can bully other kids. Back in my day we just brought out guns, knives and bazooka launchers to school with us. Oh, how times have changed.

      • guest

        As a small correction, you’re one generation off in your assessment, today Facebook is more for moms and grandmas than for kids.

      • MattPortland

        Facebook is what you make of it.

      • Ryan Neely

        Kids don’t use Facebook. Their puny minds are confused by all the features.

      • PCFan

        you can take your guns to universities in texas

  • Bradley Karas

    Was there yesterday but gone today

  • Since GoSmart is offering free unlimited Facebook and GoSmart is a part of T-Mobile… I’m curious if it’s just Facebook having trouble distinguishing Go Smart customers from T-Mobile customers.

    • Brian Richards

      This is a pretty likely possibility. Probably just a router or that type of equipment that started posting the message for all connections instead of filtered ones.

  • notyourbusiness

    Hmm… I was browsing Facebook when I was out for a bit yesterday but didn’t notice that message.

  • Brian Richards

    I’m on and off all day, and no message.

  • SurvivingSunnyvale

    “Did you see a “Facebook with Free Data” message appear while browsing Facebook yesterday?”

    Friends don’t let friends Facebook.

    • TylerCameron

      Facebook is bae

  • eanfoso

    This is pretty standard of Facebook in other countries, not surprised.

  • Jay J. Blanco

    Hmmm interesting. who Facebooks to the point it gobbles a significant amount of data?

    • donnybee

      Pretty much ever girl I’ve ever known

      • Jay J. Blanco

        Lmao wow

    • Powsniffer0110

      I barely use it a few times a day and it used GBs and GBs!! You’d be sooo surprised

      • Jay J. Blanco

        True true

  • matt

    back in the day , t-mobile was giving everyone with a phone plan and no data free facebook access, or was it free wikipedia access?? well this might be a resurgence of it.

    • Darryn Sinkler

      Free Facebook; they’ve still got that plan

    • Powsniffer0110

      Haha big difference wtf

  • guest

    I think every game in the world has rules for a reason.

    Some people blame the government for the Net Neutrality rules, but they forget that the goverment represent the people.

    One of Obama’s campain promises was NN, and he won. I know that governments are not perfect and politics is probably corrupt by its own nature, but that’s how things are right now.

    • Dcwiker05

      the government represents the people? Since when…?

      • guest

        When people are politically aware and active. It’s not perfect and there are special interests of couse.

  • Aurizen

    Uncarrier 11!

  • Ryan Neely

    Yet another thing that doesn’t count as data? Count me in!

  • vlv723

    So is this a tease of what the next uncarrier move will be? Unlimited data for social media apps like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc?

  • Boooo

    First came BingeCon throttling. Next up, preferential treatment for social media sites who pay?

    • GM00

      T-Mobile came out with their anti net-neutrality propoganda and now they’re not really becoming any better than the companies they’re calling out. Agree 100% with BingeCon. It’s a huge scam that greatly benefits T-Mobile and screws over millions upon millions of customers.

      • donnybee

        It definitely screws over customers by giving them the choice to reduce their bandwidth for a specific type of consumption to get it for free.. Sure.
        This discussion has been had and finished. Get over it.

        • VN

          Millions are defaulted-in to Binge On and then they have the option to disable it if by any chance they know about it, and then hunt down for the switch.

        • BingeCON

          BingeCon is out-and-out deception. It’s throttling of all video content for all subscribers, advertised as “optimization.”

          When Sprint was transparent about wanting to throttle video, the T-Mobile marketers had a field day. Meanwhile they were implementing the very same thing they blasted Sprint for.

          The best part is that Sprint killed throttling of video, while T-Mobile doubled down on the douchiness when they were called out by the media, EFF and competition.

  • NardVa

    Accessing Facebook doesn’t use data like that to warrant it being zero rated.

    • guest

      If this becomes a reality, could be because they want people spending more of their short life in Facebook and less on the Netflixes. That way they save bandwidth.

    • steveb944

      Seriously? The app is quite heavy, and people watch a lot of video on there.

    • Powsniffer0110

      It is by far the most data used app on my phone and many, many others. I have uninstalled the app, even Facebook Lite and am not a heavy user, now even the web version uses 2GB+ on my plan just scrolling through throughout the day, not even watching videos or clicking on pictures….

  • Your Mi Boy Blu

    Great co-branding marketing effort. Just goes to further show how weak the T-Mobile brand is in the US.

    Why build a great company with reliable service when you can depend on advertising another company’s product..?

    It’s something similar to a fourth-rated movie theater who won a “Best Popcorn in town” award. And, this month, you can binge on Coca-Cola now! Just pay the $100 unlimited admission. Next, they’ll advertise Nachos. But don’t ask about the Health Inspection report. They disagree with the results of that report. It’s funded by millionaires in local government.

  • chris722

    20 GB of 3G? Is this worth the effort, I know that I can get unlimited 4G from MetroPCS for another $5 but the pricing of their phones is shady. Thinking about throwing it on my old 635.