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CNET Update: Virgin Mobile offers plans just for Facebook

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CNET Update: Virgin Mobile offers plans just for Facebook

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A new plan on Virgin lets customers pay to use certain apps, Internet.org brings free mobile Web access to Zambia, and Amazon is giving away $100 worth of Android apps.

You can now get a mobile plan just for Facebook. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNet update. [MUSIC] If you're looking for a cheaper wireless plan, it's now possible to fine tune exactly what you want even if what you want is just a data plan for unlimited Facebook. Virgin Mobile, which is owned by Sprint, has a new offering. It's called Virgin Mobile Custom. And you can set how many minutes, text messages, and data that you want on a plan, and it all can be changed on the fly, right on your smartphone. For as low as $3 a month, you can get 250 voice minutes. $8 gets you 250 megabytes of data. And if you want unlimited Facebook, just add another $5 to that. And there are several combinations you can tinker with for different social and music streaming apps. This plan also is the first time that Sprint is offering a family plan. Up to five people can share a common bucket of minutes, text, and data. Only three smartphones will work with this plan and it's only available at Wal-Mart, but this could be expanded to more phones in time. Now it's easy to take Facebook and Google for granted as basic tools for communication, but around the world there are billions of people who don't go on the internet. About % of the world doesn't go online. Facebook is trying to close that gap with its Internet.org foundation. It's just released a new app that makes Facebook, Google, Wikipedia, and several other websites free to people in poor countries. And by free I mean that you have to have a phone, but using Facebook won't count against your data plan. The internet.org app is first available to Airtel subscribers. Subscribers in Zambia, in southern Africa. The wireless service Airtel will pay for that free access with the hopes that maybe customers will be interested in paying for data to browse other websites. Of course this means more people around the world will become Facebook users and it's worth paying attention to this service because more access to information and communication tools. Could help grow Zambia's economy. In other app news, a beta version of the BlackBerry Messenger App, known as BBM, is now available for Windows Phone users. And it was designed to blend into the style of Windows Phone. The iOS and Android versions of BBM may get a redesign, so the Android version has more Android style and BBM for iPhone has more of Apple's style. But if you're looking for apps that are a bit more fun than bbm, Amazon is giving away thirty Android apps for free, normally worth a hundred dollars. But the pack of apps won't be free after friday so act fast. You can get them through Amazon's app store which often has different deals on apps. That's your tech news update. You can find more details on these stories at cnet dot com. And you can stay updated by subscribing the the podcast, and following along on twitter. From our studios in New York, i'm Bridget Carrie

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