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Only 20% of 800k Internet.org users in India are new Internet users; Questions for Facebook

Fresh information from Facebook on its Net Neutrality violating platform Internet.org: the company says that it has 800,000 users in India, but only 20% of those are new Internet users. Facebook has a partnership with Reliance Communications, and the service, available in seven circles (Mumbai, Maharashtra & Goa, Gujarat, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Kerala), is being advertised as "Free Internet". BGR.in reports that new users are using over 100 mb per month outside of Internet.org, while ET Tech adds that 7% of total data usage is on Internet.org. Our Take 1. Existing users mostly using Internet.org and its implications: The fact that as much as 80% of users of Internet.org are those who have used the Internet before indicates that a majority of the users of Internet.org are not new Internet users. The terms and conditions on the Reliance Communications' website (see point 3, here) indicate that those who are already subscribed to data packs will not be charged if they use Internet.org: If Customer is subscribed to Data Plan/Packs when he uses Internet.Org, then for Prepaid GSM & CDMA Users, there will be NO depletion from their data quota or from Main Account balance on using internet.org. For Postpaid GSM Users will NOT be charged for internet.org & their data quota will not deplete, but on PCRF this usage will be accounted for. If the agenda for Reliance Communications is that it wants users to buy data packs, then why is Internet.org being offered to existing data pack…

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