Facebook launches Zero site for mobiles

Facebook has announced a special text-only, low-bandwidth version of the social networking site for use on mobiles..

The site is ready to go, but is waiting for adoption from the network providers, which is expected in the next couple of weeks. As this Facebook Zero is text-only, users will be unable to get their usual fix of friends and family’s drunken pictures.

According to a Facebook spokesman: “‘Zero’ is a light-weight version of m.facebook.com that omits data intensive applications like Photos.

“It will launch in coming weeks and we are discussing it at MWC as an option to make Facebook on the mobile web available to everyone, anywhere and allow operators to encourage more mobile Internet usage.”

In December Facebook became the site most accessed from mobile phones, with 2.2 billion minutes spent looking at friend’s status updates, drunken pictures and checking messages.