The Mobile Minute is sponsored by SpiderCloud Wireless. The price of mobile data has definitely been falling in the U.S., but the amounts Americans pay for data plans are still far beyond the means of many would-be smartphone users in emerging markets. Now Facebook has acquired a startup that wants to bring mobile data to emerging markets. Pryte offers one-off options, tying mobile data usage to specific apps (like Facebook). The Finnish company hasn’t actually launched its service yet, but it has something that Facebook wants: relationships with mobile operators in the developing world.
Pryte has about 30 employees, some or all of whom may join Facebook. The acquisition is part of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s effort to extend Internet access to more people around the world. For more on that see today’s video below.
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