AccuWeather Works with Facebook to Help Make the Internet More Accessible and Affordable Globally

AccuWeather forecasts now available in Zambia through Facebook's Free Basic Services app

Jul 31, 2014, 10:15 ET from AccuWeather, Inc.

STATE COLLEGE, Pa., July 31, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AccuWeather, Inc., the global leader in digital weather information, today announced it has launched a free AccuWeather service for users of Facebook's new app. The app from Facebook was first launched on July 31, 2014 in The Republic of Zambia in Southern Africa with more locations to follow, and the goal of making the Internet more accessible and affordable to more people worldwide. 

The app for provides weather forecasts with Superior Accuracy™ in more than 100 languages and dialects for nearly 3 million locations worldwide. Myriad forecast types are available, including severe weather notices, hourly, and 45-day extended weather forecasts. The free app from also includes radar where available and satellite maps, broadcast-quality weather videos and news, and hurricane and tropical storm information.

"We are big believers in Facebook's effort and are thrilled to be their partner in bringing AccuWeather's free, reliable, and lifesaving weather information to people who may not have been able to access the Internet before," said Steven Smith, Chief Digital Officer of AccuWeather, Inc. "The initiative supports AccuWeather's ongoing dedication to providing important weather news and information to people everywhere that not only helps them make their short- and long-term plans, but also alerts them to severe weather and helps them to prepare."   

Facebook's app makes the Internet more accessible through a set of free basic services – enabling people to browse useful content and websites without incurring data charges. The service makes the benefits of the Internet more accessible and affordable to more people around the world. The Facebook app is now available to Airtel subscribers in Zambia. Airtel customers can access the service through the Play Store,, or within the Facebook for Android app. The service works on both smartphones and feature phones.

About AccuWeather, Inc. and
Every day over a billion people worldwide rely on AccuWeather to help them plan their lives, protect their businesses, and get more from their day. AccuWeather provides hourly and Minute by Minute™ forecasts with Superior Accuracy™ for nearly 3 million locations worldwide, with customized content and engaging video presentations available on smart phones, tablets, free wired and mobile internet sites, connected TVs, and Internet appliances, as well as via radio, television, and newspapers. Founded in 1962 by Dr. Joel N. Myers - a Fellow of the American Meteorological Society who was recognized as one of the top entrepreneurs in American history by Entrepreneur Magazine's Encyclopedia of Entrepreneurs - AccuWeather also delivers a wide range of highly-customized enterprise solutions to media, business, government, and institutions, as well as news, weather content, and video for more than 180,000 third-party websites. AccuWeather's CEO, Barry Lee Myers, is a recognized expert in global weather information issues and one of the world most recognized advocates for cooperative relationships between government weather agencies and the weather industry.

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