Today, Facebook Connectivity and our partners at Bitel, Claro, Entel, and Movistar are launching a trial of Discover — a new product that builds on our Free Basics initiative — in Peru. We developed Discover to address and incorporate those recommendations into a new product that supports connectivity. Discover is a mobile web and Android app that can be used to browse any website using a daily balance of free data from participating mobile operators. In order to offer a sustainable program with our mobile operator partners, Discover supports only low-bandwidth traffic when using free data. Video, audio, and certain other types of data-intensive traffic are not supported when using free data. All websites are treated equally. Facebook Connectivity continues to work with partners on a wide range of initiatives aimed at addressing key barriers to connectivity. Overcoming these challenges — including affordability, relevance, and lack of infrastructure — requires a multifaceted approach of different business solutions, partnerships, and long-term technology initiatives. Discover is one piece of our much broader connectivity efforts.
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Discover is a credit card brand issued primarily in the United States. It was introduced by Sears in When launched, Discover did not charge an annual fee and offered a higher-than-normal credit limit, features that were disruptive to the existing credit card industry [ citation needed ]. A subsequent innovation was "Cashback Bonus" on purchases. Discover transactions are processed through the Discover Network payment network. In , Discover Financial Services acquired Pulse , an electronic funds transfer network, allowing it to market and issue debit and ATM cards. In February , Discover Financial Services announced that it would begin offering Discover debit cards to other financial institutions, made possible by the acquisition of Pulse. Discover is the fourth largest credit card brand in the U. At the time Discover was introduced, Sears was the largest retailer in the United States.