Aircel and the Wikimedia Foundation have announced a partnership to offer Wikipedia on mobile phones without any data charges to Aircel customers. The alliance is aimed at making knowledge available on Wikipedia accessible to all Aircel customers in both rural and urban areas for free. This is the first service of its kind to formally launch in India.
This partnership is part of the Wikimedia Foundation’s Wikipedia Zero program, which focuses on reaching the billions of people around the world whose primary opportunity to access the internet is via a mobile device. Through this partnership, Aircel subscribers will be able to access zero.wikipedia.com (text only) and m.wikipedia.com (mobile version) for free on their internet-capable phones in 17 languages, including English, Hindi and Tamil.
Through Aircel’s alliance with the Wikimedia Foundation, Aircel is not only making internet services reach a wider audience, but also help encourage and enrich the lives of it’s customers by offering access to knowledge and information free of cost.
Prior to India, the service was launched in 16 countries such as Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Malaysia and Indonesia in partnership with various mobile operators. The initiative has reached to around 470 million mobile users so far.