Smart and Wikipedia Partnership
As of September 4, 2014 – Smart Communications and the Wikimedia Foundation that controls Wikipedia partners up to provide free information to Smart, Talk ‘N Text, and Sun Cellular’s 68.9 million customers with unlimited access free from data charges
“We have always looked for and promoted ways to use technology and mobile communications to drive learning and consequently, development. Wikipedia Zero is relevant in a country where access to both computer terminals and Internet connectivity is still relatively low, but where almost everyone owns a cellphone. We are excited to bring Wikipedia Zero to the country and help create a way to make learning more accessible to millions of Filipinos,” said Ramon R. Isberto, head of Public Affairs at Smart.
Who is Wikipedia?
Wikipedia is the world’s largest online encyclopedia, visited by 500 million people each month, according to Comscore. Wikipedia contains more than 30 million articles in 287 languages, contributed by a global community of 80,000 volunteers.
What is the project’s name? It is called Wikipedia Zero. And under this project, all Smart, Talk ‘N Text, and Sun Cellular subscribers who will access m.wikipedia.org, zero.wikipedia.org, starting September 5, 2014 until February 3, 2015, ill have no data charges for those.
“Smart has been a terrific supporter of Wikimedia, and now we’re very happy to formalize our relationship with Wikipedia Zero,” said Carolynne Schloeder, head of global mobile partnerships at the Wikimedia Foundation. “Smart’s emphasis on education is aligned with Wikimedia’s global mission, driven locally by Wikimedia Philippines.”
Now people can have more information on the tips of their fingertips. Just remember not to use or access any other applications while connected – those actions of course will have charges. hehehe.