Smart brings Wikipedia Zero to PH
Smart Communications and Wikimedia foundation have recently inked a deal which will allow the two parties to give Smart, Talk ‘N Text and Sun Cellular subscribers free and unlimited access to Wikipedia through the initiative called Wikipedia Zero.
It’s almost been a year since we brought you the news about Wikipedia Zero, and if you can remember, neither Smart nor Globe were on the initial list of telcos that expressed their intent to bring Wikipedia Zero to their respective regions.
Luckily, Smart Communications had a change of hearts and formalized its partnership with Wikimedia Zero to bring Wikipedia Zero to the Philippines. Through this initiative, accessing m.wikipedia.org, zero.wikipedia.org, Wikipedia apps, as well as other Wikimedia sites on their mobile device will not incur additional data charges to all Smart, Sun Cellular and Talk ‘N Text subscribers.
As stated on our previous report, Wikipedia Zero will be a “lightweight and text-only version” of the desktop site, which will not eat too much of the telco’s bandwidth, as well as making it easier to load on the user’s mobile browser. Free access to Wikipedia started last Friday, September 5, and will end on February 13, 2015.