October 25, 2013
Wikipedia pilots articles-via-SMS service aimed at Africans
Wikipedia has begun piloting a service that sends articles via text message, primarily aimed at users in Africa. The BBC reports.
The online encyclopaedia has partnered with mobile operator Airtel to offer the free initiative which is being tested out in Kenya.
It is hoped the service will be used to reach people who do not have internet access.
The trial will be active for three months, said Dan Foy, technical partner manager for the Wikimedia Foundation.
"Throughout most of the developing world, data-enabled smartphones are the exception, not the rule," he wrote.
"That means billions of people currently cannot see Wikipedia on their phones."
To activate the service - called Wikipedia Zero - users need to dial *515#, after which they will receive a text message prompting them to search for articles.
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