Smart Philippines Partners Wikimedia Foundation to Launch Free Wikipedia Access via Mobile

Jim Ayson, Senior Manager for Digital Services Innovation at Smart, formalizing the ‘Wikipedia Zero’ partnership with Carolynne Schloeder, head of global mobile partnerships at Wikimedia Foundation Image Credit: Smart Communications
Smart Communications, the largest mobile network operator in Philiphines, this week announced a new partnership with the Wikimedia Foundation to launch Wikipedia Zero, a zero-rated access to Wikipedia sites for its subscribers. Smart, Talk ‘N Text, and Sun Cellular’s 68.9 million customers will enjoy unlimited free access to Wikipedia on mobile.

According to Smart, the time limited offer starts from September 5, 2014 and continues until February 3, 2015. This applies to all Smart, Talk ‘N Text, and Sun Cellular subscribers who access m.wikipedia.orgzero.wikipedia.org, the Wikipedia apps (available for iOS and Android devices), or any other Wikimedia sites using their mobile phone.

"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.” 

-         Ramon R. Isberto, head of Public Affairs at Smart

“Smart has been a terrific supporter of Wikimedia, and now we’re very happy to formalize our relationship with Wikipedia Zero. Smart’s emphasis on education is aligned with Wikimedia’s global mission, driven locally by Wikimedia Philippines.”

-        Carolynne Schloeder, head of global mobile partnerships at the Wikimedia Foundation

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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