Aircel and the Wikimedia Foundation today announced a partnership to offer Wikipedia on mobile phones without any data charges to Aircel customers. Aircel customers will be able to access versions of Wikipedia in English, Hindi, Tamil, and 17 other Indic languages free of cost. 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. This partnership between Aircel and the Wikimedia Foundation will help provide Wikipedia to 60 million new users in the region.
Aircel is a young, data led telecom player and has been continuously innovating products and services to offer convenience to its young customers. The company has recently introduced various noteworthy data products like Pocket Internet Smart and the recent one being Pocket Internet 24, which offers internet at less than 1 rupee a day.