Aircel Offers Free Wikipedia Access To Users Through Wikimedia Partnership!
Wikipedia is probably the most used site by users across the globe when it comes to finding any kind of information. According to latest Wikipedia stats, 345 million pageviews on Wikipedia were registered from India alone in the month of June 2013. Considering that India has around 120 million internet users, pageviews garnered by Wikipedia count for a significant number.
Though, we do not have any confirmed statistics, a most of those 345 million pageviews come in from mobile phones. This is based on the simple fact that number of internet users on mobile far exceed users who access internet on their PCs or desktops.
Now, this usage may experience quite a bit of growth, especially from Aircel users. According to press release, Wikimedia Foundation and Aircel have joined hands to offer free Wikipedia access to all Aircel mobile phone subscribers.
This partnership is part of Wikimedia Foundation’s Wikipedia Zero initiative, that enables access to wikipedia on mobile without incurring any data charges. The initiative is especially geared towards developing countries like India
This partnership will be extended to all Aircel mobile subscribers (except Blackberry and Postpaid customers) to the country, which means over 60 million new users will be able to access Wikipedia on their mobiles completely free of cost.
Like with Aircel, Wikipedia Zero has partnered with many mobile operators across the world and now has over 470 million accessing wikipedia completely free of cost.
For Aircel users who want to access Wikipedia free of cost, they will just need to point their browser to m.wikipedia.org and start browsing. However, even though accessing Wikipedia is free, Aircel prepaid users will need to have sufficient balance in their account and should be within the validity period of plan voucher. Get more information about the same here.
2013 in some ways could be the turning point in terms of mobile data usage. Nearly every mobile operator has forged tie-ups with various messaging services or social media platforms to push their data usage. Not only are they offering various plans geared towards mobile data usage, they have also significantly reduced 2G and 3G data rates to increase mobile data usage.
It would be interesting to see if other mobile operators also start offering Wikipedia Zero on their networks. Free Wikipedia access would probably be the most appealing mobile data feature they could offer their users!