In collaboration with Wikimedia, the Praekelt Foundation is attempting to bring the world’s biggest and growing repository of information every device, including the most basic ones that don’t connect to the internet. Using USSD and SMS technology, non-IP enabled phones will be able to query the Wikipedia database via shortcodes and access information on their mobile networks for free. The initiative is an extension of the Wikipedia Zero project that offers free access to Wikipedia’s mobile site via partnerships with telcos, but is available only on internet enabled phones.
Praekelt Foundation Partners Wikimedia To Bring Wikipedia Free To Non-Internet Enabled Phones
By Bankole Oluwafemi 29th July 2013