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Wikipedia pilots articles via SMS

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Update: 2013-10-28 01:14:09
Wikipedia pilots articles via SMS

DHAKA: Wikipedia has begun piloting a service that sends articles via text message, primarily aimed at users in Africa.

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."

Source: BBC
BDST: 1104 HRS, OCT 28, 2013
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