Airtel gives SMS access to Wikipedia

Airtel has recently launched an SMS-based service through which any Airtel subscriber can receive Wikipedia content into their cells without activating mobile internet.

To conduct a Wikipedia search, Airtel users have to send a text typing “wiki” to 5353. They will receive a 300-character message of data pulled from Wikipedia.

For example, a search for ‘Dhaka’ will provide the user with a text with information about the city available in Wikipedia.

A charge of Tk 2 will apply for every message. Subscribing to any mobile internet or GPRS services is not required for the service, the mobile operator said in a statement yesterday.

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