Wikipedia signs pact with phone company

Sprawling online encyclopedia Wikipedia said it has forged a relationship with Orange.

Orange and Wikipedia will work together to develop channels for Orange’s mobile and web portals.
The deal will kick off in the UK, Spain, France, and Poland first, with co-branded content from the Wikimedia Foundation.

Orange will develop mobile and web based widgets so customers can directly access Wikipedia content from cellphones or web pages. In the future, the two will work together to extend the provision of content to television, with services being offered across the whole of Europe.

Orange claims 55 million unique visitors a month for its own web sites. Financial details of the arrangement were not provided by either Wikipedia or Orange.