Like Wikipedia? The world's online encyclopaedia is soon to be integrated onto Orange handsets.

Orange and the Wikimedia Foundation have announced a "wide-ranging strategic partnership" for customers in France, the UK, Spain and Poland with "quick and simple" access to co-branded Wikipedia content.

The deal will see the operator creating specific Wikipedia channels on Orange mobile and web portals and developing mobile and web-based widgets which let customers access Wikipedia content directly from their Orange mobile or web homepage.

"The Wikimedia Foundation is dedicated to spreading knowledge to as many people as possible, in as many ways as possible", said Sue Gardner, executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation.

"Orange's leadership in mobile and focus on innovation makes them an ideal partner to help us extend our reach. The Foundation welcomes partnerships that help us carry out our mission and that respect the valuable contributions of the Wikimedia community".