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October 19, 2005

Cell Phones in Africa

An article from CNN describes how the use of cell phones in Africa greatly outpaces the use of land lines. It's easier to build-out a mobile network than an wired one. And, what's most intersting to me is how people creatively adapt this technology to their needs. Among many other creative uses of phones, I was particularly delighted by the use of phone minutes as a form of "currency." It's expensive to wire small amounts of money in Africa, but easy to txt minute credits from one phone to another.

Link to CNN article

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