Mobiles and Digital Divide

Kevin Maney writes:

Cellphones aren’t at all like mocha lattes. They are miniature self-improvement machines. They can make as much difference in individual lives as literacy, without the steep learning curve.

“In places like India, the impact of cellphones on the gross domestic product is huge,” [Nokia CEO] Kallasvuo tells me.

Stories abound, for instance, of farmers or fishermen who start using cellphones to sell goods to the highest bidder instead of the lone buyer in the village, thereby vastly improving their lot. In one little way after another, cellphones act like extra pushes on the economic flywheels of developing nations — actually improving economies so people can, well, buy more cellphones.

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Rajesh Jain

An Entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India.