ICTs for Development

April 6, 2009

Cell Phone Charges

Filed under: Uncategorized — kehogue @ 12:01 pm

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/06/technology/06cell.html?ref=technology

This New York Times article discusses how cell phone companies can charge for media that is otherwise free, such as finding it on your computer.  While I do not see a problem with this in developed countries, I do think it is problematic for people in developing countries.  Cell phone distribution is supposed to help development, but a poor farmer for example would not want to spend tons of money to hear the weather report when it is free to find it on a computer.  However, these people might have to spend the money if the closest computer is far away.  Therefore, is cell phone distribution really helpful for development if the cell phone companies continue to charge for media for a profit?

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