Letters from Malawi: The downside of mobile phones

I'm not convinced mobiles are necessarily a boon for Malawi. People here just can't afford to run them.

Last Updated: 31 Aug 2010

It seems that almost everybody has a mobile phone in Malawi. Drive out to a remote village and you will see adverts for mobile phone credits and points to recharge mobile phones from home made devices based on car batteries.
It is perhaps the most blatant example of a technology leap enjoyed by Africa. In a continent where landlines are sparse in most countries, mobile phones enable people to communicate where traditional phone infrastructure would never be built. [CONTINUES]

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Letters from Malawi: The downside of mobile phones

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