NPR: mobile phones do much more than make calls
In Asia, Africa, Europe and elsewhere, cell phone technology has always been way ahead of what’s available in the states. Around the world, people use their phones in innovative, creative ways.
For example, mobile phones help rural farmers gather information about crop prices, and bargain shoppers download coupons on the fly.
For this NPR Talk of the World program, guests and listeners from around the world discuss innovative ways they use their cellular phone.
– Natasha Elkington, journalist for Reuters. She uses her mobile phone to pay her farm manager in Kenya.
– Amy Webb, principal for Webbmedia Group
– Alieu Conteh, founder of Vodacom, a cell phone company in Congo
– Hiram Enriquez, independent consultant focusing on mobile technologies and digital media strategy