The Mobile Minute: Your Daily M4Change News

Posted by AnneryanHeatwole on Jul 28, 2010

Today's Mobile Minute brings you coverage about revenue from Brazil's mobile youth, a Pew report on mobile habits, the conclusion of NPR's look at race and the digital divide, a guide to building voice infrastructure in developing regions, and what m-banking services need to consider about non-literate consumers.

  • A study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project found that "54 percent of U.S. cellphone owners have used their mobile device to send someone a photo or video, 20 percent to watch a video, and 15 percent to post a photo or video online."
  • After NPR's series on race and the Digital Divide, Digital Citizen Pulse looked at why mobile phones could provide U.S. minorities with online access - and the benefits and potential pitfalls this could have for kids. 
  • If you're interested in building a low-cost telephony system, then this guide to building voice infrastructure in developing regions will be handy – it's available for download in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic and explains both technical and non-technical guidelines for building out telephony over the Internet.
  • Designing m-banking programs for non-literate users of mobile phones means that developers need to account for a lot of extra considerations - how will icons be interpreted in different regions? Will non-literate users have help from literate friends or family to use mobile services? What level of literacy do users have? This CGAP article looks at some lessons from research into literacy, and how they can be translated to mobile banking.

[Mobile Minute Disclaimer: The Mobile Minute is a quick round-up of interesting stories that have come across our RSS and Twitter feeds to keep you informed of the rapid pace of innovation. Read them and enjoy them, but know that we have not deeply investigated these news items. For more in-depth information about the ever-growing field of mobile tech for social change, check out our blog posts, white papers and research, how-tos, and case studies.]

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