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The transformative power of the cellphone 17 Apr, 2008

Nokia’s own “human-behavior researcher” Jan Chipcase has found undisputable evidence that supports the mobile phone’s potential ability to transform lives and enable positive change.

For the last seven years, he has been working in the field from São Paulo to Mumbai – documenting the lives of mobile phone users.

New York times recently summarized the conclusions of Jan’s work in the article “Can the Cellphone Help End Global Poverty?“:

Over several years, his research team has spoken to rickshaw drivers, shopkeepers, day laborers and farmers, and all of them say more or less the same thing: their income gets a big boost when they have access to a cellphone.

Over 2 billion people in the world are still unconnected.

Imagine how their lives can, and will, change once they’re connected.

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