Zambian kid texting away. Photo: Imani Cheers, Flickr

Zambian kid texting away. Photo: Imani Cheers, Flickr

Cellphones are now cheap enough that a large portion of the world’s poor owns them or uses them. They have indeed leapfrogged people who never owned phones into the world of texting & phonecalling. In some locales, cash zips around via texting, saving endless amounts of time and enhancing secruity. Cellphones include other useful tools like flashlight, radio, recorder, clock, & calculator. This young texter is in Zambia; she is – along with 100s of millions of young people like her – is a developing world digital native. The direction of mobile for development is apps for non-smart phones, making ever more info accessible to remote areas with cellphone reception.