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Mobile Phone Use In Developing Countries

This article on mobile phone use in developing countries came out a few days ago. Among its assertions:

  • 22 percent of Vietnamese own a mobile phone.
  • In the Philippines, more than 4 million people use their cell phones to conduct online transactions.
  • Afghanistan has 20,000 fixed-line phones and 2 million cell-phone subscribers!
  • According to the UN International Telecommunication Union, cell phone subscriptions in the developing world rose to 1.4 billion at the end of 2005 (compared to 800,000 in countries with “advanced” economies).

Today, mobile phones are the primary form of telecommunication in most emerging economies, fulfilling much the same role as fixed-line phone networks did in facilitating growth in the United States and Europe after World War II.

This represents a vast opportunity for using digital means to spread the gospel in the developing world. The challenge, as with any digital means of outreach, is finding ways to use mobile technology as a way of intriguing the unbeliever enough to want to be immersed in Christian community, where a full presentation of the gospel can be made.

More Information:
Web Evangelism Guide: Mobile Phones and the Internet — Using cellphones for online evangelism
White African: Mobile Phones as Platform in Africa
White African: A Web Technology Idea For Africa

 

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/06/07 at 11:27 PM
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David Russell continues the discussion:

I worked very hard to get theaterchurch.com mobile friendly. I’m still working on some usability items, but the content is accessible to mobile devices. I think every church who is doing ministry via the web should consider users who access their content on mobile devices.

contributed on 02/08 at 11:38 AM
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) continues the discussion:

David - thanks for stopping by.

Wow! You weren’t kidding. I just opened up theaterchurch.com on my new Motorola Q, and the layout on the small screen is stunning - to be honest, this is the first site I’ve looked at on my phone that really looks good.

Are there any general principles you’d care to share about how to go about making sure a site is accessible on mobile devices?

Thanks again!

contributed on 02/08 at 10:53 PM
Victor Goh continues the discussion:

I’ve been working on Christian mobile applications for cell phones at fourteenfloor.com. The applications are all geared towards Christians. With the relevant content, I can probably come up with something for non-Christians too. Based on the comments at http://www.fourteenfloor.com/2006/07/05/our-daily-bread , the mobile phone is indeed a great tool for delivering Christian content.

contributed on 02/09 at 01:51 AM
.(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) continues the discussion:

Thanks Victor - your site is very helpful!

contributed on 02/09 at 09:07 AM
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