Microsoft Proposing Cellphone As Computer For Underprivileged
Jan 31, 2006, 3:54 PM by (staff)
Microsoft this week proposed getting people in developing countries online using mobile phones. The software giant showed off a smartphone that connects to a keyboard and television screen for input and output, while providing the typical software and wireless access. Cell phones have become popular in developing nations and developers there have been using SMS and other basic services to provide internet experience to subscribers. Both the GSM Association and CDMA Development Group have been working with manufacturers to develop and market low cost handsets for citizens. However the models currently under development appear to be very basic phones, many without WAP browsers or color screens.
Silly William, laptops are for the underprivileged
I have doubts that a smart phone would have the durability to withstand the same amount of bashing that a laptop could take. Cell phone networks are the ideal means of delivering internet access, but it would be
On a more serious note, using SMS for internet access? Sheesh! Three years ago having a web browser was an extra.... it shouldn't be that hard/expensive by now.
Couldn't any company other than Microsoft propose this? I mean, they are poor, but that doesn't mean their computers have to crash.
On a more serious note, using SMS for internet access? Sheesh! Three years
Good idea, but too unrealistic.