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$80 Android Phone Sells Like Hotcakes in Kenya, the World Next?

As much as I respect the good people at One Laptop Per Child, somehow One Mobile Phone with WiFi per Person sounds a little more compelling at this juncture. Get that learning software in the Android Market, please. In the meantime, this undercuts OLPC pricing and opens up truly the world to everything that The Second Web has to offer. Plug in ADK-enabled sensors, which are also ultra-cheap, add in some 802.22 "white-fi" Internet for long-distance networking and 802.11 peer-to-peer networking for shorter distances, and I think that you have the outlines of the truly global Second Web - most of which can be built without traditional carriers. Very, very exciting.
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OLPC does not exclude Android phones, it's not either or. Eventually phones become tablets as screens grow bigger. Passports are 6.5" so why can't we all have at least 5" even bigger smart phones and for kids, for anyone, if you need to be productive, you need it to be in a laptop form factor with a big full sized keyboard, touch screens are by definition 10x slower than a full sized laptop keyboard.

Also, what's the point in talking about undercutting OLPC pricing? OLPC works to lower the cost of Laptops, no matter what happens with Android phones, what is wrong with lowering the cost of 7" or larger laptop screened devices also?

The $80 Huawei phone in this article has a 2.8" screen, the OLPC Laptop has a more than 10x larger screen surface area and they are planning for it to be sub-$100 also once mass manufactured by the same numbers these Android phones are.
 
I know there are phone in Africa that are better than those available in the USA
 
Yet OLPC is exploring their own tablet-style designs to lower costs. I agree that keyboards offer productivity advantages, but they can be outboard. Think of the Motorola Atrix, with its funky laptop dock - overkill for this purpose, but an interesting prototype. Perhaps school is the place where you add a keyboard to your Android device - or where your Chrome OS device syncs with your Android via the browser.
 
Africa is quite developed concerning mobile phones. They are even leaders in terms of mobile banking. This is, many people there do not have real bank accounts and live in rural areas!
 
Africa had the advantage of having little traditional telephone infrastructure and economics and geography that made mobile a logical choice. How fortunate for them, mobile fits the way Africa works. The original Content Nation Gets the perfect tool for the next generation of their story.
 
This is the future of computing: universal access to cheap, reliable, ultraportable devices with an array of short range and wide range networking options. My own smartphone cost me just £80 and the running costs are around £5 per month with HSDPA. I wouldn't trade it in for a high end phone because that would put the replacement cost up without a commensurate improvement in its value to me.

It's easy to see the flash and glitter of high end phones and the push for user interface innovation, but the entry of these powerful low cost devices into the global mass market is the real revolution.
 
We are moving this way in the south pacific also, motivated by growers and producers need for market access for their product and a banking and payment system with the community structure of isolated island and rural locations. 
 
Yep, it's going to improve rural economies most.
 
+David Ford And in a sense that's a model that the more developed nations need also, since it helps to preserve ownership of capital in local hands. Traditional banking funnels capital away from local control, often. So in some ways this new type of communication may help the global economy to even out wealth a bit.
 
Yes banking is designed to fortress profit margins to the middle men, the monopolists and the colonialists have for a few hundred years, reduced the value of labour in communities to $0. By restricting market access, transport and communication. Until recently a cocoa grower in a remote island in Vanuatu was paid only a few dollars per bag while the market farm gate price was above. $100 per bag or $3000 per tonne. Transparency in the supply chain has brought increases of 60-80% in addition to new methods for Qc and sops and certification (fair trade, sustainable and organic). This was a side project of mine to implement wave as a communications platform for supporting these growers and building social contracts between consumers and farmers. I think we may be able to leverage g+ better for this especially with handouts and huddle.
 
Subscription farming is growing in the U.S., but it's kind of a boutique model so far. That's great what you have been doing to help create more transparent markets. G+ could help, especially as its video components come to mobile platforms. Show your crop/catch/cattle to multiple bidders, etc.
 
I laid a lot of this out in Content Nation http://goo.gl/bKq6l. This has been brewing for quite some time, so glad to see it proliferating, as expected.
 
The project started with 15000 growers joining the pacific growers export partnership and registering to receive SMS market price data and contract specs. It is now moving to a web based monitoring and certification evaluation platform. In the next month we will launch qr code track and trace into a pilot of consumer chocolate and coconut products, linked to certificate of origins and hopefully build a social network between the customer and the grower directly. 
 
+John Blossom we are all at the beginning of something really big. There are plenty of future applications of the 2nd web for positive social economic and environmental development. 
 
Fantastic. Would love to learn more, if you have a link please forward.
 
Hi +John Blossom , I have linked to African Pacific Pty Ltd strategy site, this is our intranet that outlines where our projects are at.
+andreas b lombardozzi CEO of AP is the vision behind the organic economy model which is guiding the implementation of the specific core objectives.
a) Commodity trading at Fair trade prices in order to move markets for a fairer price for Growers.
b) Market date and information integration , via SMS, Web and other text based service in partnership with Digicell
c) extending 5% of online retail sales of AP's Nui branded consumer products to registered growers mobile phone accounts.
d) Development of Certlink a web based agricultural data, monitoring and evaluation project to help small hold producers integrated Fair Trade, Organic and Sustainability certifications into their Internal control systems in order to value add premiums to their farm gate prices.
c) Social media project involving track and trace to link consumer goods purchasers directly with producers via online and sms contacts and update/

certlink project implementation outline | ap strategy

At the present time we are looking further afield to help fund our porjects through donor agencies and Angel investors for projects d and c.
 
+David Ford Thank you so much for the details on AP, I have joined your Google Group (Though private Circles may also work), and I have reviewed your strategy document. It's a really interesting model, I am genuinely interested to see how I may be able to help AP professionally. It's a model that is globally extensible, of course. Thinking of how initiatives like Kiva have gotten backing, this may be a good inflection point to seek more funding. Economic growth in the first world is pretty much done, in many ways. Making life for the other five billion incrementally better through more effective capital and communications that bypass the assumptions of the first world is the real key for global stability, IMO. Feel free to contact me via email if there is a fit here from your perspective.
 
Thanks +John Blossom , I've got a meeting at AP tomorrow. I'll get back to you after I talk with +andreas b lombardozzi about our resource needs! We would certainly be grateful for your help.

I think our site needs a re-write as we are morphing our ideas on the fly. I was using wave to keep all that in order but it sort of dropped off once I coudn't get new people to get enthusiastic about using wave.
 
Yes, the site has some good information but if you're going for investor money you may want to tell your story a little differently. Look forward to next steps.
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