The "World's Cheapest Cell Phone"

Posted by Andrew Price

RGB-Low-Resolution(294415)Vodafone has made what it's describing as the "world's cheapest phone." The Vodafone 150 will sell for less than $15.From the press release:

Launching in the first instance in India, Turkey and 8 markets in Africa – The Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, Qatar, South Africa and Tanzania – it is in emerging markets such as these that the potential of the mobile phone as a powerful social enabler is most apparent.
Here's Patrick Chomet, Vodafone's "Group Director of Terminals," introducing the 150.
This is good news. By providing people in the developing world with access to banking and healthcare services, mobile phones can have a dramatic and positive impact on people's lives. The M-Pesa money transfer system, Frontline SMS:Medic, and Project Masiluleke are just a few examples. Of course, we still have to work out that e-waste problem though.