Mobile Phones May Be Hurting the Poorest of the Poor in Developing Countries

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Feb. 9 2012 12:21 PM

Mobile Phones Will Not Save the Poorest of the Poor

The cost of cellphone-based services is hurting huge swaths of the developing world.

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Jamie Zimmerman is the director of the Global Assets Project at the New America Foundation. Sascha Meinrath is the director of the Open Technology Initiative at the New America Foundation.

Correction, Feb. 10, 2012: This article originally misidentified the organization behind the Progress Out of Poverty Index. It is the Grameen Foundation, not the Grameen Bank. (Return to the corrected sentence.)

Jamie Zimmerman is the director of the Global Assets Project at the New America Foundation.

Sascha Meinrath is vice president of the New America Foundation and director of the Open Technology Institute.