New uses for mobile phones
Mobile phones are being used in different ways in Africa. An article on Media Update (South Africa) shows how mobile phones are bringing new levels of information to people. This kind of project is funded by USAID and shows a growing awareness of how new technology is bypassing traditional information communication routes.
Vodacom’s the Grid, South Africa’s first location-based mobile social network available to everyone who has a WAP-enabled cellphone, has mapped out close to 11 000 HIV-related support services covering prevention, treatment and support across South Africa.
By utilising the Grid’s location-aware technology, South Africans are not only able to see on their cellphones which HIV support service is closest to them, but they can also obtain the centre’s contact details and get directions to it.