Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 8th Sep 2012 02:09 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
Mozilla & Gecko clones "The smartphones going into the world's next two billion pairs of hands may not belong to either Google or Apple, but to Mozilla. The Mozilla Foundation, which oversees open source software projects like the Firefox Web browser, expects to release a mobile operating system for smartphones early next year. Its target market is Latin America, then the rest of the developing world, where smartphones from Apple and Google are still too expensive for most people." Let's hope so, because at the rate things are currently going, we'll end up with like 90% Android, 9% iOS, and 1% other stuff. Who wants that?
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Isn't it wrong?
by jefro on Sat 8th Sep 2012 16:16 UTC
jefro
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2007-04-13

Isn't it morally wrong to sell junk to developing countries that don't have fresh water, proper sanitation and adequate nutrition? Not sure anyone needs a cell phone either.

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RE: Isn't it wrong?
by Hiev on Sat 8th Sep 2012 16:27 in reply to "Isn't it wrong?"
Hiev Member since:
2005-09-27

What phone do you have?

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RE: Isn't it wrong?
by BrianH on Sat 8th Sep 2012 18:31 in reply to "Isn't it wrong?"
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2005-07-06

In the developing world they tend to not have access to wired phones or internet, due to the costs involved with stringing those wires, so most communication with the outside world is through cell phones. Getting themselves out of poverty usually requires participating in the world economy, and that requires communication with the rest of the world. Cell phones are a luxury when you have access to other means of communication, but a necessity when you don't.

So yes, it's moral to get them the means to improve their own lives, and even more so if it can be done cheaply. Even a single cell phone can help raise an entire village out of poverty.

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RE: Isn't it wrong?
by CapEnt on Sat 8th Sep 2012 21:03 in reply to "Isn't it wrong?"
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2005-12-18

Well, "developing countries" is a quite wide category of countries, some of them very close to become developed.

I'm sure that the target demographic of that smartphone lives on countries that did at least the basic on sanitation and education.

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RE: Isn't it wrong?
by Soulbender on Sun 9th Sep 2012 11:59 in reply to "Isn't it wrong?"
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2005-08-18

Isn't it morally wrong to sell junk to developing countries that don't have fresh water, proper sanitation and adequate nutrition?


Yes but that has no relevance to this topic. Unless you mean to say that it's wrong for Apple, Samsung, Nokia etc to sell their phones in developing countries.

Not sure anyone needs a cell phone either.


It's cheaper and easier to get a pre-paid cellphone than a post-paid land line in most developing countries.

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RE: Isn't it wrong?
by zima on Sat 15th Sep 2012 22:33 in reply to "Isn't it wrong?"
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2005-07-06

It's morally wrong to utter generalisations and tell other what they should or shouldn't do based on your ignorance of outside world.

There are many not-very-prosperous countries where nonetheless basic needs are mostly met. And who are you to tell others what they "need"? People in developed places readily see advantages and adopt mobile phones, no other tech has seen such rapid uptake ( http://communities-dominate.blogs.com/.a/6a00e0097e337c88330176171e... also 2012/07, 06, 03 in http://www.opera.com/smw/archive/ ); now they want more than basic handsets (though their replacements will most likely come with Android, not Firefox OS...).
Plus, "we" will be hardly selling inexpensive handsets to them - made in China, barely any intermediaries.

Edited 2012-09-15 22:37 UTC

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