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