Mobile Phones Drive Social Change in Bangladesh
July 4th, 2003

Reuters reports that the “phone ladies” who buy mobile phones, often with microloans, then rent them out to villagers, are the focus of social change in this impoverished nation.

(Via Unwired)

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I think the bill/per minute of cell phones in Bangladesh is still the highest in world. So, lot to do in this field

2 - Howard Rheingold

I didn’t know that, Shameem. What are the rates in dollar amounts?

3 - Lisa Mireles

Living In Mumbai, India for the past 6 years, I have witnessed the penetration of mobile technology firsthand. It is truly transforming how people work and communicate. Rickshaw drivers, domestic servants and other previously unconnected groups of people can now interact at a relatively low price. Some companies are even giving away free phones if customers sign up for their services. The schemes are affordable for the lower middle classes – we are talking those who earn anywhere from US$100 per month to US $600 per month. Orange has a huge presence her and is currently in the middle of a huge promotional blitz. SMS is the poor man’s e-mail and also being used regularly to organize meetings to protest government policies. Since currently only 1 million of India’s 1 billion have access to the internet, mobile technologies provide a mechanism for access to information and communication networks. It’s been very cool to observe the change – the main problems emerging are the massive controls by huge corporations, jamming of networks and the view that technology alone will solve social ills.

4 - Howard Rheingold

Great info, Lisa! Thank you!

5 - jewelkhan

hello i am jewelkhan male23 from dhaka i want a free sms account..

6 - rupom

heloo happy new year. this is information abt cellphone oparator. Bangladesh is the most profitable market on cellphone oparator. any international cellphone service provider can Invest in Bangladesh can profit much much more then any other country.

7 - robin

…yeah i guess the airtime rates are a bit too much over here in Bangladesh compared to the neighbouring India

8 - TAZBIR

doesn’t have any. SORRY

9 - Mahmood Khan

I am using mobile phone in bangladesh since january 1999. So far what I have found here a very funy billing system. When mibile Co. start business here by CDMA system by CityCell Co. they do monopoly here, after long period when Grameen Phone, AKTel, Seba TElecom came here the very first Co. start loosing business for other low price. then that Co. also come back in position, after that also the price of mobile phone here very in some condition. The class one mobile phone (which have T@T incomming and outgoing and roming) you have in diffrent price Grameen Phone’s class one mobile SIM price about 11,000/- BDT and AKTel class one phone SIM price only 4,000/- BDT. And price One operater to other is diffrent and Same Co. diffrent. Call rate is very high charging per munite 7/- BDT. There are lot of problem here in mobile phone system. So, I like to inform you don’t write anything on few persons comments, do it, survey it then write correct situation.

10 - Mahmood Khan

I am using mobile phone in bangladesh since january 1999. So far what I have found here a very funy billing system. When mibile Co. start business here by CDMA system by CityCell Co. they do monopoly here, after long period when Grameen Phone, AKTel, Seba TElecom came here the very first Co. start loosing business for other low price. then that Co. also come back in position, after that also the price of mobile phone here very in some condition. The class one mobile phone (which have T@T incomming and outgoing and roming) you have in diffrent price Grameen Phone’s class one mobile SIM price about 11,000/- BDT and AKTel class one phone SIM price only 4,000/- BDT. And price One operater to other is diffrent and Same Co. diffrent. Call rate is very high charging per munite 7/- BDT. There are lot of problem here in mobile phone system. So, I like to inform you don’t write anything on few persons comments, do it, survey it then write correct situation.

11 - muhammad mahbub husain(shovan)

in this poor country, bangladesh, the rates of all mobile phones and calling rates are too high. i as a user of GP request all service providers to less their rates. it would be good to u and for us, the users. thanks for reading.

12 - muhammad mahbub husain(shovan)

in this poor country, bangladesh, the rates of all mobile phones and calling rates are too high. i as a user of GP request all service providers to less their rates. it would be good to u and for us, the users. thanks for reading.

13 - ishtiak

i use aktel .. and the most bad side of this company is its sms rate 3.5tk/sms .

14 - gautam

From bangladeshi mobile phone we can not get any oppertunity to send free sms.

15 - I hate them

In Bangladesh, mobile phone operators are overselling phone units according to their network capacity. They like people to carry phones with them, but they don’t want them to call. If they lower their charges, everyone will start placing calls in a regular style. And this will collapse their poor networks.

I hope you have got the point why they are charging too much for calls and sms.