Updates from mobile phone researcher Jan Chipchase
June 22nd, 2008

The latest insights into mobile phone usage from researcher Jan Chipchase are very interesting. This interview covers a wide range of behaviors, emphasizing the developing world, emergent uses, .

We’ve started to see the mobile phone being used as the primary form of projecting your identity. For instance, if you live in a community with no street signs, because your street is off the map or not officially recognised, you find people are writing their phone numbers above their door.


The common denominator between cultures, regardless of age, gender or context is: keys, money and, if you own one, a mobile phone. Why those three objects? Without wanting to sound hyperbolic, essentially it boils down to survival. Keys provide access to warmth and shelter, money is a very versatile tool that can buy food, transport and so on. A mobile phone, people soon realise, is a great tool for recovering from emergency situations, especially if the first two fail.

Previous Smartmobbery on Chipchase here.

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