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.

More:

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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