A year may have passed since this particular edition of the Economist hit the shelves, but I bet you could replace “April 2010″ with “April 2011″ and few people would notice. I kept this edition back because of it’s special report on business and innovation in the developing world.
Today at Mobile World Congress, Vodafone announced â€œthe worldâ€™s cheapest phoneâ€. At $15 it certainly scores low on the price tag â€“ which is good â€“ but it also scores low on functionality â€“ not so good. Not only is this a problem for any end user who might need (or want) to use it for things beyond voice calling and SMS, but itâ€™s also perpetuating a long-standing problem in the social mobile world dating back over five years.