More ringy-dingies

In an effort to reduce the cost of cell phones and get more of them into the hands of third-world residents, Philips Electronics has developed the Nexperia Cellular System, a way to put all the electronics of a mobile phone into a handset costing only $20.
The Nexperia sets can make calls and text message and come with monochrome screens. No flashy cameras, no note taking or extensive personal digital assistant hoohaw, just a phone that anyone can use and afford.
It’s a win-win for everyone, since 77% of the world’s population lives within range of a mobile network, but only 25% subscribe to the services. Now there are affordable phone to allow almost anyone to more easily communicate with everyone else, and the cellular companies get to jerk them around just like the rest of us with lousy service and ridiculous fees. Welcome to the modern world!

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