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"Let them use cellphones"

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At first the idea of empowering those in need with a cellphone sounds a little like a "let them eat cake" mantra, but a Bangladeshi bank Grameen has started giving cellphones to the local needy to enable them to start a roving cellphone service actually does makes sense since they can start a business and (the thought is) hopefully give up all that begging. And it seems to be working too, there are already 75,000 women known as "Phone Ladies" using Grameen cellphones to offer service to a country with a very low ratio of phone lines to people. These could even turn out to be the new city center phone booths in more places than Bangladesh, given that those dinosaurs seem to be heading straight for the landfill just about everywhere.  

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