The Great Indian Phone Book

The Great Indian Phone Book

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Over just a decade in India, the mobile phone was transformed from a rare, unwieldy instrument to a palm-sized staple that even poor fisherman can afford. Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey investigate the social revolution ignited by what may be the most significant communications device in history and explore the whole ecosystem of cheap mobile phones.Some even promised much morea€”such as a 30a€”day battery backa€”up, 8a€” megapixel cameras and TV reception. ... For example, a#39;G fivea#39; handsets had batteries, screens and other components that fitted easily into Nokia or Samsung models, thus making ... of lower quality, but also because they were not connected to any service centres and the retailer did not pay Value Added Tax ( VAT). The service and repair provided in the grey-market economy was vital for a number of reasons.

Title:The Great Indian Phone Book
Author: Assa Doron
Publisher:Harvard University Press - 2013-04-02

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