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The Great Indian Phone Book: How the Cheap Cell Phone Changes Business, Politics, and Daily Life

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In 2001, India had 4 million cell phone subscribers. Ten years later, that number had exploded to more than 750 million. Over just a decade, the mobile phone was transformed from a rare and unwieldy instrument to a palm-sized, affordable staple, taken for granted by poor fishermen in Kerala and affluent entrepreneurs in Mumbai alike. "The Great Indian Phone Book" ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published April 2nd 2013 by Harvard University Press
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Tim Kadlec
Sep 01, 2013 Tim Kadlec rated it really liked it
An incredibly thorough look at the mobile technology industry, and its impact, in India. Loads of fascinating examples of how mobile, even the most mundane capabilities of the technology, is significantly altering life throughout India. The research is exhaustive in detail, though at times a little repetitive.

Recommended for anyone interested in seeing how sometimes the simplest technologies can have the most profound impact on society.
إيمان ملال
Apr 18, 2013 إيمان ملال marked it as to-read
La Société financière internationale, du Groupe de la Banque mondiale, a déclaré le réseau de téléphonie mobile la «plus grande machine de tous les temps». Un historien et un anthropologue illustrent dans ce livre l’impact gigantesque des télécommunications dans la plus grande démocratie du monde.
Jonathan Mckay
Jul 27, 2014 Jonathan Mckay rated it liked it
This book was short! Very informative, the information about gender and phone usage was very helpful, but the link between anecdotal stories and the broader picture didn't quite connect for me. I wish the book were 2-3x as long. I think Smart Mobs, a book referenced in the Great Indian Phone Book, is still a better primer on the subject, even though it does not focus on India.
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Clever insight into the unexpected cultural disruption a device can deliver.
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