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Two recent articles in the press have reassured me about something that has been going around in my head for a long time: the great possibilities of the mobile phone.

And I am not talking about iPhones or any other kind of smart phones; I am talking about the simple, everyday mobile phone.

In the first article by Anand Giridharadas in the New York Times (April 9, 2010) “Where a Cellphone Is Still Cutting Edge” the author points out how in the “unsophisticated” world of Africa the mobile phone is used as a tool for transferring  money, insuring crops , delivering primary health –  you name it.  Everything is done using the simplest models that do not need special written application for specific and costly gadgets, without which most people in the developed world have been convinced that they cannot live.

The second article, “When your carpet calls your doctor” from The Economist (Apr 8th, 2010) is a review of how health care can improve with wireless technology. Although centered in experiences in the USA, and consequently taking for granted the most sophisticated apparatus, its point is that a greater use of the existing wireless technology can help in preventing, monitoring and curing illnesses and other ailments.

Putting together these two ideas, or rather, facts  is it not possible to develop simple, easy- to- use applications for the normal everyday mobile phone to promote health? The aim, as I see it, will be to develop applications that can be used in every corner of the world, regardless of the social and economic level of the corner and working with the simplest of devices.

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