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The spread of mobile phones is creating a new class of entrepreneurs and economic activity by providing an alternative to poor quality government infrastructure like roads and postal services. The spread of mobile phones is creating a new class of entrepreneurs and economic activity by providing an alternative to poor quality government infrastructure like roads and postal services. People like trishaw drivers in the city are finding business faster because their clients can contact them and rural farmers are able to check produce prices before hiring a lorry to take their crop to market.

In other words, mobile phones are doing what governments are supposed to do: that is improving the lives of people.

The mobile phone can be a great leveler.

Rural farmers use it to check prices at different markets while investors use more advanced versions of mobile technology to track stock price movements.

Investors don’t need to sit by their stockbroker to buy shares anymore, they can track the market using advanced mobile technology like GPRS and transact when they see opportunity.

But rural residents living in areas with bad roads and unreliable postal services have more to ga