20-Cent 'Cloud Phone' Offers Mobile Service for Poor
As Movirtu CEO Nigel Waller explains to CNN, the cloud phone isn't really a phone, but a mobile service. Once activated, the service will assign a unique number to each subscriber, who can then create a list of contacts, and check for any missed calls or text messages. The difference, however, is that users can access their accounts from any other phone. All they have to do is borrow someone's phone, type in their special PIN code, and instantly make or receive calls under their own number. And the best part, of course, is that they'll only have to pay 10 to 20 cents to subscribe -- although they'll still have to adhere to local rates if they want to actually place a call.
The cloud phone may not be able to provide actual phones for the world's neediest, but it can certainly help them maximize the handsets they've already invested in. And considering how many mobile users live on just $1 a day, any service capable of stretching that dollar is certainly a program worth pursuing.