With the rapid development of science and technology, human beings’ society has evolved into a digital society, and their daily lives depend on various kinds of digital products. The mobile phone is a typical product among these digital products; it is a high technology in a series of breakthroughs in interpersonal communication. The influences of mobile phone have caused a great change in the way of our communication, trading and learning. Nowadays, the mobile phone has developed from an unattainable piece of equipment to a general item everyone can own. Meanwhile, in some developing countries, the mobile phone has become widespread because there is hardly any fixed-line infrastructure. Then, developing countries which had few breakthroughs in technology before, now take advantage of the mobile phones so that they can widen their platform in the world stage. This essay will argue that the mobile phone brings the development to developing countries because it can increase economic growth and improve the communication of information and education.
One argument for mobile phone bringing development to developing countries is that it can increase economic growth. The same meaning is that the mobile phone is a development factor in the world economy. Firstly, when the telephone has been widely used in developing countries, it improves the GDP growth of those countries. There is a study reported from LBS (Bishop n.d) about the economy of mobile phones in developing countries. According to this research, the increasing number of mobile phone users is beneficial to the prosperity of economy and the quality of life in developing countries, especially for a long term perspective. In fact, the growth rate can be stimulated by the rise of 10 mobile phones per 100 people by 0.6% annually. For example, with the comparatively lesser mobile phone users than the average standard of developing countries, there are 27 people out of 100 having mobiles in Philippines and 9 people having mobiles per 100 people in Indonesia, Indonesia may undergo a GDP slower growth than Philippine’s by one percentage point a year, if such gap remains (Bishop n.d).
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Secondly, cell phones not only improve the GDP, but also create the jobs and improve the development of the market economy. For example, the Nigeria’s telecommunication catapulted into a leading enterprise since that it has made rapid development in 2000. Because of this, it brings an economic state of growth with rising profits and increase employment (Singh 2009).
Meanwhile, cell phone market offers a good platform to distribute goods to the places where materials are surplus or deficient, in another word, cell phone can adjust different price. The fishermen in India can reduce costs and earn more money when they use cell phone to know which place needs supply (Singh 2009).
To sum up, cell phone brings economic growth through increasing of GDP, market economy and employment creation.
Another argument for phone bringing development to developing countries is that it improves communication of information. First of all, the cell phone makes dissemination of information more efficient. For example, there is a service which has been widely used in some developing countries of Asia and Africa, called Ovi Life Tools. This service offered variety of information in text message, such as weather and sport (The Economist 2011).
Overall, the smartphone can benefit in both the workplace and at home. This phone technology allows users to stay connected to all their contacts and data no matter where they go, which is beneficial to all those people who benefit from convenience. Smartphones help keep people’s lives organized with their linked calendars and planners courtesy of their advanced operating systems, which also cut ...
Besides, a system of information platform in Ghanaian allows people to use cell phone to upload information or share information without delay it means that people can use cell phone spread information in anywhere, anytime (The Economist 2011).
Secondly, cell phone helps people to get information rapidly. In Ghana and Nigeria, there is a service from mPedigree. Medicine is previously secret number when people buy it and remove a part of attachment of the packaging. Then, the validity of a certain drug can be revealed to a consumer, go through the text sent to the computer system (The Economist 2011).
What’s more, the remote diagnosis system has been used in the African Medical and Research Foundation, patients who are living in the remote area can use cell phone to get the information about the usage and dosage of their drugs in time (Bishop n.d).
Consequently, the mobile phone has changed people’s lifestyles and way communicating by gaining information efficiently and quickly.
The final argument for mobile phone bringing development to developing countries is that it has some benefits for education. In the first place, with the rise of mobile teaching, it changes the form of traditional education. According to the Economist (2011) that BBC Janala, sponsored by the BBC World Service Trust in Bangladesh, has provided an effective way for English lovers to make improvements recently. In this way, over 3 million people can get access into their English lessons by dialing the hot-line with a very low cost. With the development of the technology, the forms of network teaching have been changed constantly. There is a new form of teaching that is sending the e-mail and SMS to students’ cell phone to do the English vocabulary lessons. Most of people are interested in this learning style and they will continue to use this educational approach, as opposed to computer learning is that they can learn more words (Motlik 2008).
Besides that, the mobile phone not only changes the form of education, but also it makes learning easier and effective. There is a project about mobile games for language learning in rural area and low-income families. This mobile game which is based on local curriculum-based English learning not only has entertainment, but it also offers a variety of English exercises, such as listening comprehension and sentence construction, etc. Many years ago, people who only can learn in the classroom, but now, the mobile phone which is a good teacher for after class care, enable people to learn anytime, anywhere (Valk 2010).
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Kolb (2011) reports that due to the functions with gradual improvement, people can use mobile phone to take pictures, watch video or audio, thus, the students do not need to spend much time to learn and use the software and record homework because students have stronger receive abilities than teacher. Then, people have much time for teaching or learning. In brief, the proliferation of mobile-teaching, which enhances the efficiency of learning, meanwhile, enables the colorful methodology.
In conclusion, since the extensive development of mobile phones in the third world countries, it brings comprehensive developments to those countries. Firstly, mobile phone is much more useful high technology and plays an important role in the third world countries and their economy. In addition, mobile phone uses its unique features to enable exchange of information to become simple and convenient in developing countries. Moreover, the education in developing countries has been improved because of they employ mobile phone for learning and teaching. In the future, mobile phone will continue to play such large role and will continue to bring surprise and convenience to people’s daily life.