Re: Everything is mobile now
@Ashish: Ow! that water example from Detroit really stings, and it's emblematic of the truly horrendous state of affairs in that city. I was, of course, thinking of more positive uses, such as information on where to get food, clothing, financial guidance, or other public services. But if the city has no money to provide water I suppose it's a moot point.
The basic structure of the telecom market is indeed very very different here in the U.S., although even with carrier subsidies the cost of an iPhone is probably well beyond what most people living below poverty level can afford even here. Typically, the phone is offered for $200-$300 with the carrier subsidies, and you need a good credit rating here in order to get a contract with a wireless carrier. They lock you into a 2-year contract with costly data plans.
I'm not going all #firstworldproblems on you, I truly get that the situation for those living in poverty around the world can be truly dire and in no way do I seek to minimize that.
Rather, my fears are additive: We all too often overlook those who are going hungry in our own backyards here in the U.S. -- as your link to the Detroit water news so aptly points out. And the divide between rich and poor is growing wider and wider here as well.