Low-cost cell phones pay off

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Amidst research on the transformative effects of mobile phones on developing communities, companies in emerging markets are adding hundreds of millions of customers a year. From Nokia's third quarter earnings report:

Sales of [cell phones] rose 45.1 percent, to 19.3 million devices, in Africa and the Middle East, while rising 37 percent in China, to 18.9 million, and 41.1 percent in the rest of the Asia-Pacific region, to 29.5 million.

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