Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2008/08/10

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Subject: [Leica] Honduras Photos
From: photo at (Nathan Wajsman)
Date: Sun Aug 10 01:53:59 2008
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Here in Spain, you can pick up special plastic envelopes at the post  
office. You just stick your discarded phone into it, seal it and dump  
it in any mailbox. I believe they end up with the Red Cross who  
refurbish them and give them to people like those depicted in Tina's  

Indeed, cellphones have made a huge difference in the lives of people  
in 3rd world countries, much more than the much-hyped $200 laptop,  
which would be of little or no use in a Honduran village without  
electricity and no fixed telecoms infrastructure.


Nathan Wajsman
Alicante, Spain


On Aug 9, 2008, at 5:29 AM, Bill wrote:

> So they have electricity for recharging?  And are old cell phones  
> something
> that you take down there?  I know I have several that could use a  
> good home.
> Bill in Denver
> -----Original Message-----
> From:
> [] On  
> Behalf Of
> Tina Manley
> Sent: Friday, August 08, 2008 9:22 PM
> To: Leica Users Group
> Subject: RE: [Leica] Honduras Photos
> At 10:44 PM 8/8/2008, you wrote:
>> Cell phones?
>> Bill in Denver
> Yes! Cell phones have really made a big change in the life of the  
> people
> here.  They may live in one room, dirt-floored shacks with no water or
> electricity, but the cell phones allow them to communicate across  
> mountains
> as they never could before.  I'm sure they will never have land line  
> phones
> in these remote communities, but there is a cell phone tower on top  
> of the
> nearest mountain.  They can buy cards which give them a certain  
> number of
> minutes at any of hundreds of tiny pulperias - 7-11 type stores.  A  
> lot of
> the phones are discarded ones donated from the States and  
> reconfigured for
> Honduras.
> Tina
> Tina Manley
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