Cell phone usage is common here as one can tell on every Kampala street and country lane. This is confirmed by the recent survey by the Uganda National Bureau of Statistics mentioned in the post below and reported in the Daily Monitor. The survey found household cell phone usage at 87% for urban Ugandans and 53% of those living in rural areas. These numbers are eye-popping when contrasted with electricity use which is 53% among urban households, just 5% among rural ones. And note that the great majority of people in Uganda - 80% - live in the countryside.
|My cell phone that I use in Uganda purchased new for $30.00. It is not a smart phone but it handles texts and has an alarm. Very reliable and handy.|
|"Send money across all (phone) networks" this booth says.|
|Sign advertising "pay your electric bill" by phone.|
Economic development happens in an organic and mostly unplanned way. In Uganda and other developing countries, the wired infra-structure for phones has been largely skipped as the country has moved rapidly to cell phones avoiding LAN lines. I was surprised how Uganda has adopted telecommunications technology. Their creativity is something to admire.