How do you mobile,  Mozambique?The @Verdade newspaper team shares      thoughts on mobile use.
The @Verdade newspaper in Mozambique has a  teammuch larger than its newsroom, including a  distribution team that deliver...
Alfredo is a distributor andmechanic’s assistant with@Verdade. Has a Nokiafeature phone that has acamera with flash, withv...
Celestinois a motorcycle-rickshaw driver with @Verdade. With aChinese dual SIM, he accesses each operator in different bay...
Chico is a web editor withthe newspaper. HisNokia"dumbphone" is lentby his brother, who had itlying around. The otherphone...
Gildo is a staff reporter with @Verdade. He bought his Nokia  feature phone secondhand, two years ago. The camera was  bro...
Ivone is on the support staff with@Verdade. Listening to Rihanna, she hasonly two songs because she cannot afforda new, la...
Marco is the chief mechanicwith @Verdade. He boughthis new Nokia phone with aguarantee from statetelecom mcel three months...
Chico is an @Verdade distributor. Has been an Mcel customer for10 years, and has had his "no-frills" Nokia phone for a few...
Victor is also an@Verdade distributor. Hecan not access theInternet on his Chinesedual SIM phone, and thecamera is broken,...
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The @Verdade newspaper in Mozambique has a team much larger than its newsroom, including a distribution team that delivers the paper to outer Maputo, to the unpaved neighborhoods where most people live. Recently, the newspaper has been doing some training on citizen reporting via mobile with the distribution team, its “eyes and ears” around town. Janet Gunter used this opportunity to do a baseline assessment of mobile ownership to determine needs for budding citizen reporters. The result she thought could be interesting to a wider audience. Here is a sampling.

Names have been changed, but everything else is based on Janet's interviews and observation.

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  1. 1. How do you mobile, Mozambique?The @Verdade newspaper team shares thoughts on mobile use.
  2. 2. The @Verdade newspaper in Mozambique has a teammuch larger than its newsroom, including a distribution team that delivers the paper to outer Maputo, to the unpaved neighborhoods where most people live. Recently, the newspaper has been doing some training on citizen reporting via mobile with the distribution team, its “eyes and ears” around town. Janet Gunter used this opportunity to do a baseline assessment of mobile ownership to determine needs for budding citizen reporters. The result she thought could be interesting to a wider audience. Here is a sampling.Names have been changed, but everything else is based on Janets interviews and observation.
  3. 3. Alfredo is a distributor andmechanic’s assistant with@Verdade. Has a Nokiafeature phone that has acamera with flash, withvideo recording ability. Heis proud of his photos,maintaining a couple ofalbums. He has a KwaitoHouse ringtone and wouldlike another phone for asecond SIM card.
  4. 4. Celestinois a motorcycle-rickshaw driver with @Verdade. With aChinese dual SIM, he accesses each operator in different bays.Celestino says he would like a phone with a better camera,these Chinese ones are no good, except for the dual SIMfeature. He has an R&B ringtone.
  5. 5. Chico is a web editor withthe newspaper. HisNokia"dumbphone" is lentby his brother, who had itlying around. The otherphone (bottom), also aNokia, is a hand-me-down. He has had it foronly 6 months, and theInternet does not function,which is frustrating forhim. The only luxury hehas is two SIM cards, onefrom each operator.
  6. 6. Gildo is a staff reporter with @Verdade. He bought his Nokia feature phone secondhand, two years ago. The camera was broken when he bought it. He likes SMS on a Nokia, saying it is the “cleanest” and easiest way to write a text. He just got a Blackberry (right) for work but is waiting for the contract to come through, so he has yet to access the Internet on his phone.Note: Gildo lost both phones later the evening after this interview, when he was attacked by knife-wielding thieves. His hand and torso were cut up.
  7. 7. Ivone is on the support staff with@Verdade. Listening to Rihanna, she hasonly two songs because she cannot afforda new, larger memory card. She has hadthis phone for three months, when shebought it secondhand after her last onewas stolen. It takes photos, but she thinks“this one won’t last long”.
  8. 8. Marco is the chief mechanicwith @Verdade. He boughthis new Nokia phone with aguarantee from statetelecom mcel three monthsago. His first phone was aSamsung which lasted sixyears. After this, he bought aChinese phone which lastedfor only two months. HisNokia has a one-yearwarranty, so if anything goeswrong, he can trade it in fora new one. As for extras, thephone has a flashlight andradio.
  9. 9. Chico is an @Verdade distributor. Has been an Mcel customer for10 years, and has had his "no-frills" Nokia phone for a few years -- he knows how to dial and type with the keypad scratched off.Chico believes he should be with the “Mozambican” provider. Hecould replace it for less than $2 but he does not need to.
  10. 10. Victor is also an@Verdade distributor. Hecan not access theInternet on his Chinesedual SIM phone, and thecamera is broken, too. TheSamsung phone has anmcel SIM, but he can onlyaccess the Internet whenhe uses the Vodacom SIMfrom his other phone. TheSamsung has the VirginMary, or Our Lady ofFátima, as its background.He bought both secondhand.

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