Practical Insights on USSD

Beware the Mobile Phone Hardware Quality Divide for Rural African Women

Beware the Mobile Phone Hardware Quality Divide for Rural African Women

Published on: Sep 20 2018 by Wayan Vota - 12 Comments
We all can celebrate the massive adoption of mobile phones across the African continent, and be astonished at the rapid uptake of smartphones in countries like...
Do Not Forget USSD: The Third Universal Mobile Application

Do Not Forget USSD: The Third Universal Mobile Application

Published on: Aug 29 2018 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
Mobile applications designed to work with carrier provided services have generally focused on voice through Interactive Voice Response (IVR) and text through Short...
The Feature Phone is Not Yet Dead in Africa – Your Weekend Long Reads

The Feature Phone is Not Yet Dead in Africa – Your Weekend Long Reads

Published on: Feb 24 2018 by Steve Vosloo - 1 Comment
Quartz Africa reports that last year feature phones won market share from smartphones in Africa. The market share of smartphones fell to 39% in 2017 (from 45%),...
Two Blockchain Use Cases for Self-Sovereign Digital Identities

Two Blockchain Use Cases for Self-Sovereign Digital Identities

Published on: Jan 31 2018 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on Two Blockchain Use Cases for Self-Sovereign Digital Identities
Of all the emerging technologies that are likely to shape the future of international development, blockchain is certainly at the peak of inflated expectations....
5 Barriers to Mobile Financial Services in Bangladesh

5 Barriers to Mobile Financial Services in Bangladesh

Published on: Aug 28 2017 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on 5 Barriers to Mobile Financial Services in Bangladesh
Since the launch of Mobile Financial Services in Bangladesh in 2011, significant growth has been observed across
all metrics, from account use to transaction...
Are You Guilty of Helping Safaricom Prey on Rural Women?

Are You Guilty of Helping Safaricom Prey on Rural Women?

Published on: Nov 17 2016 by Wayan Vota - 5 Comments
There are multiple development initiatives to increase women’s ownership and usage of mobile phones – everyone from GSMA to USAID to Mobile Network...
The Best Mobile Data Collection System Exists: Choice is the Challenge

The Best Mobile Data Collection System Exists: Choice is the Challenge

Published on: Sep 28 2012 by Guest Writer - 7 Comments
You might think that the topic of collecting data via mobile devices would be a rather dry discussion of data management and statistical methodology. You would be...
Africans Should be Developing for Smartphones, Not USSD or Feature Phones

Africans Should be Developing for Smartphones, Not USSD or Feature Phones

Published on: Jun 13 2012 by Wayan Vota - 14 Comments
Recently, TechCrunch made the bold prediction that in five years’ time, most sub-Saharan Africans will have smartphones. At first I thought this just more mobile...
Get Facebook on ANY Mobile Phone via USSD

Get Facebook on ANY Mobile Phone via USSD

Published on: Apr 04 2012 by Wayan Vota - 6 Comments
Do you want to join the millions of people on Facebook across Africa? But are you stuck with an old feature phone? Want no more! Orange is launching Facebook...