Personal ‘cloud phone’ service for rural users without a handset

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There's no doubt cell phones can make dramatic improvements in the lives of those in the developing world; the challenge is bringing those benefits to everyone. Earlier this month we featured Range Networks' open source phone service for off-grid areas, and recently we came across UK-based Movirtu, which is helping to bring low-cost phone service to those who don't own their own handsets. Movirtu's MXShare service enables people who cannot afford a phone or SIM card to own a virtual “Cloud Phone” account with their own telephone number. Once launched by a local operator, people subscribe to the service by…

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