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Friday, September 21, 2007

I knew it wouldn't be long before I was writing about the fastest growing thing in Jamaica, "digicel." This is Jamaica's top telecommunications network. Everyone seems to have a mobile phone in Jamaica. Even children as young as 5 years old, can be seen with their own phone.

I gets its because Jamaicans like "labbarish." I remember when if you wanted news you would go to your neighbors house and listen to them gossip or the store at the corner. Now, Western Style text messaging has taken over.
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Digicel recently introduced and emergency text messaging service, to help combat crime. This service works closely with the Jamaican Constabulary Force (JCF). Dicgicel's new service enables the public to text real time messages to the JCF's police control center by using the code 119. (I find the funny as they scrambled the numbers 911). Text messages will cost a Jamaican $1.00. (equivalent to 15 cents in the United States.)

Digicel is fast becoming the telecom giant of the Carribean. Currently boasting dealerships in over 20 countries. I know this is going to sound bad, but in the deep, impoverished area of Haiti's countryside, why would this company be pushing cell phone usage? I want to feel that that it is a "Starbucks" mentality. You know the company that goes into impoverished areas and try to bleed the masses dry. (okay, no hate mail only my opinion).

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