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Google is attempting to make cell phones affordable for people living in 6 African countries. Google announced the “Hot 2” phone, which will cost only $88, would be sold in stores in Nigeria and offered by online retailer Jumia in five other countries: Egypt, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, and Morocco.

Although the phones being released in Africa will be ‘bare minimum’ when it comes to technology in them, the company hopes that it will be a start pointing for getting more people online.

Google, Facebook and other Internet companies are trying to get more people online in places like Africa so they can expand their audiences and eventually sell more digital advertising.

As part of that effort, Google already has built a fiber-optic network to provide faster Internet access in Kampala, the capital of Uganda.

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  • Me

    This is me sucking my teeth at $88 being considered low cost. Remember when phones used to be no more than $30? That’s what I’m trying to get back to. I’m getting sick and tired of these crazy expensive smartphones when time and again I just keep proving to myself that all I really ever do on my phone is talk or text (maybe e-mail every once in a while). I used to be able to do the same things on a flip phone. If they can reverse the trend on phone bills going back down to under $50 a month, they should be able to reverse the trend on cell phone costs too.

  • [email protected]

    There is unparalleled economic growth potential in Africa. Nations like Ghana, Botswana, Cameroon, etc. have great economic GDP growth. That is why Western companies and Chinese companies are investing in Africa all of the time. I have no problem with Africa being grown of its infrastructure. Likewise, we have to take another thing into consideration. Many companies who invest in Africa don’t help the communities in Africa in a radical way. They just invest, get profits, and even have inordinate influence in the political functions of many areas of Africa. Therefore, if someone or a company is investing in Africa, they should work also to help the communities in Africa in a more in-depth way. Low costing phones in the States with very advanced technology probably won’t happen anytime soon. We do wish more blessings and more prosperity for the people of Africa.

    • elle D.

      Write on!

    • [email protected]

      Thank you Sister elle D.

    • elle D.

      So glad to see you all holding it down as always~

    • [email protected]

      I was raised by 2 great black people who to this very day are helping their community. I’m inspired by them and I’m inspired by you too. We a’int backing down. We will show the truth and speak up for the dignity of our black people. I’m glad of you showing great wisdom as well Sister. :)

    • elle D.

      YES TO ALL OF THAT and a special hug and shout out to your parents :)

    • [email protected]

      You’re so sweet. I really appreciate that Sister. Yes, we will continue to believe in wisdom, love truth, and we will always oppose injustice. Bless you like always. :) I appreciate your comments a great deal.

    • eve-audrey

      Truth i have a question: do you believe it will be possible to have an economic bond between african-americans and africa?
      I know AA have more pressing issues right now in their homeland but it would be nice to create one of those international forums for investors but aimed at the african diaspora (at least those interested)

      Difference in culture wise i would prefer seeing black people profiting from whatever opportunity there will be in africa than asians or europeans. It’s nothing to do with racism but i feel like a maximum of money should stay in black hands. If that makes sense.

    • [email protected]

      Hello Sister eve-audrey

      That’s an excellent question. There have been discussions for many years for African Americans and Africans to have an economic bond. There has been some economic collaboration, but not bonds in the next level so to speak. I do believe that in the long term that this bond can be established very strongly. First, any African American, who wants this to occur, must study the country that they want to invest in. They must take the time to research its history, its culture, its economics, its people, its languages, and its politics. In that sense, he or she is prepared to act not out of arrogance or selfishness, but that person is acting out of a sincere motivation to help others. Any investment in Africa must be used in conjunction to helping the people of Africa, especially its poor citizens. So, if an economic bond involving exchanging various commodities occurs between Africans and African-Americans, then capital should be invested in building up infrastructure like school, water supplies, medical equipment, progressive political causes, etc. Africans and African Americans should mutually respect each others’ cultures and humanity. There should be more forums on these issues since we’re all black. We are all of black African descent. If various ethnic groups have a maximum amount of money in their hands, then we as black people have every right to build up our economic, social, and political power in a pan-African fashion. Building up black institutions is always great.

      Merci pour votre question.

      Vous êtes très fort, intelligent femme.

      Bonne journée