A mobile service for vehicle tax information

The user gets an SMS on the amount paid, date of payment, receipt number, and any amount that’s due In the first-of-its-kind service in Nepal, the transport department is providing vehicle information through mobile text messages, a citizen service that is particularly useful in a country where cars, two-wheelers and other vehicles attract an annual…

A mobile social network to share multimedia

The app can be used with equal ease on both simple feature phones and high-end smartphones New Delhi: India has primarily been a voice-based market for the telecom operators. But one company is seeking to change that trend. How about sending free videos, voice and photo messages over a phone data connection at a minimal…

Text messages to aid maternity healthcare

Auto-generated texts provide mothers with information about immunization dates, medicines Gandhinagar: Veenaben Solanki, mother of a one-and-half year-old boy, recalls the first text message she received from the state government when she was pregnant. The message, in Gujarati, suggested that she reach a nearby public health clinic for various antenatal care services. She took up…

Phones help empower women

In India, if true development has to be designed and pursued, it requires multi-stakeholder integration of issues and solutions. Kutch is the largest district in India with about two million people spread across 966 villages with 70% literacy. Kutch is also fast industrializing because of which, local communities say, crime and alcoholism have been rising.…