Nature Blog Network Future Earth: Mobile Menace

Monday, 25 February 2008

Mobile Menace

As the World Mobile extravaganza unfolded in Barcelona last week, no doubt unleashing another generation of the marvelous little monsters on a waiting world, can we pause for just one bleeping moment and consider a gigantic tax on second mobile owners?

As the plane lands in Indonesia, we simple travellers from western lands watch as those in the know switch on both their mobiles. Why two? Why waste resources, why pay two bills?

“Ah”, proffers the lady with a huge wide belt and a smile to match... “international and local”.

“Phone and text” says a businessman with a practical shrug of the shoulders at our electronic naivety.

A small voice from behind a mound of duty-free gifts... “wife and mistress”! The laugh that unites the departing passengers cuts across cultures.


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