The desire to be in touch with people and information 24/7 has led to the huge growth in mobile cell phones and other mobile devices. 80% of the world’s population now lives within a mobile reception area, a figure likely to increase to 90% by 2010.
Mobile phone subscriptions passed the 3.3 billion point at the end of 2007 (i.e. equivalent to half the world’s population) and many of these are in non-western or developing 10/40 Window countries. There are more mobile phones used in Africa than USA. The mobile systems in Japan and Korea are more advanced than almost anywhere. It is a hugely significant medium. Unlike a computer, a mobile is always with you – an integrated part of you and your lifestyle.
So how do you leverage and accommodate this technology for ministry?
SMS (text messaging)?
Are you developing your web presence to accomodate mobile browsers?
What about voice messaging services like Pinger.com?