ABL’s Twitter debunking link in the previous post, which was an interview with a “ordinary Egyptian”, was worth reading:
Fuck the internet! I have not seen it since Thursday and I am not missing it. I don’t need it. No one in Tahrir Square needs it. No one in Suez needs it or in Alex…Go tell Mubarak that the peoples revolution does not his damn internet!
More importantly, this guy goes on to explain that even a basic cell phone costs about 1/5 of the income of the average family of 4, and that a smartphone costs almost 4 times the average monthly income. For the average human being on earth, having a smartphone is like one of us having a private jet. It’s an unimaginable luxury.
The last numbers I found showed that smartphones were 19.3% of the mobile market in Q3 2010. This figure has been growing quickly, so the vast majority of the installed base of cellphones are models that can make calls and send texts. Judging from that report, about a billion cell phones were sold last year, so there are probably 2-3 billion in circulation. At most, a couple hundred million of those are smartphones. That’s worth remembering when deciding what color to paint your blog.