According to an online survey 19% of cell phone users have dropped their phone into the toilet at least once. That isn’t a problem however for 1.5 billion people. Not just any 1.5 billion people though. This is the 1. 5 billion who have cell phones but not toilets.
According to a report from the United Nations this week, of the 7 billion people on Earth, 6 billion of them have cell phones while only 4.5 billion have access to toilets. Now does my title make sense to you? Picture the bespectacled Verizon guy running from bathroom to bathroom squatting briefly with his phone, “Can you smell me now?”
Apparently in this world there are people who have the money to purchase a cell phone and pay for a plan but they don’t have a toilet. Fortunately I am not one of them. If you’re reading this you probably aren’t either. Of course I suppose you could be reading this on your smart phone while squatting over a hole in the woods. That might be a good statistic to have. How many of the 1.5 billion who have phones but no toilets have smart phones with a data plan?
Is it just me or do you see a great marketing opportunity for some enterprising cell phone carrier? I’m an idea man Chuck. Remember how Cingular Wireless used to have that plan where if you didn’t use up all your plan minutes they would carry over and add to the next months minutes? What if the cell phone carriers in these Third World nations did the same thing except instead of adding your leftover data or minutes to the next month they could go towards the purchase of plumbing and a toilet? Maybe the customers could then subscribe to a waste management plan? Talk about your data dumping! Maybe those of us in more developed countries could choose to donate our leftover minutes and data by texting some number.
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