Visiting Friends and Friends Visiting

We’ve had several opportunities recently to reflect on our visits to Africa, and our friends’ visits to America. Between the BT’15 conference, its associated mini-conferences, training, and staff meetings, we hosted a number of African friends. Then I went off to Africa to visit some of our friends who have hosted me. It has allowed… Continue reading Visiting Friends and Friends Visiting

72% of All Humans Have an Active Phone (Latest Stats)

The latest phone stats are up at Tomi Ahonen’s Communities Dominate Brands blog.  There have been more mobile subscriptions that humans for a while now, but the big news is that 72% of all humans, including babies, kids… everyone, now have a functional phone in their pocket.  This is four times more than Facebook and… Continue reading 72% of All Humans Have an Active Phone (Latest Stats)

Travel Communications Tips: When Things Don’t Work

Reducing Internet During a Call Internet voice phone calls (“Skype”) requires much better Internet than instant messaging.  Internet video requires much better Internet than voice.  So a quick and easy adjustment if Internet degrades during a call is to just use less of it.  Move from video to audio.  This will often make the audio… Continue reading Travel Communications Tips: When Things Don’t Work

Communications Tips for Travel Around the World

Your Communications Tool Chest There are three tools that you should get familiar with before you travel: SMS, Skype, and VSee.  There are many other tools that provide similar features.  These are the ones that are already in widespread use at our organization, and which experience has proven actually work in the emerging world. SMS… Continue reading Communications Tips for Travel Around the World

Phone Stats

The latest numbers are available, and there are now 5.5 billion people who own phones.  That’s about 75% of the human race!  Nearly half of the phones are smartphones.  82% of all new smartphones and 76% of cumulative smartphones are Android.  These numbers are even more massively skewed outside of North America and Europe. If… Continue reading Phone Stats