Telecom is being used widely among all strata of industry, while the mobile phone has become a tool in the hands of the common man, for use in just about everything. Social networking via mobile has become the most popular form of expressing mass sentiments, with popular social networking giants like Twitter and Facebook, being touted as the -voice of the people’, and a forum to spread awareness, unite people and force leaders to take action.
In the ongoing clash between social activist Anna Hazare and the Congress government over non-enforcement of the Jan Lokpal Bill an Android app called Anna Hazare AntiCorruption India” has been launched.
Besides this, -Anna fever’ has also prompted a surge in profits to mobile operators, with common people and corporate sending bulk SMSes, or making numerous voice calls to join the Anna Hazare protests across the country. 3G is also being used for live streaming of the protests by people in India and abroad, who are tuning in, so as to catch every bit of the action.
In India, mobile phones have also been used by terrorists in the past to trigger the multiple blasts that have rocked the country in recent times, pushing the government to go harder on mobile operators to provide encryption software, call and SMS records of subscribers and lately, permission to monitor subscriber feeds on popular social networking websites, like Twitter, Facebook, Orkut and LinkedIn.