In BBC NEWS Technology we learn:
Shyam Telecom, a regional mobile phone company in the state of Rajasthan, has equipped a fleet of 200 rickshaws with a mobile phone. Drivers, largely disabled and women, pedal these mobile payphones throughout the state capital, Jaipur, and the surrounding countryside.
The hand-pedalled rickshaws are equipped with a battery, a billing machine and a printer. The drivers take 20% on every call. Shyam is also planning to add internet-ready laptops to the rickshaws. The company’s latest innovation is a camel equipped with a wirelessly connected computer, for use in the desert, though just two animals are currently in commission at present.
Only around 23 million Indians have access to mobiles out of a population of 1.1 billion.