Take the #PhonelessFriday Challenge
How Long Can You Go…
Announcing the #PhonelessFriday Challenge for the month of December! Each Friday this month, try going without using your mobile phone and time how long you last.
- Every Friday during December, turn off your mobile phone for the day
- If you need to use your phone, log the time of day on Facebook or Twitter, and tag with #PhonelessFriday
- Challenge friends and family to do the same
Why is a mobile company asking people to use their phones less?
Glad you asked! #PhonelessFriday was created to draw attention to a new program, Mobile4All, and how much so many of us rely on our phones, as well as how our lives would be impacted by not having it for a day… getting directions, talking to our families, making business calls, getting a Lyft, finding out where to catch the bus, texting friends, sending a tweet, and the list goes on.
Did you know the U.S. has one of the most expensive mobile phone services in the world?
This is a barrier to many low-income people who need mobile phones to communicate with potential employers and landlords, follow-up with case managers, schedule medical appointments, and connect with friends and relatives. People with very few resources face a choice between unaffordable mobile phone services, and unreliable public programs that offer extremely limited talk time and text messages. Often on pre-paid plans with “burner phones,” many low-income people do not have a phone number they can keep, or regular access to voicemail.
Source: Community Technology Alliance
Going without your phone too hard to imagine?
In lieu of giving up your phone for a day, consider helping someone in need get connected by making a contribution to the Mobile4All Indiegogo campaign.
Mobile4All – A Community Technology Alliance initiative