In our work on teleuse@BOP, reports on the use of missed calls attracted a great deal of attention. It seems to be generating even more press at the MobileActive conference in South Africa:
“Donner said in a phone interview with MobileActive.org: “I started writing on [missed calls], based on being an outsider. We just simply don’t use missed-calls (in the US). But if go anywhere else, particularly in the developing world, where there are pre-paid systems, and pay-as-you-go, and people really watch their minutes, you’ll see it everywhere.””
While exotic, it’s not really the optimal way to communicate. Will the recent trends to bucket pricing, per-second billing and low, low prices ring the death knell of missed calls, at least in countries where the budget telecom network model is at work?