Not when the consumer is paying for airtime, you don’t.
Melissa Block speaks with Randall Stross about the “Mobile Informational Call Act of 2011.” In his Digital Domain column for the New York Times, Stross writes that the act would clearly define what constitutes consent for receiving automated calls — also known as “robocalls” — on cell phones.
Welcome to the world’s smartphone (via GOOD).
…Designed in 2003, the Nokia 1100 doesn’t show Hulu or your Facebook page; in fact, the only things it does do is send texts and make calls (insert AT&T joke here). But here’s the kicker: The 1100 is owned by 250 million people worldwide (compare with 73.5 million iPhones) and is destined to see the greatest growth in the market. That’s why initiatives like Project Masiluleke, a program headed by frog design to connect HIV and tuberculosis patients with care in Africa, are using text-message technology to reach their audience. Something to keep in mind for anyone trying to design the next revolutionary mobile technology: For anything to truly be impactful on a global scale, it’s definitely not going to be an app.