USAID to help Afghan cell-phone users get news

Americans are accustomed to getting their news and other information via cell phones, smart phones and other mobile devices. But now Afghans will have easier access to newspapers, radio and other news sources on their cell phones as well, NextGov reports.

Through a project called Mobile Khabar, the U.S. Agency for International Development will offer mobile phone users in Afghanistan free access to news stories from newspapers, radio and television stations. The project will also offer commentary pieces that will be available to mobile users through a system similar to voice mail.

The project is being funded through an initial grant of $7 million, which could increase to $16 million if USAID chooses to exercise the option years on the main contract.

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