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Last Updated: Wednesday, 11 January 2006, 14:48 GMT
Mobile Phones
First broadcast January 2006

BBC World Service explores the influence of the mobile phone on living, health and safety, and how it changed the way we communicate.

There are over two billion mobile phones in use on this planet and that number is increasing every day.

The mobile phone is part of a worldwide revolution in telecommunications that is affecting every person on Earth, no matter how rich or poor.

Part One - The story of a mobile phone

In the first of two interesting and unusual programmes, Nick Rankin explores the history of the mobile phone technology.

The programme also looks at how the mobile is changing the lives of the poor, and questions just how safe and secure our mobile phone conversations are.

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