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It’s official. Or so it seems. Already the most active handset manufacturer in the developing world, Nokia this week made an announcement that places it well and truly at the heart of the international development effort. It’s a move that mirrors the company’s “developed world” strategy — a move from out-and-out hardware supplier to one of a more inclusive services-based outfit. As if (very) successfully designing and building low-cost handsets for emerging markets wasn’t enough, Nokia will now start offering emerging-market specific data services through its low-cost phones. And we’re not talking music or games here. We’re talking agriculture and education, and that’s just for starters

kiwanja’s latest PC World column examines Nokia’s move into providing “social data” services through their low-cost mobiles in developing countries, and what this might mean to the ICT4D community