Some ironic observations about how easy phones make things, and how behind the times Internet remains in Nairobi in 2011:
- I couldn’t check my gmail in a Nairobi restaurant with their wifi, but kindle works great (on Whispernet3G) for gmail and costs nothing.
- Skype (which is free over the Internet) can barely call the USA, but Safaricom now offers the same calling rate to USA as local calls in Kenya (3 ksh a minute, or 4 cents a minute).
- It’s cheaper to call USA on my phone (3 ksh per minute) than to text USA (10 ksh), but still cheaper than texting within USA.
- I just bought a $40 nokia phone that does photos and internet in Kenya, but I often can’t get on the internet on a laptop after I upload any pics or blog posts.
- The highest "high speed" internet available is 8 mb/sec. The minimum "broadband" in USA is 10mb/sec I believe. Above is a chart comparing various types of data connections, and Kenya barely makes it onto the bottom.