Digital haves and have-nots – limiting communication

I am increasingly aware of the digital divide between the Haves of the most recent technology…
And the Have-nots who do not have the money to upgrade to the most recent technology!

And staying behind, because the Have-nots are not able to communicate with the Haves.

My case in point: I have a Blackberry 9360 Smartphone, which do not allow me to do most of the cool stuff, and which do not have long battery life. I have chosen this phone, because I have to pay for two smartphones (the other one is for my daughter who is a student), and I can’t afford a more expensive option.

I have an iPad2 with 16G memory which is stretched to its limit, and gives me notifications that I can’t upgrade to iOS 6.1.3 because there is not enough memory. And iOS 7 is already available in beta…
(Of course, if I had the money, I would have upgraded long ago!)

I find it very frustrating, especially because I am not able to take part fully in ANZ 23 Mobile Things, and this week I can’t download Google + Hangout because it needs iOS 6.1.3.

Luckily I can Skype from my iPad, and I will be following the conversation on Twitter.

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