Give your old smartphone a new life

7 May , 2021  

There is a student in Laos who would love your unused smartphone!

Smartphones are hard to come by and expensive and out of reach for most Lao people where the average monthly wage used to be only $150 but now is zero, after most jobs were lost last March and there is no social welfare.

Laos is a communist country with a population of 7 million people. The GDP per capita is $2700 USD, with 67% of the population living outside of urban centers. Laos has a very young population, with a median age of 21 years. Laos relies on textile industries and tourism for much of its income which was wiped out in 2020 when the country went into a strict lockdown and remains in lockdown. Healthcare is poor and the country cannot afford a COVID-19 outbreak.

530,000 people have Internet access (8.1% of the population). 30% of these use Facebook as their main communication app (instead of email etc). Smartphones give people Internet access and the ability to communicate and learn. Phones are needed for students to get work and communicate with employers and family.

If you can donate a phone (with charger) please contact me. Thank you.

How to delete all your data securely.

Instructions for what to do to remove all your information from an iPhone before disposal can be found on Apple’s website:

Recommendations for how to clean your Android device and protect your personal information before you sell or give it away tend to involve these four steps:

Once you are confident that the personal data that was on your smartphone cannot be resurrected and misused, you can sell it or give it away with confidence.

Thank you very much.


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