Ubiquitous Mobile phones – useful for criminals too

I attended a course on Mobile Marketing at UCT’s Graduate School of Business at the end of July. Getting on top of mobile technologies and tools is a must globally – but more so in South Africa (and Africa generally), where traditional internet penetration (~12% in SA) pales in comparison to mobile penetration (>80%).

We got a great overview of the different tools, and how cell phones are being used by marketers and people in their target markets, and I have got a couple of exciting new ideas for our purposes.

However, I read a post on the DA’s crime blog, Eye on Crime, which gives a rather chilling account of how cell phones are being used by burglars to scope potential targets.

Unfortunately, it isn’t only law-abiding citizens who benefit from new technology.

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3 Responses to “Ubiquitous Mobile phones – useful for criminals too”


  1. 1 Kat Scholtz 11 August 2008 at 2:39 pm

    Wow, just read the post you referred to.. that’s rather disturbing.

  2. 2 Dave 11 August 2008 at 5:03 pm

    I think it’s great that you and the DA are keeping on top of all these trends and technologies. Rock on, Ant!

  3. 3 ahazell 12 August 2008 at 9:53 am

    @Kat yes, it is pretty scary. With all the good comes the bad, I guess.

    @Dave Thanks for the encouragement. Now to convert all the new knowledge into action 🙂


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