Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Working-Class Network SocietyCommunication Technology and the Information Have-Less in Urban China$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Jack Linchuan Qiu

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262170062

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262170062.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM MIT PRESS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.mitpress.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright The MIT Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in MITSO for personal use.date: 21 October 2019

Going Wireless

Going Wireless

Chapter:
(p.51) 3 Going Wireless
Source:
Working-Class Network Society
Author(s):

Jack Linchuan Qiu

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262170062.003.0038

This chapter, which is concerned with the historical trajectory of the wireless phone or shouji (“hand-phone”) from an elite device to a common component of everyday life, examines a few specific parts of the burgeoning wireless market: the Little Smart, short message service, prepaid mobile services, and pagers. It addresses the waxing and waning of pager service and its implications for working-class ICTs in general. The development of shouji triggers the market expansion and new network formation at the grassroots level. The chapter shows that the different businesses entail a unique mixture of technology, policy, and entrepreneurialism under a variety of institutional structures. There are also many cost-effective solutions to meet the needs of the information have-less.

Keywords:   wireless phone, shouji, Little Smart, short message service, prepaid mobile services, pagers, policy, entrepreneurialism

MIT Press Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.