A novel project in India uses cell phones to broadcast news to villages.
Gaon Ki Awaaz (Voice of the Village) is a rural news bulletin in India which uses a mobile phone as the broadcast medium. The news is generated by the villagers and broadcasted in their local dialect by native journalists, something which was previously not possible because of widespread illiteracy, rendering newspapers and SMS alerts ineffective. Since cell phones and voice calls are cheap here, it makes the project viable.
A similar project is operating down south in a remote tribe, which focuses on hyperlocal news reported by local citizen journalists. These projects show the value of cell phones for distributing news which is highly relevant to the locals and broadcasted in a language easily understood by them.
Below is a video showing the tribal citizens using cell phones to produce local news:
Gaon Ki Awaaz