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"One defamation ... holds that the refugees aren't really poor because they can afford smartphones (whereas those smartphones are their only valuables and are used as maps and news source)"

Actually those smartphones are less valuable than they look. The manufacturers were unable to sell many of them at the regular price in the Middle East, and then created special "Middle East/China/Brazil models" with a lower quality of many parts (like the cameras), and much cheaper. These smartphones are fairly affordable, especially because their owners very often do not possess other electronic devices (like laptops, TV).

More facts on the smartphone nonsense (in German) here.

by Katrin on Tue Sep 1st, 2015 at 05:22:52 AM EST

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