Making “Dumb” Phones Smarter and Faster – Technology Review

Not having a smartphone or access to a high-speed mobile network doesn’t mean you don’t still want your phone to act brainy and speedy. That’s the premise behind Australian startup biNu, whose free Java app can be downloaded onto most basic phones and used over 2G wireless networks—which remain common in many developing countries—to update Facebook and Twitter, read news, search the Web, and more.

You could use a mobile browser to do the same thing, but biNu cofounder Gour Lentell says biNu’s software is much faster and more data-efficient because it shifts most of the data processing away from the phone and onto distant servers.

via Making “Dumb” Phones Smarter and Faster – Technology Review.

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