Digital divide is widening with pricier smartphones
- The costs of owning a phone have shot up because of higher input expenses and telecom tariff hikes
- Analysts advocate subsidies to ease transition pains of those looking to upgrade from feature phones. Telcos, device makers and others have to join hands to make phones affordable.
NEW DELHI : Beena, a house help and mother of two, recently wanted to buy a smartphone for her 16-year-old daughter who takes online classes. The family already has a smartphone that everyone shared during the pandemic months. But things are different now. The economy has opened up. All adults in the family, including Beena, can no longer stay at home for long hours.