Mobile phones are increasingly sophisticated these days, but there is one use you might not have considered — catching fish. Indian trawler crews used to rely on luck for a good catch. But it is a different kind of net-work that is funding their fortunes — India’s fishermen find mobiles are where the money is. Mohan Kumar revs up his engine for a day of fishing off the coast of Kerala — the southernmost state in India. “I studied in school until the 7th grade but then I had to leave school because we were not economically well off, so I had to help my dad with fishing,” says Mohan Kumar, a fisherman from Kerala. Kumar is one of thousands of fishermen in the state who wake up at one o’clock to earn a living. For decades, fishermen like Kumar, relied on luck and prayer in order to find a good catch, but all that has changed since the introduction of the mobile phone in the state more than ten years ago.
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