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    #1

    single-usage

    Would you please explain the following in bold more easily?

    1. In the urban areas of Bangladesh, GrameenPhone offers more conventional single-usage service plans, much as Sprint does in the American market.

    2. A Village Phone provides a communication link to nearly fifteen hundred people. "In terms of contingent access---if a person needs to make a call, he or she has the means to do so---we have opened a channel to 25 to 30 million people already," Iqbal notes enthusiastically.

    Thank you.

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    Re: single-usage

    NOT A TEACHER

    To my understanding, the bold text in the 1st paragraph refers to traditional mobile phone contracts, i.e. one contract/phone per customer (like in any western country). It could also mean disposable phones. Like the cheap ones you usually get when you apply for a prepaid contract, but that doesn't seem to fit here.
    I think the author of the text might have used this term incorrectly. If you type in "single use phone" in Google you can find some examples of phones that are built to make only ONE call, i.e. use them a single time. Maybe for emergency calls or for patients for their time in a hospital.
    2nd paragraph: A village phone seems to be a phone everyone is able to use as long as he/she got a contingent. Contingent: credits. Example: 30 minutes a month.

    I Hope this helps.
    Last edited by Michael84; 18-Jun-2011 at 15:51. Reason: typo, add

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    Re: single-usage

    Thank you for the answer.

    Would you explain more about "contingent"? I don't know why the word is used. You said it means "credits". "Credit" has many meanings. Does it just mean "the quality of being believable or trustworthy" here?

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