One service provided by the BBC even allows users to dial in for English lessons. Launched in November 2009, the service has already been used by over 3MN people.
Mobile banking is also growing in popularity, with users connecting to their bank accounts to view balances and transfer funds with a simple text message. Such a service is crucial in economies where the population is too widely spread to make access to bank branches or ATMs possible for the majority of the population.
As mentioned previously, cell phone technology is also stepping over traditional landlines to connect people in the developing world. An attempted phone call to a developing country can often be illuminating - many tries to get through and poor connections are often standard in countries where capacity and infrastructure make it impossible to maintain service. Cell phones on the other hand rely on broadcast towers as opposed to telephone wires, and many analysts believe will become more important than land connections in coming years.