Keep the faith in mobile

BBC Technology put online an article about how mobile technology is playing an active role in Asia to keep in touch with religious practices.
One of the most popular services in China is the lunar almanach: before, it was a calendar hanging on the wall, now the phone sends each night a list of auspicious activities for the following day. Dr Bell, the anthropologist that investigated the issue, talks also about seeing people resorting to their mobile to show the direction of Mecca or remind them when time has come to pray.

But Asian people are not unique in doing so, Verizon Wireless introduced a new mobile phone service in the United States to allow subscribers to receive messages from the Pope.