Already popular in Asia, mobile bill paying is starting to infiltrate the U.S.. A web resource called BilltoMobile allows anyone with a cell phone (YES, a basic cell phone works) to be able to to charge digital purchases to their cell phone bill via their cell phone. No need to use carry credit online anymore. Just charge purchases to your phone.
However, there is an interesting twist to this resource, it is being targeted at teens and younger adults. Which can be worrisome, since many do not have or understand how to use credit cards and keep from getting into credit debt. I think this marketing is another good reason why it is vital to teach youth about ethical and legal issues when using mobile phones. Many university students have gone into terrible debt because they don't understand the consequences of signing up for so many credit cards and maxing them out. I don't want the same thing to happen to teenagers who think using their phone as a never-ending cash machine is economically savvy. They need to learn how to use a cell phone as a credit card in an appropriate, safe, and professional manner. This is a teaching opportunity.
Disclaimers and Other Information about this blog. The information on the blog may be changed without notice and is not guaranteed to be complete, correct or up to date. The opinions expressed on the blog are the opinions of the individual author and may not reflect the opinions of anyone or any institution associated with the author. Links to external sources in the blog posts are provided solely as a courtesy to our blog visitors. All of the links on the sidebar under "recommended links" are links that the author believes to possibly have benefit in K-12 teaching and learning. All other sidebar links are related to cell phones and/or education but not necessary recommended as a K-12 learning resource by the author, some may be sponsor links and/or paid for image/banner ads. The author does not do paid reviews for her blog posts about web resources.Please contact Liz at email@example.com for any inquires regarding this blog.
Cell Phones in Learning by Liz Kolb is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 United States License. Based on a work at cellphoneseinlearning.com. Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be available at http://cellphonesinlearning.com.