Public resale of mobile telephone minutes: An alternative access for low-income households in Colombia Academic Article


  • Technology in Society


  • In recent years in Colombia, the informal resale of mobile telephone minutes as an alternative means of access to mobile telephony has allowed access for many low-income people not financially eligible for mobile plans. With data from a 2007 survey of low-income households in Colombia, we analyzed the main factors that determine the use of this kind of service. Using a probabilistic model (Logit), we found that people with a prepayment plan and those from smaller cities are more likely to use this alternative. Also, those subscribers in a plan with the leading carrier tend to use this service more often. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd.

publication date

  • 2010/5/1


  • Colombia
  • Factors
  • Household
  • Logit
  • Low income
  • Mobile telephone
  • Mobile telephony
  • Prepayment
  • Probabilistic model
  • Resale
  • Statistical Models
  • Telephone
  • low income
  • telephone

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0160-791X

number of pages

  • 8

start page

  • 122

end page

  • 129