Project: Mobile Phone Contacts Backup and Restore
State Implemented: Sokoto
Phone: +2348034712000, +2348033647775
Aliyu Chika understands that most of the mobile phone users in Nigeria rely majorly on their cell phones and SIMs to keep records of their contacts. The challenge is that this can be very unpleasant whenever the phone gets missing or damaged and all their contacts lost with the uncertainty of getting back their important contacts. According to former Nigeria’s Minister of Information and Communications, Professor Dora Akuniyili, “a total of 2 million mobile telephones are lost or reported stolen in Nigeria each year…that means 3 phones are stolen or lost every minute”. You may have experienced a similar case before.
The Innovative Idea Response
Aliyu developed an application (phone software) that can be downloaded to phones. With this software, mobile users are able to backup all their contacts both on SIM and phone; this works on all networks in Nigeria and abroad provided the phone is GPRS-enabled.
It is no longer news that we are now in the “Information Age” where mobile telecommunications is becoming tremendously essential in our newly informative world. With an estimated 70million mobile phone user, Nigeria is now the largest mobile market in Africa. Like every other technology, mobile telecommunication has its own challenges including the lost of phone book contacts whenever your cell phone is lost or damaged. It is this concern that inspired Aliyu to develop a software and an online platform to back up contacts of phone users. When the backup is successful, a user can view and manage the backed up contacts on the website www.ramaleeonline.com, by login to his account. The user can restore the contacts back to another phone in case of the theft or lost of the previous phone.
This project has enabled GSM subscribers retrieve their phone contacts after lost or damage of phones. About 55,000 people have benefitted from this project.