Another generous donor has come through with valuable tools for Cuban journalists. Check them out below, and click here to see how you can donate items. Remember that the items don’t have to be new or even functional. If it can’t be used in Cuba, it an be sold to raise money for other hardware.
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The gadgets just keep rolling in. Here are two of the latest donations.
Both of these are extremely useful tools. The Blackberry Bold 9000 has a built-in camera, WiFi and bluetooth capability, and a good mobile web browser. Plus, this particular phone is unlocked, so while it is useful enough without a service plan, it has the potential to connect a journalist who needs to make phone calls and send texts.
The Sony Cybershot might look a bit dated, but 4 megapixels is more than enough for any Cuban journalist with a blog or other online publication. Plus, it’s in great shape.
Just two more examples of the kinds of things we’re looking for. More donation images coming soon.
Seriously, though, the iPhone can open a lot of doors for Cubans on the island. Even without a service plan.
Journalists especially could benefit from the device, as it would give them a machine that gets online, shoots video and stills, records audio, and could even make Skype calls over a WiFi connection (wherever these might happen to be available in Cuba).
If you’re upgrading to the iPhone 4 (or any other smartphone), consider sending your old smartphone our way for the Cuba Connected project. Even if it’s not working, we might be able to swap parts with another phone and send an invaluable resource to a journalist in Cuba.
Here are two iPhones we’ve gotten already:
Note: We can’t make use of ALL phones. We only plan to keep smart phones that would have substantial functionality even without paying for cellular service. However, we will ACCEPT any phone donation. If we find that we can’t use your phone for our purposes, we will pass it along to Raíces de Esperanza for that organization’s Cell Phones For Cuba initiative, which gets phones to the Cuban population more broadly (not just journalists) and with a focus on phone calls and SMS.