Affordable Smartphones & their Impact on Freelancing in India
The last couple of days saw the launch of Freedom 251 by a company named Ringing Bells, go viral on media and other social networking websites. In this age, when people have realised that a smartphone is much more than just a communication device, and is a great way to build your business network, promote and publicize your business and a wide range of other purposes. If it delivers all the specifications and features it promises a smartphone for Rs.251 would be a great boosting factor to the number of people having access to smartphones and thus being able to use the internet.
Though people are facing issues with booking the phone and there are doubts about the credibility of the company, after 4 months of waiting for delivery, if this phone is able to provide the users with the combination of features like the 1.3GHz Quad Core processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB Internal Memory and the Android 5.1 operating system, it is sure to be the most affordable and useful phone ever.[sociallocker id=2937]
Internet Penetration in India in 2016
With more and more people taking to the internet every day, the number of internet users in the country is about 376 Million which is about 30% of the total population. Out of these almost 305 million people, roughly about 24% of the total population access internet through mobile phones. With the availability of cheaper smartphones and access to the internet on them, this number is sure to shoot up in the coming few months. A recent report which was released by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) and IMRB International with the title ‘Mobile Internet in India 2016’, estimated that with people from rural India getting access to mobile internet, about 371 million people are estimated to use mobile internet by June 2016.
From communication and social networking apps and sites to educational and informative ones and even for entertainment purposes, people from both urban and rural areas are frequently using the internet on mobile phones. With the availability of better technology at lower prices, the purpose for which people use mobile internet is sure to increase and apps for banking and payments, shopping, work and business related apps are sure to gain popularity.
Freelancing opportunities in India
This revolution in technology and its availability at such low prices will enable more people to take to find jobs and work online, giving them the freedom to work from the comforts of their home as well as find part time jobs and definitely have an impact on freelancing in India. Currently, with about 15 million people working as freelancers in India, the variety of freelancers available here with the skills and valuable work experience, quality of work and reliability that is offered by Indian freelancers is hard to find and can add value to any business. This will be a great way for small businesses and Startups to find most of their required workforce with the help of internet. Thus saving them the costs of providing a physical workplace and other benefits that would be demanded by a full-time employee.
With easier access to mobile internet, it will be easier for a lot of freelancers from different backgrounds to be able to find work online. With freelancing websites like Truelancer.com, which provide a great platform for people all over the globe to find jobs as well as find reliable freelancers to assign work to, the availability of mobile internet to a wider audience will be of great help. Truelancer android app will be out on the Google Playstore very soon and this will further augment to the ease of communication and finding freelance jobs. Truelancer Mobile App will not only increase Truelancer’s outreach, but also it will decrease the “Average Response Time” which holds a significant value in the Freelancer Ranking system of Truelancer.com. With the launch of Truelancer Mobile App, Truelancer will become the only Global Marketplace to have an all features supported Mobile app where people can not only post a Project with their specific requirements but also Buy pre-listed Gigs and Services with a click (Oops, I mean Touch) of a button.
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